Course Eligibility & Requirements

Any person under the age of 25 shall be required to complete a driver's safety course pursuant to Art. 45.051 (b -1) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

The request to take a safety course must be made prior to the expiration of the 20 business day period allowed to appear on your citation. The request must be made in person or in writing. Payment of the State costs and administrative fees should be submitted with your request. Defendants issued citations for seat belt violations or while operating a motorcycle must also complete the written request for a driving safety course.

Driving Safety Course Eligibility

To qualify you must meet the following terms:
  1. You must have a valid Texas Driver's License or if you are a member or spouse/dependent of a member of the United States Military forces serving on active duty
  2. You must have current proof of financial responsibility (insurance) with your name listed as a covered driver on the policy.
  3. You must not have taken a safety course within the past 12 months from the date of the current citation
  4. You cannot have taken a driving safety course or motorcycle operator training course for dismissal of another citation or be in the process of taking the course for another traffic violation and said course is not yet reflected on your driving record
  5. You cannot have a commercial driver's license or have been charged with an offense in a construction zone with workers present or speeding 25 miles or more over the posted speed limit.

Requirements if Determined Eligible

You may request this option, by mail or in person, before the Court within 20 business days from the date cited.

You must provide the following:
  1. You must enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere/no contest
  2. You must pay the State costs and fees (call for amount due); fee is due at time of request
  3. You must file an affidavit with the Court stating you have met the above requirements
  4. You must obtain a copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety. An application to obtain your record will be provided to you by the Court Clerks after your request for a safety course is granted