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Defensive Driving

Texas Defensive Driving

Texas Defensive Driving refers to a defensive driving course regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). It is a six-hour course geared to improve a driver’s knowledge, perception, and attitude about driving. Drivers take the course to get a traffic ticket dismissed or obtain a discount on their automobile insurance premium. The TDLR approves private companies to offer the course either online or in a classroom. Safe2Drive is an approved online provider of Texas Defensive Driving. Our course is available 24/7 on any device that has internet access.

Texas Defensive Driving

Get your ticket dismissed or earn an insurance discount, fast!

  • Only $25.00 the lowest price allowed by law.
  • Our Texas Defensive Driving course is approved by the TDLR.
  • Enjoy an engaging 6-hour, user-friendly, and fun online course.
  • Unlimited logins, you can complete the course at your own pace. A little at a time or all in one sitting.
  • The final exam is built into the end-of-lesson quiz questions. This means you take the final exam as you progress through the course.
  • Convenient online course, accessible 24/7 on your phone, tablet or computer.
  • Obtain a copy of your driver record.
  • We offer a FREE emailed certificate and FREE same-day processing!

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Texas Defensive Driving

Course Description

The course covers traffic laws and techniques for driving safely on Texas roads. The specific topics are regulated by the TDLR and include:

  • Rules of the Road
  • Distracted Driving
  • Driving Emergencies
  • Protecting Yourself While Driving
  • Driving in All Seasons
  • Adult and Child Safety Equipment
  • Impaired Driving
  • Driving Behaviors
  • Recent Trends in Driving
  • Best Practices and Procedures

Defensive Driving Course Versus Driving Safety Course

The terms defensive driving course and driving safety course mean the same thing. The Texas Transportation Code uses the term driving safety. Some courts do as well. Most counties, justices of the peace, and municipal courts use the term defensive driving. Nearly all drivers and schools also use the term defensive driving. Note, however, the form that you submit to request permission to take defensive driving is called a DSC Form, which stands for Driving Safety Course Form. Again, defensive driving and driving safety refer to the same thing.

The Option to Get a Ticket Dismissed

The state of Texas allows motorists to get a citation dismissed for most traffic offenses. Common offenses include speeding, right-of-way violations, and improper lane changes. Offenses that are excluded include:

  • Speeding in excess of 25 mph above the speed limit;
  • No insurance coverage;
  • Leaving the scene of a collision;
  • Passing a school bus;
  • Traffic violations in a construction zone with workers present;

You can check with the court or justice of the peace to determine if your ticket qualifies. Only one violation on a traffic ticket can be dismissed by completing defensive driving. If you were issued a citation with multiple violations, you may choose just one for dismissal. The others will be reflected on your driving record.

Eligibility for Ticket Dismissal

Each court specifies its eligibility requirements for taking a defensive driving course for ticket dismissal. You must check with your court to ensure you qualify.

You are usually eligible if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have a valid driver license (that is not a Commercial Driver License).
  • You were ticketed for a moving violation, such as speeding or running a red light.
  • You have not taken Texas traffic school for a ticket you received in the last 12 months.
  • Your court has given you permission to take a certified defensive driving course.

Request Permission to Take Defensive Driving

You must request permission to take defensive driving. The request must be made on or prior to the appearnce date on your citation. Historically, requests had to be made in person or by mail. Increasingly, courts are providing a way to submit a request online. You must check with your court to see the options available to you.

The procedure for requesting permission varies from court to court. Sometimes the procedure can be found on the back of the citation under the heading labeled "DSC instructions". You can also find the procedure on the web site for the court that has jurisdiction over your ticket.

A request typically involves submitting these items:

  • DSC Request Form (i.e., Driver Safety Course Request Form);
  • Proof of insurance;
  • Proof of valid license;
  • Fee;

You must use the DSC form provided by the court that has jurisdiction for your ticket. You can usually download it from the court's web site. Proof of insurance coverage may be a copy of your policy, an insurance card, or a certificate of self-insurance.

You may also be required to provide a copy of your driving record. You can save time and have Safe2Drive order your driver record for you.

