Houston & Harris County Defensive Driving

 

Houston drivers are encouraged to complete a TX Approved Traffic Safety Course at least every three years. Our official TX Defensive Driving Website provides Harris County drivers with everything they need to become a better driver, dismiss a traffic ticket and earn up to a 10% insurance discount. Regardless of age, our Harris defensive driving courses can be completed by most licensed drivers who meet very basic qualifications. We are committed to making drivers in the County of Harris better drivers, including Baytown, Bellaire, Bunker Hill, Deer Park, El Lago, Galena Park, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Houston – Lubbock, Westside, Clear Lake, Kingwood, North Command Station, Southeast, Humble, Hunters Creek, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, La Porte, Morgan’s Point, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Piney Point, Seabrook, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside, Spring Valley Village, Taylor Lake, Tomball, Webster and West University Place.

Have questions about Harris County DPS office locations, need directions to the Harris County Traffic Court, or require more information about Harris County Gov. recourses? We have done our best to deliver to you helpful resources and information to get your questions answered by bringing you links to your Official Harris County Website and your local Harris County TX DPS Website.

If you are pulled over in Harris Texas for a traffic violation, a Harris Texas law enforcement officer will likely issue you a citation. On your citation you will find contact information for the Harris Texas court overseeing your traffic violation. Whether you would like to protest the violation in court or simply pay your fine, you must contact the Harris Texas court and disclose your decision within ten day of being issued your citation, or risk heavier fines and other penalties. Should you choose to simply pay the fine, the Harris Texas court will be able to tell you over the phone what payment methods you can use, as each Texas county differs with regard to credit cards, cash and other forms of accepted payment. In some case, if your violation is severe or you are under the age of 18, the Harris Texas court may inform you that your appearance in court is required. In that event, your court date will likely be on the citation. If not, ask the court when you phone in.
 

 
Thankfully, the Texas Education Agency allows Harris County drivers to attend a driver safety program, including online defensive driving programs such as those offered by 1SafeDriver.com, in order to have as much as one ticker per year removed from their Texas Department of Public Safety driving record. In order to receive this beneficial treatment, you must obtain permission from the Harris Texas court overseeing your violation. The Harris Texas court’s approval will depend on factors such as the amount of tickets already on your driving record and the number of times you have already attended driver safety school or participated in a defensive driving program. If it appears you have not learned enough from traffic school to be a safe driver after several times, a Harris Texas court may deprive you of another opportunity. Further, if your offense is of an extreme nature, such as leaving the scene of an accident, a court will likely not grant you this privilege.

If you are given such an opportunity, however, a Harris Texas online defensive driving program will remove the underlying offense from your Texas driving record, not only preventing you from accumulating points that could result in your license being suspended, but also preventing possible redundant conviction surcharges and the costs of getting your driving privileges reinstated.

If you are found guilty or plead guilty to a traffic violation, including if you simply pay the fine, you are likely to receive points against your Texas driving record based on the Texas Responsibility Program. While some violation, such as speeding by less than ten percent of the posted speed limit, are exempt from point accumulation, nearly all other violations follow a simple formula. If you have incurred a traffic citation for a violation, the Texas Department of Public Safety will assess two points against your driving record. If your violation has resulted in an accident, three points are attached to your Texas driver record. These points will also be attached if you obtain a citation in another state that would have resulted in points being placed on your record had it been received in Texas.

In addition, if your violation is for driving under the influence, failing to obtain proper insurance driving without a proper license, you are likely to be subject to annual fines, called, “Conviction Based Surcharges,” for each of the three years the offense remains on your driving record. Thus, if you are pulled over and are found to be driving without insurance, you will be fined three times for the single offense, in addition to points being assessed against your Texas driving record.
 

 
Suspension of Texas Driving Privileges

Once you have amassed six points on your record within a three year timeframe, the Texas Department of Public Safety will suspend your Texas driving privileges. Even if you have managed to avoid the point accumulation but have obtained four traffic violations in a year, or seven in two years, your Texas driving privileges will also be suspended. if you are a juvenile driver under the age of 18, just two traffic violations in one year will result in a temporary suspension of your Texas driving privileges. Again, these violations will include any citations you received outside the state. In addition to the costs of living without your driving privileges, the court fees and possible Conviction Based Surcharged that go along with certain traffic citations on your Texas driver record, you are likely to incur significant fines associated with getting your license reinstated. It is in your best interest and the best interests of your pocketbook that you avoid accumulating traffic violations on your Texas driver record.

