Driver Safety Course
What is a Driving Safety Course:
The driver safety course is a 6 to 8 hour class that is a refresher of safety techniques every driver should use. It is offered by private companies, not the Municipal Court. The Municipal Court is not allowed to give out information concerning the location or company names that provide driver safety courses.
Who is Eligible:
Those individuals who have pled guilty or no contest to certain violations and have a valid Texas driver license, liability insurance with their name on the policy, and have not taken a driver safety course within the last 12 months are eligible. If you held a Commercial Driver's License at the time the offense was committed, you are not eligible to take the Driving Safety Course.
What Offenses are Ineligible:
- Speeding 25 m.p.h. over the limit or more
- Speeding in excess of 95 m.p.m.
- Failure to give information at an accident scene
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
- Reckless driving
- Passing a school bus
- Offenses committed in a construction work maintenance zone when workers are present
- traffic offenses committed by a person with a commercial driver's license
Requests for Driving Safety Course:Requests must be made in person, on the Court's on-line payment site, or in writing and sent by certified mail to the Municipal Court. The reuqest must be received by the court by your appearance date. The request must include proof of a valid Texas driver license, proof of liability insurance, and the required fees. Payment of the administrative fee and court costs must be paid at the time of the request by State law.
Items Needed to Request Driving Safety Course:
- Plea Form
- Driving Safety Request Form
- Copy of valid Texas Driver's License
- Copy of valid insurance (minimum of liability insurance that covers you as the driver)
A nonrefundable $10.00 administrative fee and court costs of $99.10, or $124.10 if the offense was committed in a school zone, must be paid to the Court at the time you sign up for the driver safety course.
A $10.00 fee for a manual check or a $12.00 fee for a computerized check, to obtain a certified copy of your driving record from the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
State law requires the driver safety course provider to collect a fee of at least $25 for the course when taken for the dismissal of a traffic ticket. Prices for the driver safety course will vary depending on where you choose to take the class.
Driving Safety Course Granted:
If eligible, you will be granted 90 days to complete the approved driving safety course and return the certificate of completion issued to the City of Longview and a certified copy of your driving record to the Court. A certificate of completion issued to your insurance company is not an acceptable certificate of completion for the Court.
Once the certificate of completion and driving record have been turned in to the court, the citation will be dismissed. If the proper documentation is not returned to the court by the required date, you must appear before the Judge to show cause why you have failed to comply with an Order of the Court. There is no grace period. You have 90 days, do not wait until the last week to take the course. You will not receive your documentation in time.
If you fail to appear at the Show Cause Hearing, a judgment of guilty will be rendered, a conviction will be entered and reported to State, and the remaining balance owed will be due. Failure to appear before the Judge will result in a capias pro fine warrant for your arrest and additional fees.