Driving Safety Course Information

DMC Driver SafetySubmitting Your Request for the Driving Safety Course

DO NOT sign up for a Driver Safety Course until you have  a written court order, from the judge, allowing you to participate in the Driver Safety Program. Driver Safety Certificates taken prior to your order or after the due date, may not be accepted by the Judge of the Court. 

You cannot have completed a driver safety course for a citation in the past twelve months anywhere in the state of Texas.


There are two ways to request the driving safety course: 

  • In person at the Decatur Municipal Court of Record, at 201 E. Walnut, Decatur, Tx 76234.
  • Via certified mail.

Please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements listed on this page and that when requesting by mail that you have included all required documents and included your payment for Court Costs. Any late or incomplete submissions will not be granted by the Judge of the Court.

Qualifying for the Driving Safety Course

Before you make your request for the driving safety course, please read the list below to determine if the offense on your citation qualifies. 

The following offenses do not qualify for the driving safety course:

  • Speeding 25 miles (or more) over the posted limit.
  • Passing a school bus.
  • Moving violation within a posted construction zone while workers are present.
  • Was operating a commercial motor vehicle and committed a serious traffic violation.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident.
  • You have a commercial driver's license (even if you were operating your personal vehicle).

Submit Your Request In Person

Please follow the steps below to ensure your IN PERSON request is "timely filed" and "perfected":

Step 1 - Submit your request and required documents

  • Complete the driver safety request section of the green sheet you received with your citation.
  • Submit:
    • your request (green sheet);
    •  copy of valid Texas driver's license; 
    • proof of insurance with you listed as a driver on the policy;  
    • Payment of your court cost
      • non-school zone violations - $109.10
      • school zone violations - $134.10
      • payments made in person may be cash, check/money order, debit/credit card

Step 2 - Obtain your driving record

You will be required to obtain your driving record from the Department of Public Safety. You must purchase the 3A Version ($12), as this is the only driving record accepted for the Driver Safety Course. To order your driving record go to texas.gov, or CLICK HEREPlease ensure you are connected to a printer and pay careful attention to the checklist and system requirements.

Step 3 - Sign-up for, and complete driver safety course

Once you have your driving record and you are ready to sign up for a Driver Safety Course, you can search search all Texas State Approved courses by CLICKING HERE

There two companies that have been approved by the State of Texas to electronically file you Driving Safety documentation directly with the City of Decatur Municipal Court of Record:
                                           ExpressLane Defensive Driving, and
                                           Comedy Defensive Driving
This means that these two companies will, immediately upon your completion of the Driver Safety Course, submit your Driving Record and Driver Safety Certificate to us electronically, saving you time. Going through either of these companies can make obtaining your driving safety documents a one step process.

You have 90 days to complete the course and return the required documents to the court. Once your certificate and driving record are returned to the Court by the due date, your citation will be dismissed.

Submit Your Request Via Certified Mail

Please follow the steps below to ensure your REQUEST VIA CERTIFIED MAIL is "timely filed" and "perfected":

Step 1 - Submit your request and required documents

  • Complete the driver safety request section of the green sheet you received with your citation.
  • Submit, VIA CERTIFIED MAIL/GREEN CARD RECEIPT REQUESTED:
    • your request (green sheet);
    •  copy of valid Texas driver's license; 
    • proof of insurance with you listed as a driver on the policy;  
    • payment of your court cost
      • non-school zone violations - $109.10
      • school zone violations - $134.10
      • please send only check or money order in the mail.

Your request must be postmarked ON or BEFORE the appearance date printed on the bottom of your citation.

Step 2 - Your court order

Once the Decatur Municipal Court of Record has received your request for driver safety, via certified mail, and it is approved as "timely filed" and "perfected", you will be sent a court order for driver safety.

Once you receive this court order, you must have it signed and notarized. Once signed and notarized, make a copy for yourself, then return the original to the court via certified mail before the date printed on the order.

Step 3 - Obtain your driving record

You will be required to obtain your driving record from the Department of Public Safety. You must purchase the 3A Version ($12), as this is the only driving record accepted for the Driver Safety Course. To order your driving record go to texas.gov, or CLICK HEREPlease ensure you are connected to a printer and pay careful attention to the checklist and system requirements.

Step 4 - Sign-up for, and complete driver safety course

Once you have your driving record and you are ready to sign up for a Driver Safety Course, you can search search all Texas State Approved courses by CLICKING HERE

There two companies that have been approved by the State of Texas to electronically file you Driving Safety documentation directly with the City of Decatur Municipal Court of Record:
                                           ExpressLane Defensive Driving, and
                                           Comedy Defensive Driving
This means that these two companies will, for an additional fee, immediately upon your completion of the Driver Safety Course, submit your Driving Record and Driver Safety Certificate to us electronically, saving you time. Going through either of these companies can make obtaining your driving safety documents a one step process.

If you decide you do not want to pay for the option to have one of the companies submit your documents electronically, you MUST submit your Driving Record and Driver Safety Certificate via CERTIFIED MAIL.

You have 90 days to complete the course and return the required documents to the court. Once your certificate and driving record are returned to the Court by the due date, your citation will be dismissed.

Driving Safety is a legal right once every 12 months, but only if you follow the specific rules set forth in the C.C.P Art. 45.0511 of the Texas statutory law.