How do I find out if I am eligible for a Driver's Safety Course?

You may be eligible for a Driver's Safety Course if you were cited for a traffic offense (with some exceptions; please contact the Court for more information) if you have not taken the course in the previous 12 months to have a citation dismissed. You must enter a plea of No Contest or Guilty, request to take the Driver's Safety Course, and sign an Affidavit attesting that you have not completed a Driver's Safety Course in the past 12 months. Additionally you must furnish the Court with:

  1. A copy of your Texas Driver's License or proof of active military duty
  2. A copy of proof of insurance showing your name as an insured driver
  3. Payment of the court costs, plus a $10 administrative fee
    • Payment may be made in person or by mail in the form of money order, cashier's check, or Visa or MasterCard
    • Payment for DSC may not be made online

Once the Court has approved your request, you will be given 90 days to complete an approved course and provide proof with the Certificate of Completion and a copy of your driving record obtained by the Department of Public Safety:


You must order your driving record online or by mail at the following address' please contact the TX Department of Public Safety (DPS) for more information:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Driver Records Bureau
P.O. Box 149246
Austin, TX 78714
Phone: 512-424-2032
Licensee Driver Records Website

Obtain your driving record as early as possible! In many cases, the Texas DPS will allow you to print your driving record (Type 3 or 3A) directly from their website, however there are a variety of reasons that could prevent you from doing so. If you are unable to directly print your driving record, you may be required to mail in your request, which could take approximately 14 days.

It can take up to 7 to 10 days to receive your driver's safety certificate in the mail, even if you take the course online. The Court can only accept the signed "court copy" of the driver's safety certificate. A receipt or screen-print from the internet will not be accepted.

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1. When should I appear or submit defendant requests?
2. How should payment be made for my citation?
3. How do I request a payment plan?
4. Where is my ticket filed?
5. How do I find out if I am eligible for a Driver's Safety Course?
6. How can I have a ticket for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility (No Insurance) dismissed?
7. How should I file a complaint regarding treatment by court staff?
8. What do I need to know about trials/court hearings?
9. I'd like to file an appeal/motion for a new trial; what should I do?
10. What are the proper attire and conduct for court?