Municipal Courts

All locations will be closed Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2.
Friday, December 23, and Friday, December 30, all locations will close at 3:00 pm.

Driving Safety Course

If you are charged with a traffic offense and would like to request a driver’s safety course by right you may request the course before your scheduled court hearing or before the judge on your day of court. If you do not qualify for a driver’s safety course by right you must appear at the scheduled hearing and request to take the course before the judge. It will be the judge’s discretion whether to grant the course. 

At the time of the request, you must:

  • Plead guilty or nolo contendere
  • Pay court costs and an administration fee

You are eligible to request a driver’s safety course by right if you are 17 years or older and:

  • Have a valid Texas Driver's License, are active military, or military family with a valid driver's license
  • Do not have a Commercial Driver’s License
  • Have not requested and taken a driving safety course for a traffic offense within the last 12 months
  • Are not currently taking the course for another traffic violation
  • Have not committed the offense of speeding 25 mph over the speed limit
  • Have not committed one of the following offenses
    • Failure to give information at the accident scene
    • Leaving scene of the accident
    • Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
    • Reckless driving
    • Passing a school bus
    • Violation issued in Construction Zone with workers present
    • Passing an Emergency Vehicle

You may request a Driver Safety Course by Right in any of the following manners:

  • At your scheduled court hearing
  • Online
  • By Mail to 810 E Overland, El Paso, TX 79901
    Provide full name, date of birth, citation/case number, phone number, and a check/money order for court costs and administrative fees.

In-person at any of our office locations:

Municipal Courts General Court Case Process

 

Prior to the end of the 90-day period, you must present the following documentation to the court by mail or in-person:

If the information is not submitted to the court within 90 days, the court will send you a notice requiring you to return to court and explain why you failed to show proof of completion. If you have a good reason why you were unable to present your proof the judge may, but is not required, grant you an extension. Your failure to be present at that hearing may result in a warrant for your arrest being issued.

If you have been granted defensive driving and no longer wish to complete the course you may fill out the Waiver of Driver Safety Course or Deferred Adjudication (Español) and pay your fine with the Court at any of our locations.

For any additional questions on the driving safety course and its related information call (915) 212-0215 or email Defensivedriving@elpasotexas.gov.