Defensive Driving FAQs

Enrolling in a defensive driving course can be a great way to dismiss a ticket or lower your insurance rates. Check out the commonly asked questions below to learn more and order yours online today!

Q: What is a TEA approved defensive driving course?

A: Safety-USA’s online Texas defensive driving course has been approved by the Texas Education Agency for ticket dismissal and insurance discount purposes. This course will satisfy your court requirements and will remove points from your driver license that are a result of a traffic ticket.

Q: Am I eligible to take defensive driving?

A:  You can take a Texas defensive driving course if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have not taken a defensive driving course within the past 12 months.
  • Do not have a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • Are not currently taking a defensive driving course for a different violation.

Q: Which violations can be dismissed by taking defensive driving?

A: Most minor citations can be dismissed with a defensive driving course. A Texas defensive driving course may NOT be taken to dismiss any of the following violations:

  • Speeding at or more than 25 MPH over the posted speed limit
  • No car insurance
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (hit and run)
  • Passing a school bus
  • Construction zone violations

Q: Can taking a defensive driving course lower my auto insurance rate?

A: Many insurance providers will give you a discount on your auto insurance premium for taking a defensive driving course. After you complete the Safety-USA online defensive driving course, you can earn up to 10% off your insurance costs! Check with your insurance provider for details on eligibility and any other requirements.

Q: How do I get my traffic ticket dismissed?

A: Follow the steps below to dismiss a traffic ticket:

  • Request permission from the court to take a driving safety course.
  • Register for the Safety-USA online Texas defensive driving course.
  • Get a copy of your driving record to submit to the court – Get your Driver Record
  • Submit your driving record and defensive driving certificate of completion to the court.

Q: Where do I begin?

A: Follow these steps to get your traffic ticket dismissed:

  • Request permission from the court to take a driving safety course.
  • Register for the Safety-USA online Texas defensive driving course.
  • Get a copy of your driving record to submit to the court – Get your Driver Record
  • Submit your driving record and defensive driving certificate of completion to the court.

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