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Municipal Court

The Municipal Court provides the City with enforcement of Class C misdemeanor criminal offenses and ordinance violations occurring within the city limits. The Municipal Court is also responsible for maintaining accurate records of all cases, including arrest records, bond records, formal complaints, citation dispositions, state reporting, court costs, docket records, trial proceedings, refunds and forfeitures, and transfer of funds for arrests of higher charges. The Municipal Court is responsible for staying current with the changes in procedures and court costs that are submitted to the state during the Legislative Session

The Driver Responsibility Program (DRP)

QUESTIONS ABOUT SURCHARGES:

Q: What is the status of the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP)?
A: The Driver Responsibility Program has been repealed. Effective September 1, 2019, all DRP surcharge suspensions will end.

Q: How does this affect me?
A: After September 1, 2019 all surcharge assessments will be waived and no future surcharges will be assessed after. You will still be responsible for any other suspensions, fines or fees on your driving record.

Q: Does this mean I no longer need to make a surcharge payment?
A: The DRP program is repealed on September 1, 2019. You are still required to pay your surcharge installment payments until that date.

Q: Does this mean I do not have to pay my reinstatement fee or ticket?
A: This repeal only applies to surcharges and you are still responsible for all other obligations including non-surcharge related suspensions, fines or fees.

Q: What is the status of my driving privilege?
A: To check the status of your driving privilege or pay reinstatement fees click texas.gov/driver. You will need your DL/ID number, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number. Please be aware driver records update on a daily basis. The information on this site reflects the status of your driver record as of today. Any additional convictions reported by a court after today could cause additional enforcement actions or fees on your record. We recommend you verify your status on September 1, 2019.

Q: How do I get my license back?
A: If your Texas license has been expired less than two years, you may be eligible to replace it online, click texas.gov. If your Texas license has been expired more than two years or you have never had a license, click https://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-15.pdf for a list of required documents. If your driving privileges are currently suspended for surcharges you will not be able to complete this replacement until September 1, 2019. If you have to visit a driver license office, you may be able to get in line online prior to visiting the office. To find the driver license office nearest you, click https://www.dps.texas.gov/administration/driver_licensing_control/rolodex/search.asp.

Q: Will I receive a refund for payments I made prior to September 1, 2019?
A: No, payments made on your surcharge accounts prior to September 1, 2019 will not be refunded. Those payments were collected under the laws in place at that time. This includes Advance Payment on surcharge accounts.

Q: Will previous surcharge related suspensions be deleted from my driving history now that DRP is repealed?
A: No. As of September 1, 2019 the DRP is repealed which means that the program has ended. Any suspensions that resulted from surcharges while DRP was in effect will remain on your driving history.

Q: I received a notice to pay a surcharge. Is this still valid?
A: You are required to make payments until September 1, 2019 to avoid having your driving privileges suspended.

Q: What happens if I defaulted on my installment plan?
A: You will still owe the surcharge and will remain suspended until September 1, 2019 unless you comply with your installment agreement.

Q: I submitted an application for the Driver Responsibility Indigency/Incentive Reduction Programs. Do I need to withdraw my application or contact MSB to cancel my request?
A: No action is required on your part.

Q: I received a DRP points advisory/suspension notice, does the repeal affect my points?
A: The Department of Public Safety will no longer assess DRP points for moving violations. Any previously assessed points have been removed from your record.

Q: What if I need additional information on other suspensions, fines or fees?
A: For more detailed information please visit the Department of Public Safety’s Frequently Asked Questions page by clicking http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/faqs/index.htm.

Q: How do I contact the Department if I have additional questions?
A: Contact the Driver License Customer Service Center at DRPRepeal@dps.texas.gov. You must include your full name, date of birth, driver license or ID card number, and your phone number.

Q: Will this affect any failure to appear holds on my license?
A: No. Failure to appear is not related to surcharges. Under the Failure to Appear / Failure to Pay Program, the Department may deny the renewal of a driver license if you have failed to appear for a citation or failed to satisfy a judgment ordering the payment of a fine. Your driver license may be denied renewal until the reported citations or violations are cleared and reported by the court(s) to the Department. You are encouraged to visit the FTA website by clicking here and check to make sure you don’t have any reported outstanding cases that could prevent your license from being renewed.

