Defensive Driving

Requirements for Driving Safety Course (DSC)

In order to take a Driving Safety Course (DSC) to have your citation dismissed, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Can not be speeding 25 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit
  • Have a valid Texas driver’s license or be active duty military personnel including spouses and dependent children
  • Have insurance or other evidence of financial responsibility
  • Have not taken DSC within the past year from date of violation
  • The violation was not committed in a construction zone when workers were present
  • Request the option and pay the appropriate fee on or  before your court date
  • Commercial drivers license (CDL) holders do not qualify for this option

Requesting Driving Safety Course (DSC)

If you meet the above criteria, you may request to take a driving safety course on or before your scheduled court date printed on your citation. You must request the option of taking the driver safety course and pay a fee of $144.00 BEFORE completing the class. If the violation occurred inside an active school zone there will be an extra $25 fee for a total of $169.00.

You will have 90 days from the date you request DSC from the court to complete the course and obtain a certified copy of your driving record. Upon successful completion and return of your documents to the court within the 90 days, your citation will be dismissed.  

To request DSC by mail include:

  • A copy of your proof of financial responsibility (or insurance)
  • A copy of your valid drivers license or permit
  • A written plea of either guilty or no contest
  • A written statement indicating your request to take a driving safety course
  • Payment of court costs; only a cashier’s check or money order will be accepted
  • A self addressed and stamped envelope
  • must be received and postmarked by your court date.