Driving Safety Course

If you are charged with a traffic offense under the Subtitle C. Tran. Code, you may ask the judge before the appearance date on the citation, either orally or in writing, to take a driving safety course for one charge. You may not take a driving safety course without first obtaining permission from the court. You must also pay the appropriate court costs and administrative fees. No extension will be given for defensive driving. If you were operating a motorcycle and requested to take a driving safety course, you must take a motorcycle operator's training course.

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

  1. Present a valid Texas driver's license.
  2. Present proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance); showing defendant's name, vehicle coverage, effective and expiration date.
  3. Plead guilty or nolo contendere.
  4. Pay court costs and an administrative fee, if required.

Prosecution of the traffic offense will be postponed for 90 days to allow you time to complete the course. You are required to attend a driving safety course that has been approved by the Texas Education Agency or a motorcycle operator's course approved by the Department of Public Safety.

You are eligible to request this course if you:

  1. Were charged with a moving violation.
  2. Have not requested and taken a driving safety course for a traffic offense within the last 12 months.
  3. Are not currently taking the course for another traffic violation.
  4. Do not hold a commercial driver's license.
  5. Have not committed the offense of speeding 25 mph (or more) over the speed limit.
  6. Have not been charged with one of the following sections of the Transportation Code:
    • Section 472.022 - Construction zone when workers are present
    • Section 545.066 - Passing a school bus
    • Section 545.401 - Reckless driving
    • Section 545.421 - Fleeing/Elude police officers
    • Section 550.022 - Accident involving damage/Fleeing scene
    • Section 550.023 - Duty to give information and render aid
    • Section 522.003 - Serious traffic violations

Prior to the end of the 90 day period, you must present to the court a copy of your driving record from the Department of Public Safety. You are required to take the course within 90 days from the date of the request. You must also have paid all required court costs and administrative fees. If you do not, the court will send you a notice requiring you to return to court and explain why you failed to show proof of completion or pay the costs and fees required. Your failure to be present at that hearing will result in a final conviction on the charge and the issuance of a warrant for your arrest.