Driving Safety Course

Driving Safety Course or "Defensive Driving"

If you are eligible to take a Driving Safety Course (sometimes called "defensive driving") and your request to do so is approved by the Judge, successful completion of the program may keep the traffic offense from being reported on your driving record. Do not enroll in a course before being approved for this option. You must be approved by the Municipal Judge prior to beginning your Driving Safety Course (DSC).

You may request to take a DSC (PDF) by mail within thirty (30) days from the date your citation was issued. Your application will be forwarded to the Judge to determine eligibility for the program. If eligible, you will then pay court costs and fees and submit proof of a current Texas driver’s license and current proof of auto liability insurance. Once all of these items are received by the Court, you will have ninety (90) days, to complete the course via a third-party vendor of your choosing and submit to the court proof of having completed a qualified DSC along with a copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety. You can request this record online or via mail (PDF).
You are NOT eligible to keep a violation off of your driving record via DSC if any of the following are true:

  • You have a commercial driver’s license (CDL); or
  • You do not have a valid driver’s license; or
  • You received a ticket for not having current vehicle liability insurance and you do not provide a copy of your current vehicle liability insurance; or
  • You were speeding 25 miles per hour or more over the speed limit; or
  • You were speeding 15 miles per hour or more over the speed limit in a commercial vehicle; or
  • You received your ticket as a result of Reckless Driving; or
  • You received your ticket as a result of Passing a School Bus; or
  • You received your ticket as a result of Fleeing/Eluding a Peace Officer; or
  • You received your ticket as a result of Leaving the Scene of an Accident; or
  • You received your ticket as a result of Fail to ID/ Render Aid; or
  • You have been approved for a Driving Safety Class in the State of Texas within the last 12 months.

You will be notified by mail if your request is denied by the Judge. If you are not eligible to keep a violation off of your driving records via completion of a DSC, you must enter your plea in person or by mail. If you enter your plea by mail you must use the back of the citation you were issued.


  • Our office is open on weekdays, excluding holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We do close daily for lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • All official correspondence must be mailed via the United States Postal Service (USPS) or delivered in person.
  • If the Court is closed due to weather conditions or a Town holiday, your due date will move to the next business day that our offices are open. 
  • Para defendientes necesitando asistencia en español, por favor llamar por teléfono o venir a la oficina entre las horas de 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (13:00 a 17:00) lunes a viernes.


Nothing appearing on this site should be considered legal advice. If you have questions about your best course of action, what plea you should enter, your rights, or the consequence of a conviction, you should contact an attorney. The clerk, the judge, nor the prosecutor can give you legal advice. Neither the Municipal Court nor the Town of Pantego makes any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the provided information and shall not be responsible for errors or omissions nor for results obtained from the application of provided information.

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Fax: 817-617-3755
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2600 Miller Lane

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Closed for Lunch
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
La asistencia en español está disponible de lunes a viernes
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Bill Lane, Presiding Judge
  • Teresa Evans, Associate Judge/Magistrate
  • Michael S. Newman, Associate Judge/Magistrate
  • Craig Magnuson, Prosecutor