Harris County Court Locations

Baytown Municipal Court
3120 N. Main St.
Baytown, TX 77521
Bellaire Municipal Court
5110 Jessamine St.
Bellaire, TX 77401
Bunker Hill Municipal Court
11977 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77024
Deer Park Municipal Court
1302 Center St.
Deer Park, TX 77536
El Lago Municipal Court
98 Lakeshore Dr.
El Lago, TX 77586
Galena Park Municipal Court
P.O. Box 46
Galena Park, TX 77547
Hedwig Village Municipal Court
955 Piney Point Rd.
Houston, TX 77024
Hilshire Village Municipal Court
1025 Campbell Rd.
Houston, TX 77055
Houston Municipal Court
1400 Lubbock St.
Houston, TX 77002
Houston Municipal Court
Westside

3203 S. Dairy Ashford Rd.
Houston, TX 77082
Houston Municipal Court
Clear Lake

2855 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058
Houston Municipal Court
Kingwood

3915 Rustice Woods Dr.
Kingwood, TX 77339
Houston Municipal Court – North Command Station Acres Homes
9455 W. Montgomery Rd.
Houston, TX 77088
Houston Municipal Court
Southeast

8300 Mykawa Rd.
Houston, TX 77048
Humble Municipal Court
315 Bender Ave.
Humble, TX 77338
Hunters Creek Village
Municipal Court

1 Hunters Creek Pl.
Houston, TX 77024
Jacinto City Municipal Court
10301 Market Street Rd.
Jacinto City, TX 77029
Jersey Village Municipal Court
16501 Jersey Dr.
Jersey Village, TX 77040
Katy Municipal Court
P.O. Box 617
Katy, TX 77492
La Porte Municipal Court
3005 N. 23 St.
La Porte, TX 77571
Morgan’s Point Municipal Court
1415 E. Main St.
Morgan’s Point, TX 77571
Nassau Bay Municipal Court
1800 Nasa Parkway
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
Pasadena Municipal Court
1001 Shaw Ave. #A
P.O. Box 1575
Pasadena, TX 77501
Piney Point Village Municipal Court
7676 Woodway Dr. #300
Piney Point Village, TX 77063
Seabrook Municipal Court
1700 1st. St.
Seabrook, TX 77586
Shoreacres Municipal Court
601 Shoreacres Blvd.
Shoreacres, TX 77571
South Houston Municipal Court
1019 Dallas St.
South Houston, TX 77587
Southside Place Municipal Court
6309 Edloe Ave.
Houston, TX 77005
Spring Valley Village
Municipal Court

1025 Campbell Rd.
Houston, TX 77055
Taylor Lake Village
Municipal Court

500 Kirby Blvd.
Taylor Lake Village, TX 77586
Tomball Municipal Court
401 Market St.
Tomball, TX 77375
Webster Municipal Court
101 Pennsylvania Ave.
Webster, TX 77598
West University Place
Municipal Court

3800 University Blvd.
West University Place, TX 77005
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 1 Place 1

Hon. Dale Gorczynski
7300 N. Sheperd Dr. Rm 138
Houston, TX 77091
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 1 Place 2

Hon. David Patronella
1302 Preston St.
Houston, TX 77002
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 2 Place 1

Hon. Jo Ann Delgado
10851 Scarsdale Blvd.
Houston, TX 77089
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 2 Place 2

Hon. George Risner
107 E. Shaw Ave.
Pasadena, TX 77506
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 3 Place 1

Hon. Mike Parrott
14350 Wallisville Rd. #102
Houston, TX 77049
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 3 Place 2

Hon. Don Coffey
701 W. Baker Rd.
Baytown, TX 77521
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 4 Place 1

Hon. J. Kent Adams
6831 Cypresswood Dr. #4
Spring, TX 77379
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 4 Place 2

Hon. Tom Lawrence
7900 Will Clayton Pkwy.
Humble, TX 77338
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 5 Place 1

Hon. Russ Ridgeway
6000 Chimney Rock #102
Houston, TX 77081
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 5 Place 2

Hon. Jeff Williams
16715 Clay Rd. #4
Houston, TX 77084
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 6 Place 1

Hon. Richard Vara
333 Lockwood St.
Houston, TX 77011
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 6 Place 2

Hon. Armando V. Rodriguez
1001 Macario Garcia Dr.
Houston, TX 77011
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 7 Place 1

Hon. Hilary H. Green
5737 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77021
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 7 Place 2

Hon. Zinetta Burney
5300 Griggs Rd.
Houston, TX 77021
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 8 Place 1

Hon. Holly Williamson
7330 Spencer Hwy.
Pasadena, TX 77505
Justice of the Peace
Precinct 8 Place 2

Hon. Louie Ditta
16603 Buccaneer Ln.
Houston, TX 77062

 
Harris County Justice of the Peace Online Services

Apply for Driver Safety Course

Defendants with eligible offenses may use this service to apply for
the Driving Safety Course or Motorcycle Operator Training Course dismissal and to pay the required court costs.
If you intend to apply for a Driving Safety Course or Motorcycle Operator Course, do NOT pay the traffic ticket. You will be asked to pay court costs as part of the application process. Do not take the course before you receive approval from the Court.

 

 

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