Driving Safety Course Dismissal
You may be eligible to attend a driving safety course or a motorcycle safety course (if you were operating a motorcycle at the time of the citation) for dismissal of one moving traffic violation. You must meet the following requirements:
- Have a valid Texas driver’s license that is not a commercial driver’s license or be active duty military personnel including spouses and dependent children.
- Have valid proof of insurance or other evidence of financial responsibility.
- Have not taken a Driving Safety Course within the past year to have a citation dismissed.
- The violation was not committed in a construction zone when workers were present.
- Cannot be speeding 25 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit.
- Cannot be speeding 95 miles or more.
- Cannot be a violation for have overtaken or passing a school bus.
- Cannot be a violation for failing to stop and provide information or render aid after an accident.
- Cannot be charged with committing a serious traffic violation.
Note: Commercial Driver’s License Holders are Not Eligible
Driving Safety Course Requests (In Person or by Mail Only)
If you meet the above criteria, you may request a driving safety course on or before your appearance date on your citation. If you are sending your request by mail, then it must be postmarked no later than the appearance date on your citation. When you make your request, you must provide the court the following requirements:
- A copy of your valid driver’s license
- A copy of your valid insurance for vehicle listed on citation
- Payment of court costs plus an administrative fee ($144.00 outside of a school zone or $169.00 inside of a school zone)
- The completed Driving Safety Course request form. View the DSC Request Form (PDF)
- A notarized affidavit stating you are not presently taking, nor have previously taken within the last 12 months, a driving safety course. View the DSC Affidavit (PDF).
Late or incomplete requests will be rejected. Requests that are approved will be mailed an instruction packet to the address indicated on the DSC request form. Court approval must be obtained before beginning the driver safety course. You may take the course online or in a classroom. View a complete list of approved driver safety courses click here. You will be given 90 days to complete and return the driver’s safety course “Court” copy of certificate and your certified driver record to the court. To request your Certified Driving Record 3A, visit texas.gov or view the application (please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery). If you would like the court to send you a copy of the dismissal, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Note: It is important to keep the Court notified of your current mailing address so you do not miss important correspondence.
Failure to Comply
If you fail to present to this court, your proof of a uniformed certificate of a driving safety course and a certified driving record within the 90 days, the court will require your appearance at a show cause hearing. The show cause hearing notice will be mailed to you at the last known address the court has on file, or you may pay the balance owed, which will then result as a conviction on your driving record.
If you fail to appear at the show cause hearing, the court will impose the fine, enter a conviction and a capias pro-fine warrant will be issued for your arrest without further notice.