How to Clear a Driving Record in Texas

By Natalie Smith, Ph.D. - Updated March 28, 2017

Texas imposes some fairly harsh penalties for moving violations in the state. Officers in many areas in Texas pull motorists over for as little as one mile over the speed limit, and the fines for speeding and other moving violations can run more than $200. Even worse, if you have three or more moving violations, you will have to pay a hefty surcharge each year until the points drop off your record. It makes sense to keep your record clear.

Get a Copy of Your Driving Record

Visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website and obtain a copy of your driving record. Make sure that it is a certified copy.

Go To Traffic School

Take a defensive driving course that is certified with the Texas State Department of Public Safety. There are many possible ways to take this course, including online.

Arrange a Court Hearing

Bring the certificate from the defensive driving course, your driver's license, and your driving record to your local Texas Department of Public Safety and arrange for a court date.

Make Your Case

Attend the court date with your documents and request permission to have your violations cleared from your record.

Warning

The defensive driving courses are for moving violations only. DUI and DWI offenses carry criminal penalties, and these cannot be erased from your record.

About the Author

Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.

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