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 driver's safety course if:
  1. The alleged speed is not 25 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit or the alleged speed is not greater than or equal to 95 miles per hour.
  2. The offense did not occur in a construction zone when workers were present.
  3. You have not used this option during the 12 months preceding the offense date, that 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.
  4. You have a valid Texas Driver License, Permit or current Military I.D.
  5. You provide the court with proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance) that complies with state law.
  6. 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.
  7.  You do not hold a Commercial Driver's License.

To ask the court for permission to take the Driver's Safety Course as a condition of deferred adjudication, please click here to download the request form.

Fill out the form, have it notarized and return it with the required documents and cashier’s check or money order for $144.00 to:

Justice of the Peace Precinct 4
211 W 6th St
Taylor, TX 76574

Or, email the notarized Driving Safety Course form to JP4@wilco.org. You will need to call our office at (512) 352-4155 to make the $144.00 payment over the phone.

To locate a DPS-approved Driver Safety Course provider, please click here. Courses can be taken online or at the provider's location.