Showing Proof of Completion

You must follow the procedure your court provides to show proof of completion. Typically, the procedure involves submitting to the court one or more of the following items:

  • Certificate of Completion for Defensive Driving
  • Copy of Driving Record;
  • Affidavit

The official term for the certificate of completion is Uniform Certificate of Driving Safety Course Completion. The school where you took the course issues the certificate to you. It is usually sent by email if you take an online course.

Some courts also require that you send a copy of your driving record. See below for more details.

Many courts also require that you submit an affidavit that affirms you were not already taking a defensive driving course at the time you submitted a request for permission to take one. It also affirms you have not completed a defensive driving course in the prior twelve months since the citation date.

Deadline for Completing Defensive Driving

You have 90 days to complete defensive driving and submit your certificate of completion. The starting point for the ninety days is most often the date the court has granted you permission. Once again, the starting date varies from court to court. Most courts use the date you are granted permission. Some, however, use the date you submitted the request. Refer to procedure your court follows.

Ticket Dismissal

Your ticket will be dismissed as long as you complete defensiving driving and submit the required paperwork within the 90-day deadline.

How to Get an Insurance Discount

Texas requires all licensed drivers to maintain an automobile insurance policy. The minimum required insuance is set by law and includes the following elements:

  • $30,000 bodily injury liability per person
  • $60,000 bodily injury liability per accident
  • $25,000 property damage liability per accident

Insurance premiums can be costly. Many Texas insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who complete a defensive driving program. Check with your insurance provider to see if they offer this discount. Discounts can be as much as 15%.

If your insurance provider does offer this discount, select the "Insurance Discount" option when you register for the Texas Defensive Driving course. When you complete the course, print a copy of your Certificate of Completion and deliver it to your insurance company. They'll reduce your car insurance premium.

Insurance discounts are typically valid for three years. You can renew the discount by simply taking the course again.

Insurance Discount Course

How Does the Defensive Driving Course Work?

Safe2Drive's Texas Defensive Driving is quick and easy. Get everything done in three simple steps!

Step one of Driver Safety Program

Step One: Register for the course

Registration is fast and easy -- only two minutes! You will provide your contact information and create a username and password. Use your username and password to access the course as often as you want. We provide unlimited logins.

Step two of Texas Defensive Driving Program

Step Two: Take the course

Our Texas Defensive Driving course consists of 11 short online lessons. We've incorporated the final exam into the multiple-choice end-of-lesson quizzes. That means you'll take the final exam as you progress through the course. You must pass the end-of-lesson quiz to proceed to the next lesson. Most people pass the lesson quiz on their first attempt, but you can retake a lesson quiz as many times as necessary to pass at no extra fee.

Step three of Driver Safety Program

Step Three: Print Your Certificate of Completion

When you complete the course, you will receive a printable Certificate of Completion. We also provide a FREE emailed certificate. You must sign the court copy of the certificate and deliver it to your court. We provide an additional copy of your certificate for you to keep for your records.

Driver Record

The Texas Driver Record

The Texas Driver Record is a log of your driving history going back 15 years or more. It contains a list of accidents and traffic violations. Non-serious violations are removed after 15 years. Serious violations such as DWI are never removed. Out-of-state violations will also appear on your Texas driving record.Unlike most states, Texas has 6 different types of driving records. Type 3A is the one drivers need for defensive driving. Type 3A is a certified record that contains a list of accidents and violations.

Six Types of Driver Record

  • Type 1 (Status Record): name, date of birth, status of license, and current address on file.
  • Type 2 (3-year History Record): name, date of birth, license status, list of accidents and violations in record within past 3-year period.
  • Type 2A (Certified 3-year History record: certified version of Type 2. Not acceptable for Defensive Driving Course.
  • Type 3 (List of All Accidents and Violations in Record): name, date of birth, status of license, list of all accidents and violations in record.
  • Type 3A (Certified List of All Accidents and Violations in Record): certified version of Type 3. Acceptable for Defensive Driving Course.
  • Certified Abstracts of Driving Record (Type AR): Certified abstract of complete driving record of a license holder.
Texas Ticket Dismissal

Must I Submit My Driver Record?

