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Defensive Driving Courses

You may be able to require that one traffic citation be dismissed by taking an approved driving safety course. HOWEVER, you may lose that right if you do not provide written notice of your desire to do so and a plea of guilty or no contest to the Court on or before the appearance date (as shown on your citation).

A CHARGE MAY BE DISMISSED BY COMPLETING A DRIVING SAFETY COURSE IF:
the alleged speed is not 25 mph or more above the posted speed limit or 95 miles per hour or more.

1.      The offense did not occur in a construction zone when workers were present.

2.      You have not used this option during the 12 months preceding the offense date and you are not in the process of using this option for another offense and that you have not completed a course which is not reflected on your driving record

3.      you have a valid Texas Driver License, Permit or current Military I.D.

4.      you provide the court with proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance) that complies with state law

5.      you provide the court with a certified copy of your driving record from DPS which shows you have not received a dismissal under these terms within the last 12 months.

6.      You do not hold a Commercial Driving License

To ask the court for permission to take the Driving Safety Course as a condition of deferred adjudication, please click here to download the plea form, fill out all of the form and check #5. You will need to comply with all the steps listed in #5. Once completed, please return the plea form with a cashier's check or money order for $135.00 (Note: This amount became effective on Sept. 1, 2019 because of legislative changes) to Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, 211 W. 6th St., Taylor, Texas 76574.

To locate an DPS-approved Driver Safey Course provider, please click here. Courses can be taken online and at the provider's location.