Driving Safety Course

If you are charged with a traffic offense under the Subtitle C of the Texas transportation Code, you may request permission to take a Driving Safety Course. Request for a Safety Driving course must be made prior to initial hearing date and before taking a course.  At the time of the request, you must do the following:

  • Plead guilty or nolo contendere; and
  • Pay court costs and an administration fee
  • Present valid Texas Driver's License (CDL holders are not eligible for Defensive Driving);
  • Present proof of financial responsibility ( usually liability insurance);
  • Complete the Driving Safety Affidavit form
  • Complete the Driving Safety Request form

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.

You are eligible to request this course if you:

  • Have not taken a driving safety course within the 12 months preceding the date of the offense
  • Are not currently taking the Driving Safety course for another traffic violation
  • Do not hold a commercial driver's license
  • Have not committed the offense of speeding 25 mph over the speed limit; and
  • Have not committed one of the following offenses:
    • Failure to Give Information at Accident Scene;
    • Leaving Scene of Accident;
    • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer;
    • Reckless Driving; or
    • Passing a School Bus.
    • Moving violation committed in a construction zone with workers present

UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE: Along with the certificate from your Driver's Safety Course, you are required by law to provide a copy of your driving record from the Texas DPS (you can print a form to mail in or complete the request online to immediately obtain a copy of your driving record).  NOTE: You must select option "3A" on the DPS mail in form or the DPS web site in order to obtain the required version of your driving record.  The Driver's Safety Certificate and the certified copy of your driving record must be submitted to the court within 90 days of the date on which the court approves your request to take the course.