Texas Defensive Driving FAQ
Is this defensive driving course approved by the state of Texas?
Yes. This course is approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and accepted by all Texas courts to dismiss your traffic ticket and avoid insurance premium increases.
How do I know if I am eligible to take defensive driving?
This course is eligible for ticket dismissal benefits pursuant to specific court requirements. The general requirements for ticket dismissal in the state of Texas are as follows:
- Possess a valid non-commercial Texas driver license or permit (CDL holders are excluded from participating in ticket dismissal benefits)
- Have not dismissed a traffic ticket within the past 12 months
- You must admit guilt or sign a statement that you do not contest the citation
- Speeding citations must indicate that the violation was not more than 25 miles-per-hour over the posted limit
Is there a difference between defensive driving and traffic school?
No. Depending on the state, many terms are used to describe driver safety courses. In the state of Texas, it is well known as defensive driving, but is also called traffic school, driving school and driving safety school.
How long does the course take?
This defensive driving course is a total of 6 hours, which is the minimum time allowed by the Texas Education Agency.
Do I have to take the online defensive driving in one sitting?
No, the course is available to you 24/7 so that you may log in and out whenever you like. The system will save your progress each time you log off so that when you come, it will return you to the same point.
How long do I have to complete the course?
This online format allows you to create the schedule you want with the only restriction being that you must successfully complete the course within 3 months from the time you registered.
When will I get my certificate?
Once you have successfully completed the course, we will present you with your certificate options so you can choose the delivery methods that best fit your situation. You can have your certificate sent via U.S. first class mail, expedited overnight or second day.
Can I get an insurance discount with this defensive driving course?
Yes. Some insurance companies will provide a discount (usually between 1-10%) for three years on the liability portion of your auto insurance premiums if you provide proof of course completion. The amount (if any) of the discount, however, is strictly at the discretion of the insurance company.
Do I need a copy of my driving record?
If you are taking this course to have your traffic ticket dismissed, your court should have notified you if you need a copy of your certified driving record. We provide you with the option of ordering a copy during registration or at the end of the course. If you are still unsure, contact the court directly.