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If you are interested in taking a driving safety course to dismiss your citation you must request permission to take defensive driving from the Court by mail or in person by your initial appearance date (20 business days from the date of the citation).
The following are the standard eligibility requirements for approval to take defensive driving:
You must not have been cited with speeding 25 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit.
You must have a valid Texas driver's license.
You will NOT be eligible for defensive driving if you hold a commercial driver's license, or held a commercial driver's license when the offense was committed regardless of whether you were in a commercial vehicle or personal vehicle or car.
You must provide proof of financial responsibility or vehicle liability insurance. Proof must show coverage for the date of the offense and must still be in affect.
Defensive driving can only be approved if a plea of guilty or no contest is entered with the court.
You must not have completed a defensive driving course (for the purpose of dismissing a previous citation) within the 12 months preceding the date of the offense on your current citation.
You must remit cash, or cashier's check to pay court costs and applicable fees before taking the defensive driving course.
If you were cited for any of the following, you are not eligible to take defensive driving:
1.) Speeding 25 mph or more over the posted speed limit
2.) No insurance or failure to maintain financial responsibility
3.) Leaving the scene of an accident
4.) Passing a School Bus with lights flashing
5.) Any offense in a construction zone when workers were present
6.) A violation resulting in a fatality