Completing Course/Submitting Paperwork

Time Frame
It is imperative that you obtain approval from the Court prior to getting your driving record or taking the course. If the date on your course work is prior to the date the required court fee was paid, the documents will not be accepted. Once you have obtained approval and paid the required fees, you will have 90 days to complete the driving safety course. 
  • Courses must be approved by the Texas Education Agency. 
    • Attend a class (in person). 
    • Take a course online (must be State of Texas certified).
  • Motorcycle operator’s course must be approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Upon completion, provide the court with the 'Court Copy' of your defensive driving certificate and a certified copy of your driving record from the Department of Public Safety. Your certified driving record will need to show that you have not taken a driving safety course within the past 12 months from the date the ticket was issued. To obtain your certified driving record:
  • Go to the Department of Public Safety website. 
  • Select the 'Certified List of All Accidents and Violations in Record (Type 3A).'
  • Pay the required fee of $12.00. 
  • Once your payment has been processed, you will be able to print your driving record. 
If you are unable to complete the requirements in 90 days, the Court will set a Show Cause Hearing for you to speak with the Judge. Notification of the Show Cause Hearing date will be sent to the last known address that the Court has on file. At the Show Cause Hearing, you will be given the opportunity to explain to the Judge why you were unable to show proof of completion by the required date. It is at the Judge's discretion whether to grant an extension or not. Failure to be present at the Show Cause Hearing will result in a warrant for your arrest being issued, as well as the possibility of additional charges being filed against you.