Defensive Driving

If you are interested in taking a driving safety course to dismiss your citation, please read the following eligibility requirements and ineligibility restrictions:

Eligibility Requirements
  • Defensive driving can only be approved if a plea of guilty or no contest is entered with the court.
  • You must have a valid Texas driver's license.
  • You must not have been cited with speeding 25 miles per hour (mph) or more over the posted speed limit.
  • 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 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.
  • You must remit payment for court costs and applicable fees before taking the defensive driving course.
  • 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.
Ineligibility Restrictions
If you were cited for any of the following, you are not eligible to take defensive driving:
  • Any offense in a construction zone when workers were present
  • Following too closely
  • Failure to give information or render aid
  • A violation resulting in an accident
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Fleeing from a Police Officer
  • No insurance or failure to maintain financial responsibility
  • Passing a school bus with lights flashing
  • Speeding 25 mph or more over the posted speed limit
  • Speeding in a school zone
  • Improper or erratic lane change
  • Reckless driving