What is a Driving Safety Course?
The driver safety course (also called Defensive Driving) is a refresher course of safety techniques every driver should use. It can be taken to keep certain citations from being reported as a conviction on your driving record.
Who is Eligible?
Those individuals who have a valid Texas driver license (not a commercial license), valid insurance coverage for the driver, and have not taken a driver safety course within the last 12 months are eligible. Please contact our office at 903-237-1186 to see if your citation qualifies.
Which charges are ineligible?
- Speeding 25 m.p.h. over the limit or more
- Speeding in excess of 95 m.p.h.
- Failure to give information at an accident scene
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
- Passing a school bus
- Offenses committed in a construction work maintenance zone when workers are present
- Traffic offenses committed by a person with a commercial driver's license
Requests for Driving Safety Course
- Can be made In Person, Online, or by Certified Mail
- Must include copy of Texas driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and required payment-contact court for amount due
- Must be received before or at the scheduled Arraignment Hearing
Complying with Driver’s Safety Course
You will have 90 days to complete the driver’s safety course, submit both the certificate of completion and copy of your certified driving record. Failure to submit the required documents by the due date will result in a hearing being schedule for you to explain what went wrong.