Defensive Driving

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If you are charged with a traffic offense under the Subtitle C, Transportation Code, you may request, before your appearance date, either online, in writing, or in person to take a driving safety course.

At the time of the request, you must do the following:

  1. Present a valid Texas driver's license, which is not a Commercial Driver's License;
  2. Plead guilty or nolo contendere; and
  3. Pay court costs and an administration fee that total $114.00.
  4. If you are choosing to do Defensive Driving when your violation occurred in a school zone the law requires a $25.00 Child Safety Fee that the state receives for those violations occurring in a school zone. (Thus the court costs, administration fee and Child Safety Fee would total $139.00.)
  5. Photo copy your Driver's License and Insurance card to send in along with the form (print form below) and payment. Or access online and upload required documents.
  6. You must present a certified copy of your driving record on or before the date your certificate is required.

Prosecution of the traffic offense will be postponed for 90 days to allow you time to complete the course. You are required to attend a driving safety course that has been approved by the Texas Education Agency or a motorcycle operator's course, if your offense occurred on a motorcycle, approved by the Department of Public Safety.

You are eligible to request this course if you:

  1. Have not requested and taken a driving safety course for a traffic offense within the last 12 months;
  2. Are not currently taking the course for another traffic violation;
  3. Have not committed the offense of speeding 25 mph over the speed limit; and
  4. Have not committed one of the following offenses:
    • Failure to give information at accident scene;
    • Leaving scene of accident;
    • Fleeing or attempting to elude police officer;
    • Reckless driving;
    • Passing a school bus; or
    • A serious traffic violation as defined under Chapter 522, Transportation Code, which applies to drivers with commercial driver's licenses.
    • Not in Construction Zone.

On or before the end of that 90-day period, you must provide to the court a completion certificate issued by the Texas Education Agency or the Texas Department of Public Safety Defensive Driving Completion Certificate, Court Copy, signed by you and a certified copy of your driving record. Failure to return the certificate by the due date will require an additional court hearing. Your case will be set for a "Show Cause Hearing," where you will be required to present your certificate, pay the balance and forfeit the right to complete DSC, or you may be given an extension of time to pay the balance. Failure to be present at that hearing may result in a Warrant for your arrest.

You can access the Online payments to request Defensive Driving Electronically, or you may access Court Documents and print the Driving Safety Request form, complete and mail all required documents to the Court with your payment.

Download an Online Driving Safety Course Request Form which you may print, (see #5 above), complete and mail to the Court with your payment or access the online request.

 

City of Hurst
Municipal Court
825-B Thousand Oaks Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054
(817) 788-7045

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