If you are charged with a traffic violation, you may be eligible to take a driving safety course to dismiss the charge.
In order to be eligible to take a driver safety course:
- You must not have taken a driver safety course in the last 12 months.
- The request must be made before the appearance date on the citation.
- At the time of the request, you must present proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance) that was in effect at the time of the violation.
- You must enter a plea of guilty or no contest.
- You must provide a copy of a valid Texas driver’s license.
- You must pay the court costs and an administrative fee.
The following are not eligible to take a driver safety course:
- If you are currently taking a course for another traffic violation.
- If you hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or held a commercial license at the time the violation occurred.
- If you were speeding 25 or more miles per hour over the speed limit or over 94 miles per hour.
- If you were passing a school bus.
- If the violation was a failure to stop and give information.
- The violation occurred in a construction zone when workers were present.
If approved, the case will be postponed for 90 days to allow you time to complete the course. You must attend a driving safety course that has been approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations or a motorcycle operator’s course approved by the Department of Public Safety.
If you fail to complete the driver safety course or submit all documentation as ordered you will be notified to appear before the judge to show cause why you failed to comply.