Potter County Defensive Driving

If you've recently received a ticket in Potter County, whether in Amarillo, Bishop Hills, or another city, you may be able to have it dismissed by taking a defensive driving course (which is also referred to as a driving safety course). Here's what you need to know and how to start the process:

First, make sure you are eligible to have the ticket dismissed. It is up to the Potter County Court to determine whether you can take a defensive driving course/driver safety course to dismiss the ticket. You must contact the Court to ask if your ticket is eligible for dismissal. If the court approves you to take a course, you are eligible to take our 100% online, easy and simple Texas Defensive Driving course.

You can start the driving safety course (DSC) process online, by mail/email, or in person at The Municipal Court. If you will be completing the DSC process online, please refer to the process as detailed on this website. If you are selecting your option of a DSC by mail/email, you must submit a letter to the Judge requesting to start a DSC. The correspondence will be reviewed, and paperwork will be sent to you with further instructions.

If you have not completed a DSC in the 12 months prior to the date on the citation, you will not need Judge approval to take the DSC for a moving violation dismissal. However, certain traffic offenses cannot be dismissed by DSC, such as passing a school bus, leaving the scene of an accident, and traffic offenses committed in a construction zone with workers present.

Please carefully read the following requirements for the driving safety school (DSC) process:

  1. Only courses approved by The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation may be taken.
  2. You must have a valid Texas driver's license for the Court to accept the course. If you do not have a valid Texas driver's license, it is recommended that you take a local in-class DSC course or contact the online DSC course provider for instructions prior to beginning the course.
  3. You must provide proof of valid financial responsibility at the time of the violation.
  4. Violations for speeding in excess of 24 mph over the speed limit are not eligible for dismissal.
  5. Holders of a commercial driver's license (CDL) are not eligible to take a DSC regardless of whether the offense occurred in a private vehicle.
  6. The court cannot dismiss your traffic citation without the Certified Copy of your Driving Record. In addition, the Court will not accept the DSC if your driving record shows you have taken this course within the last twelve (12) months.
  7. Only "moving violations" can be dismissed with a DSC. If you are unsure what type of violation you have, contact the Court.

You must complete the DSC within ninety (90) days from the date of your plea. Further extensions will not be granted by the Court. You must turn in the Affidavit, copy of driver's license and insurance, DSC Completion Certificate and Certified Copy of your Driving Record to the court by the end of the 90-day period in order to have the violation dismissed.

DSC courses completed prior to date of your plea will NOT be accepted by the Court.

You will be notified by mail if the Court cannot accept your documents you provide for dismissal.

Next, register for our Texas Defensive Driving course. Make sure it is the person who got the traffic ticket that registers, not another family member or friend, as this will also be the name on the Certificate of Completion.

Finally, order your Certified Texas Driving Record, which all Texas courts will require in addition to your DSC Certificate of Completion.

Once you've registered, you can begin the Texas Defensive Driving course. Log in and out as much as you like, the test will pick back up where you left off, however the course must be completed within three months of registering. The course is user-friendly and section quizzes can be taken multiple times. The American Safety Council also provides customer assistance via live chat and email.

After you've completed the easy and painless course, we will process your Certificate of Completion, which is required by the Potter County court, the same day. The certificate will be mailed to the address you supplied at login, so it is very important that you provide a valid address. Failure to do so can result in your ticket not getting dismissed, even if you have completed the course.

Once you have received both the Certificate of Completion and your Certified Texas Driving Record, submit them to the Potter County Court, per their instruction.