If you are charged with a moving violation under Subtitle C of the Texas Transportation Code, you may ask the Judge before the appearance date on the citation, either orally (in person) or in writing (by mail), to take a driving safety course. NOTE: If you hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), you are not eligible for the Driving Safety Course.
Do not take a driving safety course without first obtaining permission from the court.
If you were operating a motorcycle and request to take a driving safety course, you must take a motorcycle operator’s training course. At the time of the request, you must:
a. present proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance);
b. present a valid Texas driver's license;
c. plead guilty or no contest;
d. pay the courts costs and an administration fee (for moving violation offenses: $133 or $158 if in a school zone
e. sign an affidavit swearing that you are eligible to take a driving safety course.
You are eligible to request this course if you:
1. have not completed a driving safety course for dismissal of a traffic offense within the 12 months preceding the date of the offense;
2. are not currently taking the course for another traffic violation;
3. have not committed the offense of speeding 25 mph or over the posted speed limit; and
4. have not committed one of the following offenses:
(a) failure to give information at an accident scene;
(b) leaving the scene of an accident;
(c) fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer;
(d) reckless driving;
(e) passing a school bus; or
(f) a serious traffic violation as defined under Chapter 522, Transportation Code, which applies to drivers with commercial driver's licenses.
Once you have been approved by the court, you have 90 days to complete and provide a certificate of completion to the court. The Driving Safety Course provider must be approved by the Texas Education Agency and the course may be taken either online, in a classroom setting, or by video/DVD. You must also provide to the court a certified copy of your driving record as maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety. If you fail to comply with these conditions, you will receive notice of a Show Cause hearing requiring you to return to court and explain why you failed to show proof of completion. If you have a good reason why you were unable to present your proof within 90 days, the Judge may, but is not required to, grant you an extension.
Below is a link to download the Driving Safety Course request form and an application to request a copy of your driving record. Please follow the instructions on the application.