How to Handle a Texas Traffic Ticket

Request Defensive Driving

If you got a ticket in the State of Texas, you have a few options when it comes to handling it. You can:

  1. Admit guilt for the violation and pay the fine.
  2. Fight the ticket in court.
  3. Plead guilty or no contest and request to take a Texas defensive driving course to have your ticket dismissed.

Typically, your best bet is to opt to take a driving course (and even better—an online driving course!). This way you can dismiss your ticket and avoid having points added to your driver record. And the cleaner your driver record, the better—your auto insurance premium will be lower, and you won’t risk possible license suspension. Plus, your Texas defensive driving course will provide you with a great refresher course so you can avoid tickets in the future!

Keep in mind that in Texas, ticket dismissal varies from county to county and court to court. Below are the general requirements and restrictions.

Please speak with someone in your court/county for more specific information.

Requirements to Request a Defensive Driving Course:

  • Letter pleading "No Contest" and requesting to take traffic school in Texas.
  • Any required forms and affidavits from the court.
  • Copy of Texas driver license.
  • Copy of Proof of Insurance: e.g., your insurance card.
  • Fee – dependent on county, court, or infraction.
  • Copy of citation.


  • You cannot be currently taking Texas traffic school or have taken it in the last 12 months.
  • You cannot have a Commercial Driver License (CDL).
  • You must have a Texas driver license and appropriate auto insurance.

You are ineligible to take a defensive driving course in Texas if your citation is for:

  • Speeding more than 25 mph above the posted limit.
  • Passing a school bus.
  • Failure to stop or provide information after an accident.
  • Travelling over 95 mph.
  • A violation in a construction zone with workers present.

If you are eligible to complete a defensive driving course in Texas and you have received permission from your court/county, be sure to take advantage of it! Safe2Drive’s online Texas defensive driving course is the perfect solution: it’s approved by the Texas TDLR, it’s convenient, and it’s affordable.

Click here to find your Court's website.

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