Texas Seat Belt Course

How to Handle a Seat Belt Ticket in Texas


Why Should I Take a Seat Belt Course?

Typically, a driver takes a Texas Seat Belt course because they received a seat belt-related citation and have been ordered by the court to attend a driving safety course. Individuals may also choose to take a Seat Belt course for continuing education purposes.

Why Would I Get a Seat Belt Ticket?

Texas, like other states, has occupant restraint laws in place in order to keep drivers and passengers safe. A ticket for a seat belt-related offense can be issued for breaking these laws.

You are considered to be committing an offense when you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are at least 15 years old.
  2. You are riding in a passenger vehicle (noncommercial vehicle) while the vehicle is being operated.
  3. You are sitting in a seat that has a seat belt and you are not wearing the seat belt.

You can also be given a ticket if:

  1. You operate a passenger vehicle that has seat belts and you allow a child under the age of 17 (who is not required to sit in a child passenger safety seat system) to ride in the vehicle without wearing a seat belt, if they are sitting in a seat that has a seat belt.
  2. You operate a passenger vehicle and transport a child under the age of 8 and do not keep the child in a child passenger safety seat system (car seat), unless the child is taller than 4'9".
  3. You operate a school bus that has a seat belt for the driver’s seat but do not wear it.
  4. You operate an open-bed pickup truck when a child under the age of 18 is in the bed of the truck.

Read more about Texas seat belt laws here.

What Do I Need to Do If I'm Ordered to Take a Texas Seat Belt Course?

You will need to successfully complete a Seat Belt course and provide proof of this fact for the court. Safe2Drive will email you a Certificate of Completion at the end of your course which will serve as your proof.

What Are the Requirements for a Texas Seat Belt Course?

In order to receive credit for your TX driving safety course, the course must:

  1. Be TDLR-approved.
  2. Include at least 4 hours of information that encourages the proper use of seat belts and car seats.
  3. Teach the effectiveness of seat belts in improving safety.

Safe2Drive’s online Texas Seat Belt course meets all of these standards, and it’s not only educational, it’s entertaining, too!