Driving Safety Course
(NOT for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders)
You may be able to request that a charge be dismissed by taking a Driving Safety Course. However, you will lose that right if you do not provide written notice to the court of your desire to do so, on or before your appearance date.
DO NOT TAKE THE COURSE UNTIL YOU HAVE OBTAINED PERMISSION FROM THE COURT. Please contact the court office so we may assist in determining eligibility.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR DSC ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- You must enter a written plea of guilty or no contest
- You must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License
- You must possess Texas Liability Insurance valid the day of your request
- You must pay the State Court Costs and administrative fee of $10.00
- You cannot be charged with speeding in excess of 24 miles per hour above speed limit
- You cannot be currently taking the course for another citation
- Your driving record cannot reflect completion of a DSC within the twelve months preceding the date of the alleged offense
YOU CAN REQUEST YOUR TEXAS DRIVING RECORD ONLINE.
You must provide the court with a sworn affidavit of eligibility, listing all seven requirements that must be notarized and filed with the court by your court date. If you appear in person at the Court, please bring your valid Texas Driver’s License, proof of insurance (showing that you were covered the date you received the citation and the date of your request), court costs and administrative fee. The Court Clerk will notarize the court’s affidavit for you at no extra charge. Upon court approval to take the course, you will have ninety days in which to provide the court with the two following documents:
- The “court certificate” of completion (signed) of the driving safety course from an agency approved by the State of Texas.
- A certified copy of your driving record as maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
If these two documents are not filed within the court within ninety days, you may be responsible for payment, thereby having the offense reported to your driver’s record and a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
If you were operating a motorcycle, you may be required to take a motorcycle operator's training course. If you are charged with allowing a child to ride unsecured in a safety belt or a child passenger safety seat system, you must take a special driving safety course that has four hours of training on child passenger safety seat systems.