Driving Safety Courses

Driving Safety Courses (DSC) 
If you are charged with a traffic offense, you may be eligible to have the charge dismissed by taking a Driving Safety Course. The request must be made in person or in writing by your court appearance date or you may lose your right to take the course.

You are eligible to request this course if you: 
  • Appear on or before your court date.
  • Have not requested and taken a driving safety course within the last 12 months for ticket dismissal.
  • Are not currently taking the course for another traffic violation.
  • Do not hold a commercial drivers license.
  • Did not commit one of the following serious traffic violations;
    • Leave scene of accident.
    • Failed to give information at scene of accident.
    • Fleeing.
    • Reckless driving.
    • Passing a school bus.
    • An offense in a construction zone with workers present.
    • Speeding 25mph or more over the limit.

At the time of the request you must do the following: 
  1. Enter a plea of nolo contendere (no contest)
  2. Present a valid Texas drivers license, unless active military or a military spouse.
  3. Present proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance)
  4. Pay court cost and a non-refundable administrative fee.
  5. Swear or affirm to an affidavit that you are not currently taking a driving safety course and you have not taken a course that is not yet reflected on your driving record.

Your case will be deferred for 90 days to allow you time to complete the driver safety course and acquire a certified copy of your driving record from the state. The course must be certified for ticket dismissal.

If you do not present your driving safety course certificate and certified driving record to the court within the 90 day deferral period, you will be summons to court to show cause before the judge. If you have good reason why you were unable to present your proof within the time required, the judge may, but is not required to, grant you an extension. Your failure to be present at the hearing may result in a warrant for your arrest and additional fees added.