Driver Safety Course

What is a Driving Safety Course:

The driver safety course is a 6 to 8 hour class that is a refresher of safety techniques every driver should use. It is offered by private companies, not the Municipal Court. The Municipal Court is not allowed to give out information concerning the location or company names that provide driver safety courses.

Who is Eligible:

Those individuals who have pled guilty or no contest to certain violations and have a valid Texas driver license, liability insurance with their name on the policy, and have not taken a driver safety course within the last 12 months are eligible. If you held a Commercial Driver's License at the time the offense was committed, you are not eligible to take the Driving Safety Course.

What Offenses are Ineligible:
  • Speeding 25 m.p.h. over the limit or more
  • Failure to give information at an accident scene
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
  • Reckless driving
  • Passing a school bus
  • A serious traffic violation as defined by the Transportation Code, which applies to drivers with a commercial driver’s license.

Driving Safety Course:
Requests must be made in person or in writing by certified mail to the Municipal Court within 15 days from date the citation was issued. The request must include proof of a valid Texas driver license, proof of insurance, and you must pay a nonrefundable fee of $10.00 and court costs.

Fees Involved:
A nonrefundable $10.00 fee and court costs must be paid to the Court at the time you sign up for the driver safety course. A $10.00 fee for a manual check or a $12.00 fee for a computerized check must be paid to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to obtain a certified driving record. Prices for the driver safety course will vary depending on where you choose to take the class. State law requires the driver safety course provider to
collect at least a $25 fee for the dismissal of a traffic ticket.

Driving Safety Course Granted:
If eligible, you will be granted 90 days to complete the approved driving safety course and return the certificate of completion issued to the City of Longview and a certified copy of your driving record to the Court. A certificate of completion issued to your insurance company is not an acceptable certificate of completion for the Court. Once the certificate of completion and driving record have been turned in to the court, the citation will be dismissed. If the proper documentation is not returned to the court by the required date, you must appear before the Judge to show cause why you have failed to comply with an Order of the Court. There is no grace period. If you fail to appear at the Show Cause Hearing, a judgment of guilty will be rendered, a conviction will be entered on your driving record and the remaining balance owed will be due on the day of your Show Cause Hearing. Failure to appear before the Judge will result in a warrant for your arrest and additional fees.

Items Needed to Request Driving Safety Course:
  1. Plea Form
  2. Driving Safety Request Form
  3. Copy of valid Texas Driver's License
  4. Copy of valid insurance (minimum of liability insurance that covers you as the driver)