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Defensive Driving


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Texas Defensive Driving Ticket Dismissal

Sooner or later it happens to the best of us. An unexpected traffic ticket. The best way to keep points off your driving record and prevent insurance rate increases, is to take an online defensive driving course to dismiss traffic tickets for moving violations.

Driver safety courses are six hours in length and the State provides ninety days from the date of plea in order to complete the course and provide the court clerk with a certificate of completion. Young drivers with a good driving record should consider taking the course, even if they have not received a moving violation, in order to reduce their insurance premiums. Most insurance companies provide up to a 10% discount for completing the course.

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Defensive driving requirements.

Defensive Driving Texas Requirements

The State of Texas allows a driver to take a defensive driving course to dismiss a traffic ticket under the following conditions:

  1. Driver holds a valid Texas drivers license or learners permit.
  2. Driver admits guilt or pleads no contest to the traffic violation and requests to take a defensive driving course for dismissal.
  3. Driver has not previously taken a defensive driving course in the past twelve months.
  4. If citation was for speeding, violation was not more than 25 MPH over the posted speed limit.

In most cases, simply contact the Court Clerk at the phone number listed on the back of the traffic ticket and ask if you can complete a defensive driving course to dismiss your citation. The court will provide ample time to complete a driver safety course. Though it’s tempting to put off until the last minute, it’s really as simple as enrolling and spending a few hours online to complete the course and receive your certificate.

Questions About Texas Defensive Driving

How much does it cost to take defensive driving in Texas?

The State mandates a minimum course fee of $25.00.  Most course providers use this minimum fee.  For ticket dismissal, the State of Texas also requires a copy of a driver’s driving record.  This is an additional fee and most course providers offer this service in addition to the course.

Can you take defensive driving online in Texas?

Yes, and the benefit to taking an online course is that you can complete the six hour course all at once, or an hour or two at a time, based upon your schedule.  It’s also very convenient.  Classroom based courses require travel to and from and you must meet their schedule, usually in the evening or an all-day Saturday.

How long do you have to take defensive driving after a ticket in Texas?

For ticket dismissal and to keep the citation off your driving record, drivers have 90 days from the date of plea to complete a stated approved defensive driving course.

How often can you take a defensive driving course in Texas?

For the purposes of traffic ticket dismissal, you can take a defensive driving course once per year, provided you meet the eligibility standards noted above.

How long does it take to complete online defensive driving?

Texas online defensive driving course is a total of six hours and can be completed in a single day, or spread out over blocks of time, as the student’s schedule permits.

Can I reduce my insurance premiums by taking defensive driving?

Yes.  Most reputable insurance companies will offer between a 1% and 10% premium deduction for completing a driver safety course.  Check with your insurance agent.  Be sure and make a copy of your certificate before present it to the court, to provide to your insurance company as proof of having competed the course.

How many points is a speeding ticket in Texas?

Texas uses a point based system to encourage safe drivers.  Your drivers license may be suspended if you receive more than four moving violations in a 12 month period of time, or seven moving violations over a 24 month period.

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