Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, 8918 Tesoro Dr. #300, San Antonio TX 78217 Ph# (210) 335-4700, Option #4
(1) QUALIFICATIONS to take a Driving Safety Course (DSC) to have your ticket dismissed are:
- You must enter a written plea of either "Guilty" or "No Contest".
- You must have a Texas (non-commercial) Drivers License, or be a member or the spouse or dependent child of a member of the United States military serving on active duty.
- You must have valid automotive liability insurance (financial responsibility).
- You must not have taken a Driving Safety Course within the past year (12 months).
- You must have been charged with a "moving" or "seatbelt" traffic violation.
- You must not have been speeding more than 24 mph over the posted speed limit or speeding 95 mph or more.
(2) ON or BEFORE your Court Date indicated on your ticket, you must make a written request to the Court to take DSC and submit all the following documents along with your request:
- A copy of your traffic ticket.
- A Written Plea marked Guilty or No-Contest.
- An Affidavit to Take a Driving Safety Course. (A sworn statement that you meet all DSC qualifications.)The document must be notarized if you are sending it to the Court by mail.
- A photocopy of your valid Texas Drivers License (or proof of active military status)
- A photocopy of your valid automotive liability insurance card or policy.
- A money order or cashiers check (no personal checks accepted) payable to: JP3 Court, in the amount of either $115.00, or $140.00 on offenses committed within a School Zone, for court costs and fees.
(3) You must also send a Driving Record Request Form to the DPS in Austin, to obtain a certified copy of your driving record. Complete the form by filling-in YOUR name and YOUR address in the boxes and enclose the required $10.00 fee and mail it to the DPS address on the form. (DPS accepts personal checks).DPS will send YOU a certified copy of your driving record within 2-3 weeks. Keep the record to give the Court after you complete a driving course.
(4) You should immediately enroll and take an approved Driving Safety Course. Do NOT wait until you get your DPS driving record before taking a course, as that may take too long.
- To find a driving course, look in the Yellow Pages under "Driving Instruction", or at www.tea.state.tx.us
- The course MUST be a 6-hour class authorized and approved by the Texas Education Agency for the dismissal of traffic tickets. Call to verify the class is State authorized and approved' before you sign-up.
- All Driving Safety Courses charge an enrollment fee and prices vary.
- Some driving courses require a DSC Court Referral Letter. You may print one if you need it.
(5) WITHIN 90-DAYS from your first request to take DDC, you must submit the below 2 documents to the Court
- The original COURT COPY of your Driving Safety Course Completion Certificate, SIGNED BY YOU, and
- The original Certified Driving Record you requested and received from DPS Austin.
IF you follow these instructions, your case will be dismissed and the ticket will NOT show on your driving record, however, the date you completed the course WILL be indicated on your driving record.
IF YOU FAIL to complete DSC or fully comply with all requirements within 90-days for any reason: Refer to your copy of the Affidavit to Take a Driving Safety Course. The "Show Cause Hearing Date" will be set by the court and a copy provided to you. It is the "Show Cause Hearing Date" on which you must appear to tell the Judge why you failed to comply or complete DSC.
YOU ARE HEREBY ADVISED: In the event you follow the above procedures but it is later determined you submitted faulty information or you had already taken a Driving Safety Course to have a ticket dismissed within the last year immediately preceding the date of offense or assigned 90 day period, a conviction will appear on your driving record. You will be credited court costs previously paid, but you must immediately pay the originally scheduled fine amount plus any applicable late fees etc., or a warrant may be issued for your arrest without further notice.