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Driving Safety Course

Program Overview

If you are charged with a traffic offense, you may be eligible to ask the judge to take a driving safety course to dismiss the charge. The request must be made prior to your scheduled court date. It must be made in person, by counsel, or by certified mail. (If you are under age 17, you must appear in open court with a parent or guardian to make the request.)

At the time of the request, you must do the following:

1) Plead guilty or no contest;
2) Pay court costs plus a $10 administrative fee ($144.00);
3) Present proof of financial responsibility (insurance); and
4) Present a valid Texas driver's license or permit. (Active military and spouses or dependent children of active military may present a valid driver's license from any state.)

To be eligible, you:

1) Cannot have taken a driving safety course or motorcycle operator's course for a traffic offense within the last 12 months from the date of the current offense;
2) Cannot currently be taking the course for another traffic violation;
3) Cannot be the holder of a commercial driver's license (CDL) or have held a CDL at the time of offense,  whether you were driving your personal car or a commercial vehicle (per Art. 45.051(f) and 45.051(s), Texas Code of Criminal Procedure); and
4) Have not committed one of the following offenses:

  • Failure to Give Information at Accident Scene;
  • Leaving Scene of Accident;
  • Passing a School Bus;
  • An offense in a construction or maintenance work zone when workers are present;
  • Speeding 25 mph or more over limit; or
  • Speeding 85 mph or more.

The case will be deferred for 90 days.
During that time you must:

1) Complete a driving safety approved by the Texas Education Agency or a motorcycle operator's course approved by the Department of Public Safety and present the completion certificate to the court; (click for sample courses)
2) Present a certified copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety that shows that you have not had a driving safety course within the preceding 12 months from the date of the current offense.

If you do not present the required documents on time, the court will notify you to return for a show cause hearing and explain or show cause why you failed to comply with a court order. The judge may, but is not required to, grant an extension to file the required papers. Your failure to be present at the show cause hearing will result in a conviction, a fine being assessed, and a capias pro fine for your arrest being issued.

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