Driving Safety Option
Driving Safety/Defensive Driving Options
If you are charged with a traffic offense, you may be eligible to ask the judge to take a driving safety course to dismiss the charge. The request must be made before the appearance date on the citation (21 business days from the date of the citation). It may be made either orally in person or in writing through the mail. If you were operating a motorcycle and requested to take a driving safety course, you must take a motorcycle operator's training course.
Do not take a defensive driving course until you have received the confirmation letter from the court, otherwise, you will be required to see the Judge.
Failure to enclose all information listed will result in a denial of the course.
You are eligible to take a Driving Safety Course if you:
- Have not taken a driving safety course for a traffic offense within the last 12 months;
- Are not currently taking the course for another traffic violation
- Have not committed the offense of speeding 25mph over the speed limit
- Did not have a commercial driver's license on the date of violation.
- Have not committed one of the following offenses:
- Failure to Give Information at Accident Scene;
- Leaving Scene of Accident.
- Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer;
- Reckless Driving
- Passing a School Bus
- A serious traffic violation, which applies to commercial motor vehicle operators;
- An offense in a construction maintenance zone when workers are present.
- At the time of the request, you must do the following:
- Present proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance);
- Show proof that you hold a valid Texas Drivers License that is not a commercial driver's license
- Plead guilty or nolo contendere; and
- Contact the court to find out the court cost and administrative fees for your violation.
You will have 90 days from the date of the request to submit the certificate from the driving safety course as well as your driving record as maintained by the Texas DPS. The driving safety course must be approved by the Texas Education Agency and a motorcycle operator's course must be approved by the Department of Public Safety.
If you do not take the course in the time required and/or fail to present the court with a certificate of completion, the court will notify you to return to court and explain why you failed to show proof of completion. Your failure to be present at that hearing will result in a warrant for your arrest being issued. An additional charge may also be filed.
Requesting a Drivers Safety Course by Mail
In order to request it by mail, you must complete a Request for Drivers Safety form (linked above) and mail it to Haltom City Municipal Court, 5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, TX 76117 along with all of the following:
- A copy of your driver's license (you will not be eligible if you hold a commercial license).
- A copy of your automobile insurance (the policy must be in your name or you must be a listed driver).
- Contact the court at 817-222-7773 to find out what the current state fees are.
Your request must be received by your scheduled appearance date. Once you are approved by the municipal court, you will receive a confirmation letter.