Defensive Driving (DSC)

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    The Code of Criminal Procedure, Art 45.0511 (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, on or before your appearance date, you do not provide the court with notice of your request to take the course."

    DSC Eligibility:

    You are not eligible to take DSC if:

    • You hold a Commercial Drivers License (CDL);
    • You have taken a Court-ordered DSC for another ticket within one year from the date of this citation;
    • You are charged with:
      • 95 miles per hour or more;
      • Speeding 25 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit;
      • Passing a school bus;
      • Committing a serious traffic violation;
      • Failing to stop and provide information or render aid after an accident;
      • Committing an offense in a construction zone when workers are present;
    • You do not have a valid Texas Drivers License**

    ** (MILITARY EXEMPTION: Active military, their spouses and dependents).

    Mandatory DSC

    You must check the eligibility criteria above to see if you are qualified for Mandatory DSC. You must apply for Mandatory DSC on or before your appearance date at the City of Victoria Municipal Court, or by mail. 

    Mandatory DSC FEES*

    • Moving Violation: $109.00
    • School Zone Moving Violation:  $134.00

    *Additional fee may apply.  Please contact the City of Victoria Municipal Court for more information. 

    Request by mail:

    If mailed, request must be sent certified mail. (Art. 45.0511(b)(3), C.C.P.) 

    If you have read all of the above information and meet the eligibility criteria please follow the instructions below to apply for the DSC by mail.  Please note: Juveniles are not able to set up DSC by mail.  Juveniles must appear in open court with a parent or guardian.

    Items to mail DSC request:

    • Photocopy of your current auto liability card
    • Photocopy of your valid Texas Drivers License
    • DSC Fee indicated above
    • Completed and signed DSC form DSC Application

    ALL MAIL SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO:

    City of Victoria Municipal Court
    P.O. Box 1758 Victoria, Texas 77902

    Request in person:

    If you have read all of the above information and meet the eligibility criteria please follow the instructions below to apply for the DSC in person:

     Items to bring to Court for a DSC request:

    • Photocopy of your current auto liability card
    • Photocopy of your valid Texas Drivers License
    • DSC Fee indicated above

    Appear in person with the above documents at the City of Victoria Municipal Court located at 107 W. Juan Linn, Victoria, Texas 77901.  

    How do I obtain the DSC forms?

    The eligibility and requirement instructions along with an Application and Request form are listed below and can be downloaded in .pdf format.

    Remember, the DSC course you elect to take must be approved by the Texas Education Agency.
      Here is a website with Texas Education Agency Approved Courses.

    • DSC Application
    • DSC Affidavit
    • Order Driving Record
      • Online.  You may request and purchase your Driver Record information online at www.texas.gov and print the certified version immediately. You must request the “Type 3A” record to present to the court.  There is a convenience fee of $2.00. 
      • Mail.  You may request your Driver Record by mail using the Driving Record Request Form.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.  You must request the “Type 3A” record to present to the court. 

    What do I need to submit back to the Court?

    You will need to submit proof either in person or by mail that you have complied with all of the requirements and met the deadline outlined in the Court’s instructions. The items you must remit to the Court are as follows:

    Items to remit for Mandatory DSC

    • Certificate of Completion (you MUST submit the “Court Copy”)
    • Certified copy of your driving record
    • A signed and notarized DSC Affidavit

    If you fail to comply with any of the above-stated requirements, you will have a conviction on your driving record and you will be required to pay the fine amount.  Failure to pay this fine amount will result in a warrant of arrest being issued.

    What if documents are not turned in timely?

    Defendants will be required to appear at a Show Cause Hearing.  A letter will be sent to the address on file. 

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