TEXAS Defensive Driving Online

Check Your Eligibility

Red outlined calendarTexas Defensive Driving online course eligibility last updated calendar.Updated: 4/2/2022
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Checking With The Court For Eligibility

If you've been ticketed in Texas, you may be wondering if you're eligible to take a defensive driving course to have the violation dismissed. The good news is that it's very easy to find out. When you pay your fine at the court assigned to your case, ask if you are eligible to attend traffic school. If you are approved, the court will let you know. Make sure to request traffic school when you speak with the court, as this is typically not something that can be added on later. By taking a defensive driving course, you can keep your driving record clean and avoid potential increases in your insurance rates. So, if you're eligible, it's worth taking advantage of this option.

IMPORTANT: Not obtaining permission to attend a defensive driving course beforehand may result in the court rejecting your traffic school completion.

Texas Defensive Driving Course Eligibility Rules

In Texas, a driver is eligible to attend traffic school for ticket dismissal if you have not attended a defensive driving course in the past 12 months for a violation. Keep in mind that eligibility is based on the violation date of the ticket, not court extensions or when you completed the last course.

You are NOT eligible to attend traffic school if:

You have a commercial driver's license.
You received a ticket in a construction zone.
Your speeding ticket exceeds 25 MPH over the posted speed limit.
You do not have car insurance at the time of the ticket.
You left the scene of an accident — hit and run.
You received a passing a school bus violation.

Car Insurance Discount Eligibility

Defensive driving courses are a great way to save money on your car insurance premium. In Texas, most car insurance companies will allow a driver to take a Texas Defensive Driving course once every three years for up to a 10% discount. Check with your insurance provider before attending to ensure you will be eligible for the discount. The course covers topics such as dealing with aggressive drivers and what to do if you are involved in a collision. It also includes information on Texas traffic laws. You can learn how to drive more safely and potentially save money on your car insurance premium by taking a defensive driving course.

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 Refund Policy

Refund policies vary by course and state. Please navigate to the desired course to view its specific refund policy.