Driving Safety Course (DSC)

The Code of Criminal Procedure, Art 45.051(q) states -- You may be able to require that this charge be dismissed by successfully completing a driving safety course or a motorcycle operator training course. You will lose that right if before your appearance date you do not provide the Court with notice of your request to take the course.

  • If you are charged with a traffic offense, you may be eligible to request the Driving Safety Course option on or before your initial appearance date.  
  • If you were operating a motorcycle and are approved to take a Driving Safety course, you will be required to take a Motorcycle Operator Training Course.
  • If you were charged with Seat Belt Violation - No Child Safety Seat 8 years and younger and are approved to take a Driving Safety Course, you will be required to take a Specialized Driving Safety "Seat Belt" Course.



  • You must have and present a valid, non-commercial Texas driver's license or permit; or be a member, or the spouse or dependent child of a member, of the United States military forces serving on active duty. Commercial Driver's license holders are NOT eligible to take a driver's safety course.
  • You must enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest).
  • You must have been charged with an eligible offense as defined by Texas Transportation Code 45.0511.
  • You must not have completed a Driving Safety Course or Motorcycle Operator Training Course within the 12 months preceding the date of the offense.  
  • You must provide evidence of financial responsibility (current vehicle liability insurance) at the time of the request.  
  • You must pay the court costs and administrative fee of $144.00.

Requirements for Dismissal:

  • You must submit a court copy of a Driving Safety Course completion certificate from a course provider certified by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.  The certificate must be signed, must have East Bernard Municipal Court listed at the court, and must be submitted to the court on or before the 90th day indicated on your Driving Safety Course order.  
  • You must submit a certified (Type 3A) copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Your driving record must be submitted to the court on or before the 90th day indicated on your Driving Safety Course order. 

Ineligible offenses:

  • Speeding 25 mph over the limit or more.
  • Speeding 95 mph or more.
  • Failure to Give Information at Accident Scene.
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
  • Passing a School Bus Loading or Unloading.
  • Any offense committed in a construction zone with workers present.

Requesting a Driver's Safety Course (DSC)

Items to send to the Court for a DSC request:
  • Photocopy of your current auto liability policy
  • Photocopy of your valid Texas Drivers License
  • Copy of your citation
  • Money Order or Cashier's Check for $144.00: Made payable to East Bernard Municipal Court
  • Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope
  • Plea (form is available on the courtesy letter)

East Bernard Municipal Court
704 Church Street
East Bernard, Texas 77435

How do I know I have been approved to take a Driver's Safety Course?
The Court will notify you by mail and will outline the requirements/deadlines listed below. Your 90 day deadline starts when the request is processed. Do NOT take a course prior to requesting and approval of your driver's safety course.