The requirement to submit a copy of your driver record along with your certificate of completion for defensive driving varies from court to court. Usually, courts require it. However, check with the court that has jurisdication for your ticket.

How to Obtain Your Driver Record

Safe2Drive makes it easy and convenient for Texas Driver’s License holders to obtain a copy of their Certified Driving Record. You can order it at the time you register for the course. Our prices are especially competitive.

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Alternatively, you may order your driving record by using the State electronic Internet portal at www.texas.gov. You may also order your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety by sending an Application for Copy of Driver Record (DR-1) to:
Driver Records Bureau
Texas Department of Public Safety
Box 149246, Austin, TX, 78714-9246

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Texas Defensive Driving Questions

General Note

We have made every attempt to answer the most commonly asked Texas defensive driving questions. Please call or email us if your question is not here.

How long does the Texas Defensive Driving course take?

How many hours is defensive driving in Texas?

The Texas Defensive Driving course is 6 hours in length and satisfies the TDLR Defensive Driving Course requirements. You can take the course at your leisure. You can log in and out as often as you wish.

Does Defensive Driving dismiss a ticket in Texas?

Yes, If the court approves, taking a defensive driving course is the best solution to a speeding ticket if you’re eligible.

Do I need to finish my Texas Defensive Driving course in one sitting?

No, you can come and go as often as you like. We provide unlimited logins. Just use your username and password to log in. We take you back to where you left off each time you return.

Onlined Driver Safety Program

Why do you need a driving record to dismiss a ticket?

Some judges require drivers to submit a certified type 3A driver record with their Defensive Driving course Certificate of Completion to show whether they have taken another Defensive Driving course within the past 12 months. Drivers are only allowed to take a Defensive Driving course once every 12 months to get a ticket dismissed. Judges do not have any way to know if a defendant has had a ticket dismissed in another court without looking at their driver record (the certified type 3A driver record shows when a driver has taken a Defensive Driving course). It is up to each judge whether they want to require one or not.

course questions

What happens if I do not pass the lesson quiz?

Most people pass each quiz the first time. However, if you fail a lesson quiz, you will have to retake it as often as necessary until you achieve a 75% or better (3 out of 4 questions correct) before moving on to the next lesson.

How can I prevent points from going on my Texas driving record?

If your court grants you permission, you can take a Texas Defensive Driving (Driver Safety) course to prevent points going on your driving record.

What is the fastest Texas Defensive Driving online course?

Safe2Drive's Defensive Driving course is 6 hours. It is the shortest driver safety course approved by the TDLR.

Signed DPS Certificate

Do you send the certificate straight to the court?

No. We will email the printable Texas Defensive Driving Certificate to you. You must sign it and deliver it to the court.

How soon will I get my Texas Defensive Driving Certificate?

When you complete the course, we will immediately email your Certificate of Completion to you. Please print and sign the court copy then deliver it to your court. An additional copy is also included, so you have a record that you have successfully completed a Texas Defensive Driving Program.

Cost of Defensie Driving Course

What is the cost of the Defensive Driving Course?

The Texas Defensive Driving (Driver Safety) Online course price is $25.00.

If the municipal court or the justice of the peace charges a court fee for you to take a driving safety course, and if they require you to obtain a copy of your driving record, those fees are in addition to the price that you will pay for the driving safety course.

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Cost of Defensie Driving Course

Benefits of Safe2Drive's Course

We offer the quickest and cheapest online defensive driving course in Texas. Our course is designed to fit your schedule. It is available 24/7 on any online device.

No sitting in a classroom or pouring over textbooks. Take your Texas Defensive Driving course online at your own pace and dismiss that traffic ticket!

  • Self-Paced Course – Move as Fast or Slow as You Want. Play and Pause as Needed
  • Unlimited Logins – Easily Fits into Your Schedule
  • Fun, Easy-to-Pass Lessons – Videos, Games, and Animations
  • NO FINAL EXAM – Multiple-Choice Quizzes
  • Unlimited Attempts – Guaranteed to Pass