Defensive Driving Information
If you are charged with a traffic offense, you may be eligible to take a driving safety course (DSC) to dismiss the charge. Information regarding the driving safety course or motorcycle operator training course and a form to request the course may also be found on the back of your copy of the citation.
To be eligible for this option, you must meet the following conditions:
- Have a valid Texas Drivers License, or if part of an active military family with valid drivers license from another state
- Have not requested and or have taken a driving safety course or motorcycle operator course for a traffic offense within the last 12 months of the infraction date for any other court
- Are not currently taking the course for another traffic violation, in any other court
- Are not a commercial drivers license (CDL) holder
- And, have not been issued a citation for one of the following charges:
- Failure to Give Information at Accident Scene
- Leaving Scene of Accident
- Passing a School Bus
- An offense in a construction maintenance zone when workers are present
- Speeding 25 miles per hour or more over limit
The request to apply for defensive driving may be made in person at the court window. You may also request a driving safety course by submitting copies of your driver’s license, insurance, and a completed DSC Affidavit (PDF) to the City of San Marcos Municipal Court. At the time of the request, you must do the following:
- Present a valid driver’s license (CDL holders are not eligible)
- Present proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance). It must be either in your name or you must be listed as an authorized driver on the policy.
- Pay the court cost portion of your violation:
- $165 for school zone violations ($134 if the charge was filed prior to September 1st, 2019)
- $145 for all other moving violations ($114 if the charge was filed prior to September 1st, 2019)
- All driving safety courses must be Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) approved. Search for a licensed driving safety course at TDLR’s website.
- All motorcycle operator’s courses must be approved by the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Failure to Complete
If you do not take the course in the time required and/or fail to present the court with a certificate of completion, the court will notify you to return to court and show cause as to why you failed to show proof of completion. If you have a good reason why you were unable to present your proof within the time required, the judge may, but is not required to, grant you an extension. Your failure to be present at that hearing will result in a warrant for your arrest being issued. An additional charge may also be filed.