Defensive DrivingCourse

  • If you are charged with a traffic offense, you may request permission on or before your initial appearance date to take a Defensive Driving Course.
  • If you were operating a motorcycle and request a Defensive Driving Course you will be required to take a Motorcycle Operator's Training Course.
  • If you were charged with Seatbelt Violation - No Child Safety Seat 8 years and younger and request a Defensive Driving Course, you will be required to take a Specialized Driving Safety "Seat Belt" Course.


  • Present a valid Texas Operator's License and current proof of liability insurance.
  • Enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest).
  • Pay the state-mandated fees to court.
  • Pay the fee to the State for certified copy of your Driving Record.
  • Pay course provider for State Certified Course.


You are eligible to request this course if you:

  • Have not taken a Defensive Driving Course for a traffic offense within the twelve months preceding the offense date.
  • Are not currently taking the course for another traffic offense or city.

Offenses that do not qualify for Defensive Driving Course

You are ineligible to request this course if the offense was one of the following:

  • Speeding 25 mph over the limit or more.
  • Failure to Give Information at Accident Scene.
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer.
  • Pass a School Bus Loading or Unloading.
  • Any Traffic Offense Committed In A Construction Zone.
  • A Serious Traffic Violation as Defined by the Transportation Code, which applies to drivers with a Commercial Driver's License.