Defensive Driving

If you are charged with a traffic offense under Subtitle C of the Transportation Code, you may request before the appearance date on the citation, either orally or in writing, to take a driving safety course. If you were operating a motorcycle and request to take a driving safety course, you must take a motorcycle operator's training course.

Present proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance). Must be a printed copy.

You are not eligible to request this course if you:

  • Have requested or taken a driving safety course for a traffic offense within the preceding year of your offense date
  • Are currently taking the course for another traffic violation
  • Held a CDL (commercial driver's license) at the time of the offense or hold a CDL at the time of the request
  • Committed an offense in a construction or maintenance zone when workers were present
  • Alleged to have been speeding 25 mph or more over the speed limit
  • Charged with passing a school bus loading or unloading children
  • Charged with leaving the scene of an accident after causing damage to a vehicle that is driven or attended
  • Charged with leaving the scene of an accident and fail to give information and/or render aid

At the time of your request, you must do the following:

  • Enter a plea of guilty or no contest
  • Present a valid Texas Driver's license
  • Present proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance)
  • Pay court costs and administration fee

You are required to attend a driving safety course that has been approved by the Texas Education Agency or a motorcycle operator's course approved by the Department of Public Safety. Prosecution of the traffic offense will be postponed for 90 days to allow you time to successfully complete the approved course and present evidence of successful completion of the course to the Court on or before the 90th day.