Do not enroll or complete a defensive driving course in order to dismiss your citation until receiving prior approval from the court. If according to the eligibility requirements and ineligibility restrictions, you believe you are eligible to take Defensive Driving to dismiss your citation, then the following form for approval must be completed and submitted along with payment for state costs and administrative fees for your violation. The form and payment can be submitted online, by mail or in person during regular court hours. Your request must be received (or postmarked if mailing) no later than your initial appearance date.
Form to Request Approval for Defensive Driving Course to Dismiss Your Citation: Please note that this form requires notarization. If applying in person, the Court Administrator may notarize your document. However, if applying online or by mail, you must 1st have the form notarized before sending.
Type of Moving Violation
Not in a School Zone
$134.00 State plus $10 Administration
In a School Zone
$159.00 State plus $10 Administration
How to Proceed
Upon receipt of the form, payment of the fees and compliance with the eligibility requirements and ineligibility restrictions, you will be sent a letter of approval. This letter includes further instructions and grants you 90 days to complete the course and to obtain a certified copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin. Upon successful completion and returning of your documents to the court within the 90 day period, your citation will be dismissed.
The court is not allowed to recommend a specific defensive driving course. Any course certified by the State of Texas for ticket dismissal will be acceptable including online courses and videos. Please refer to the phone book for additional courses.
Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with any part of the driver safety course order will result in a conviction reported on your driving record and a capias warrant may be issued.