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If you live in Texas, a state approved defensive driving course is available from Ticket School. From ticket dismissal to insurance discounts, such a course has a few benefits. Yet many people ask, “How often can you take a defensive driving course?”

Texas state law permits drivers to take defensive driving to dismiss one traffic ticket every 12 months.1 If you haven’t taken a course for defensive driving within that time, you can take another, for example, to have a ticket dismissed. The convenience is you can take a defensive driving course online. You don’t need to travel to a specific location.

However, there are a number of restrictions. Aside from time limitations, you cannot take a defensive driving course in Texas if you’re taking one for another violation. You’re also not eligible to take a course if you have a commercial driver’s license.

There are also several violations that you cannot dismiss. These include:

  • Driving at or over 25 miles per hour above the posted speed limit
  • Not having car insurance at the time of a violation or vehicle crash
  • An infraction for passing a school bus
  • Leaving the scene of a crash, or a hit and run
  • Violations that occurred in a construction zone

A defensive driving course completion will be posted on your record only if you meet the qualifications. This is why the court requires a certified copy of your driving record. Once they can verify your course completion and that you met all the requirements, the court will report it to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Turning in your completion certificate to the court is, therefore, an extremely important step.

In addition, insurance discount benefits are available in Texas, depending on the auto insurance provider. Some insurers offer as much as a 10% discount for 3 years.2 Although participation varies by company, the Ticket School course is approved by the Texas Board of Insurance and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Your intent for taking the course should be noted during registration; the same course used for a discount won’t be accepted by a court for a ticket.  However, if you take the course for a ticket, you will get a insurance copy in case your provider does offer discounts.

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Why Take a Defensive Driving Course from Ticket School?

There’s also a way to receive your certificate faster. Ticket School offers email certificate delivery, which avoids having to wait for it in the mail or pay for express delivery. Email delivery is free. It is extremely useful if you have little time to complete the course and prove your certification.

The Ticketschoool Texas-approved defensive driving course is 100% online. You can access the content 24/7 from any internet-connected device. The online course is $25, the lowest allowed by law. It is completed through simple questions. Instead of a final exam, short quizzes are presented at the end of each unit. For more information or to sign up for a Texas driver safety course online, call 800-558-9887 or contact us on the web.


  1. https://tx-dps.com/products/defensive-driving/defensive-driving-eligibility-requirements/
  2. http://ticketschool.wpengine.com/faqs/texas-defensive-driving-faqs/