Defendants must request Driver Safety Course on or before the court date and court costs are due at the time of the request.
A defendant charged with a moving traffic violation under the state law, may be eligible to take a driving safety course in order to have the ticket dismissed, and not appear on the permanent driving record. If a ticket is dismissed under this provision, it will not appear as a conviction on the driving record and according to state law, should not affect insurance premiums.
In order to take a driving safety course, a defendant must first have permission of the court to do so. To determine eligibility, a driving safety course must not have been taken 12 months prior to the date of the citation. It is the defendant's responsibility to determine if he is eligible to take a course.
If eligibility is determined, the defendant must:
- Not currently enrolled in a driving safety course
- Enter a plea of no contest or guilty
- Pay applicable state court costs and administrative fees.
- Present a valid Texas driver's license (No Commercial License)
- Present valid insurance with the defendant's name on the policy
Not all offenses under the Texas Transportation Code are subject to dismissal upon completion of a driving safety course. A driver will not be eligible to have a charge dismissed by completing a driving safety course if:
- The alleged moving violation has occurred in a construction zone with workers present
- The alleged speed is 25 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit
- The alleged violation is passing a school bus while loading or unloading students
- The driver holds a commercial driver's license
Defendants 16 years of age or younger must make a formal court appearance in front of a judge with a parent or legal guardian in order to request permission to take a driving safety course.
To submit request by mail download the DSC affidavit here.
Applicable court fees are $144.00 or $169.00 if the offense is in a school zone.
Failure to present to the court proof of completion of the driving safety course and a certified copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety on or before 90 days from this request will result in the the court entering a judgment of conviction with a fine of $200 and a report of the conviction to the Texas Department of Public Safety to be recorded on your driving record as required by law. Driving record can also be ordered online from DPS. Click the link for a list of approved TDLR driving safety course providers.