Driving Safety Course

If you are charged with a traffic offense, you may be eligible to ask the judge to take a driving safety course (DSC) to dismiss the charge. Contact the court at 936-291-5476 to find out if you can take a DSC for your charge. Do not take the the course prior to the court approving it.

Requesting the Course


All court costs and fees are due at the time of the request (on or before the initial appearance date or at the time of your court appearance). Your request must be made in writing. If you were operating a motorcycle, you must take a motorcycle operator's training course. At the time of the request you must do the following:
  1. Present your valid Texas drivers license OR proof of active military duty or proof that you are a spouse or dependant child of a person on active military duty along with proof of financial responsibility (automobile liability insurance that shows you as a covered driver);
  2. Plead Guilty or No Contest;
  3. Pay court costs and fees (generally $114.10 for non-school zone and $139.10 for school zone violations (call the court to verify your court costs). Forms of payment accepted are cash, cashier's check, money order, credit or debit card, (no personal checks). Please note that credit and debit card transactions are assessed a fee of 2.5%;
  4. Submit your Request for Driving Safety Course form and swear to an affidavit that you are not currently taking a driving safety course and that you have not taken one in the 12 months preceding the date of this violation.
If your request is granted by the Judge, your case will be postponed for 90 days to allow you time to complete the course and obtain a certified copy of your driving record. You must attend a driving safety course that has been approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) or motorcycle operator's course approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Eligibility


You are eligible to request the course if you:

  1. Have not completed a driving safety course or motorcycle operator training course within the 12 months preceding the date of the current offense;
  2. Are not currently taking the course for another traffic offense;
  3. Do not hold a commercial driver's license currently or at the time of the violation; and
  4. Are charged with an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle under Subtitle C, Rules of the Road, Transportation Code (Chapters 541-600) or Disobeying warning signs and barricades (Section 472.022 Transportation Code). Note: If you are charged with Unrestrained Child, you are eligible for DSC, but you must complete a special DSC class that includes 4 hours of instruction on child restraints.
The offense charged cannot be one of the following offenses:
  • Leaving Scene of Accident or Failure to give information at accident scene
  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officers;
  • Reckless Driving;
  • Passing a School Bus;
  • A serious traffic violation as defined by Section 522.003(25) Transportation Code (commercial vehicle);
  • An offense in a construction maintenance zone when workers are present;
  • Speeding 25 mph or more over the posted speed limit
  • Speeding at a speed of 95 mph or more (regardless of the posted speed limit)

Requirements


 By the end of the 90 day period, you must turn in the following 2 documents together:
  1. A certified copy of your driving record (version 3A) from the Texas Department of Public Safety which shows any record of a driving safety course completion; and
  2. The "court copy" of your DSC certificate of completion. The certificate must be signed by you.
If you fail to turn in the two required documents by the end of the 90 day period, you must appear at a Show Cause Hearing to explain why you failed to comply with your Order by turning in the required documents.  The Show Cause Hearing date and time will be on your signed Order which will be provided to you after your request to take the DSC option is granted. This is the only notice you will receive of the Show Cause Hearing date.

If you have a good reason why you were unable to present your proof within the time required, the judge may, but is not required to, accept your documents at that time or grant you an extension of time. Failure to appear at the Show Cause Hearing will result in a conviction against you for the offense, the maximum fine will be imposed along with other fees, and a warrant for your arrest will be issued.