Q: I have heard about the Real ID Act. Will that effect getting my license back?
A: If your Driver license has expired more than two years or you have never had a Texas license, you may need to provide documents required under federal and state law to prove your citizenship / lawful presence, identity, proof of social security number and residency. Please review the brochure at this link for a list of required documents.

Q: Will this affect any failure to appear holds on my license?
A: No. Failure to appear is not related to surcharges. Under the Failure to Appear / Failure to Pay Program, the Department may deny the renewal of a driver license if you have failed to appear for a citation or failed to satisfy a judgment ordering the payment of a fine. Your driver license may be denied renewal until the reported citations or violations are cleared and reported by the court(s) to the Department. You are encouraged to visit the FTA website by clicking here and check to make sure you don’t have any outstanding cases that could prevent your license from being renewed.

Q: I have heard about the Real ID Act. Will that effect getting my license back?
A: If your Driver license has expired more than two years or you have never had a Texas license, you may need to provide documents required under federal and state law to prove your citizenship / lawful presence, identity, proof of social security number and residency. Please review the brochure at this link for a list of required documents.

This program was developed to encourage safe driving habits. It requires DPS to assess surcharges to individuals based on certain traffic offenses. These surcharges are assessed in two ways, a point system, and conviction based.

  • Points are assessed for Texas or out-of-state moving violation convictions: two (2) points for a conviction, and three (3) points for a conviction that resulted in a crash. Individuals are assessed a point surcharge annually if they have six (6) or more points on their driver record. For each consecutive 12 month period that an individual does not receive any points for a moving violation, one (1) point will be deducted from the individual’s total points.
  • A Conviction based surcharge is a result of being convicted of any of the following; Driving While Intoxicated, No Driver License, Driving While License Invalid, and No Insurance. Points are not assessed for these offenses. A conviction based surcharge will be assessed annually for three (3) years from the date of conviction. An individual also has the option to pay all three (3) years at once.

DPS offers programs that may reduce or waive surcharges. For more information about DRP, along with details on available surcharge discounts and other surcharge assistance programs, please visit, http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/drp.htm.

Informational Links

Location 825-B Thousand Oaks Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054  
Phone: 817.788.7045
Hours: 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday
Credit Cards Accepted Online
Visa, Master Card
Mastercard and Visa

Municipal Court Online Payments

For your convenience adult defendants may now request Deferred Disposition, Defensive Driving, payment plans, and dismissals of certain compliance violations online through our online payments module.

You must be able to receive an email with a PDF attachment, have the ability to upload documents back as PDF or JPG file attachments, and enter a valid email address so that you can receive copies of orders or emails regarding denial of your online requests.

Credit Cards Accepted in the Office:  AmEx, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover accepted
Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover

Photo ID is required on all transactions.
 

Municipal Court online payments

If you are experiencing difficulties paying online, it is your responsibility to contact the Municipal Court to ensure your citation is taken care of in a timely manner.

Note: If you receive a "No violations are found" reply, please check that you are using capital letters and that zero or "o" is used correctly or please try back at a later time. Someone else is making a payment and the system will incorrectly show "No Violations Found."

Court / Judge Sessions Schedules

Upcoming dockets are available for viewing

Plea Hearing:    9 am - 1st Monday of each month
            [If there is a holiday it will roll to the next Monday]
Pre-Trial:  1 pm - 1st Monday of each month
Bench Trial:  1 pm - Thursday following the first Monday plea dockets
Jail Dockets:
 1 pm - Thursday following the first Monday
Show Cause Hearings  9 am - 2nd Monday
Juvenile Docket:
 1 pm - 2nd Monday each month

Attorney Plea Dockets:

9 am
1 pm
2 pm

 3rd Monday of the month as scheduled
Jury Trial as needed but usually the 3 or 4th Thursday of odd numbered months at 8 am

Notice to Jurors: Please bring your juror information sheet filled out and expect to serve only 1 day. Most jury trials last about 4 hours, but 8 hours is the maximum required service. Juror Information Form [PDF]

 

Role of Municipal Court Personnel

Although they are willing to be of assistance and are trained to explain your options and rights in municipal court, court clerks are NOT attorneys. Therefore, it is not legal for them to give legal advice.

Lisa Howard, Court AdministratorLisa Howard
Court Administrator
817.788.7045
lhoward@hursttx.gov

 

Municipal Court
825-B Thousand Oaks Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054
817.788.7045

 

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