If you are charged with a traffic offense under Subtitle C of the transportation code you may ask the court if you qualify to take a defensive driving course. The request for defensive driving must be made in writing and the court will require the following at the time of the request:
- Valid Texas Drivers License
- Valid Proof of Financial Responsibility (Insurance)
- A Plea of Guilty or No Contest
- Payment of Court Costs and an Administrative Fee
If you are to take a defensive driving course, you will be allowed 90 days to complete the course and show proof of completion to the court. You are required to attend a defensive driving course approved by the Texas Education Agency or a motorcycle operator's course approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
You are eligible to take the course if you:
- Have not take a defensive driving course within the past year for a ticket dismissal
- Are not currently taking the course for another traffic violation
- Have not committed the offense of speeding 25 mph or more over the speed limit
- Do not have a commercial driver's license or out of state driver's license
You may not take defensive driving for certain offenses. You should call the court to see if you qualify. Passing or overtaking a school bus is an example of a violation that will not all you to take a defensive driving course.
If you fail to show proof of completing the defensive driving course to the court within 90 days, you will be required to appear for a show cause hearing. If you fail to appear for the hearing you will be charged with failure to appear and the case will be reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.