If you are interested in taking a Driving Safety Course to have your citation dismissed, you must meet the following requirements, on or before your appearance date on your citation:
Before Your Appearance
On or before your appearance date, you may mail in the required information and fees or you may fax in the required documentation and pay fees online or bring to the Clerks Window the above stated five items, and upon approval, the court will grant you permission to take the course. If applying by mail or fax, please wait until you have received permission from the court before you take the course.
You will have 90 days in which to complete the course and submit the proper certificate to the court and obtain a certified copy of your driving record from Austin. Upon successful completion and return of your documents to the court, your citation will be dismissed. Both documents, the course completion certificate and the certified copy of your driving record, must be returned to the Court on or before the 90th day to have your citation dismissed.
The Court is not allowed to recommend a driving school. We refer you to the yellow pages of the telephone directory, under Driving Instruction and/or Driving Schools and call a number listed. You need only ask if their school is an approved course for the dismissal of a traffic citation. You can take the course anywhere within the State of Texas so long as the six-hour course is approved by TDLR. You also may take the course on-line or by renting the video.
If you fail to complete any one of the requirements by your due date, you will be responsible for the balance of the fine in the amount of $200.00 and your case will be set for a Show Cause Hearing. A letter will be mailed to the address on your citation.
If you fail to appear at the hearing, a Judgment of guilty will be entered without further notice and the violation will appear on your driving record unless you file an appropriate appeal bond with the Clerk's Office no later than ten (10) calendar days from the judgment date.
You have ten (10) calendar days from the hearing date to either pay the balance of the fine of $200.00 or appeal the Judgment before a capias pro fine warrant is processed. You may waive your hearing by writing to the Court waiving your Show Cause Hearing, and pay the remaining balance of the fine.