Dismissing your Texas Traffic Ticket


To Dismiss Your Texas Traffic Ticket…


1. Contact your court and request permission to take defensive driving.

You may do this by phone, in writing (on the back of your citation), or in person. You have until the appearance date on your citation to request permission. At that time, you must plead guilty or no contest to your violation.

You must also meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You hold a valid non-commercial driver’s license.
  • Your citation is less than 25 MPH over the speed limit.
  • You have NOT completed a defensive driving course within the past 12 months.
  • You did NOT commit your infraction within a construction zone.

Make sure to ask if your court has specific forms or affidavits that it will require you to mail/bring in. You can often find copies of these specific forms to print on your court or county’s website.

2. Mail or bring to the court all required documents and forms:

  • Proof of valid Texas driver’s license
  • A copy of your insurance policy
  • Your signed citation admitting guilt
  • Any other documents specified by your county/court (court-specific affidavits, application forms, etc.)
  • A court administrative fee (which varies by court)
3. Enroll in and complete your TEA-Approved Defensive Driving Course.

4. After you finish your course, send/bring in the following documents to your court:

  • Your I DRIVE SAFELY Certificate of Completion
  • An official copy of your Texas driving record

Once you have submitted your Completion Certificate, the court will notify you when your dismissal has been processed. Check your driving record to be sure that your Texas defensive driving course shows up!


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