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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The answers to common questions about
our Texas state-approved defensive driving course,
including our convenient online course
and our live driving safety classes.
Classroom Course (10)
State regulations require that the class last six hours, but there are numerous breaks — roughly one after each hour — and a 30-minute break for the meal that is included in the cost of the course.
The total cost of the six-hour classroom course — including entertainment, a meal and refreshments, and standard delivery of Certificate of Completion — is $39.95.
The total cost of the six-hour online course, with standard delivery of Certificate of Completion, is $34.95 (Look for our online discount that makes the online course only $25…the cheapest the state will allow!)
You may pay online with your credit card or pay cash at the class when you actually take it.
Yes and yes. If you begin our online course and then your plans change, or you just decide you don’t want to finish it, call our online support line at 888-401-3748. With one phone call, you can cancel your online course and get your credit card payment refunded to you any time before your certificate of completion is printed.
You can register online at comedyguys.com or call our offices:
Dallas – 214-426-6339
Tarrant County – 817-849-8181
Houston – 713-426-6339
Toll free statewide – 877-826-6339
No, any state-approved course can be used for a ticket from anywhere in Texas and many other states as well.
For courts outside of Texas, check with the court that issued your ticket to ask whether you can take our course to have the ticket dismissed.
Your driver’s license or other photo ID, for identification purposes
Pen and paper, for taking notes during the class (which you can use on your test)
The paperwork related to any tickets, so that we can have the exact name of the court issuing the ticket
Cash to pay the cost of the class (or pay by credit card when reserving online).
You do not need to bring your proof of auto insurance to the class.
No. TEA doesn’t allow smoking in any of its accredited classes, but there will be numerous breaks during the six-hour session.
No, state regulations require six hours. We ask that our students arrive at least 15 minutes early, to avoid the risk of being too late to take the class.
A small group of people – usually from 15 to 50 – gather in a room for a six-hour session. We cover the 11 topics required by the state, but we make the classes as enjoyable as possible. Roughly five hours of the time is spent covering the material, either by listening to the instructor or watching videos. The remaining time is spent taking the review exam at the end, filling out a form to get your Certificate of Completion, or enjoying numerous breaks and a meal.
General Questions (12)
If serious means “does it cover the subject according to state regulations,” then yes, it is serious. Our classes are dedicated both to meeting all state requirements and to helping our students to become safer drivers.
If serious means “is it boring,” then the answer is no, not at all. Six hours in a class can be a long time, but our instructors are all professional comedians, and we work hard to teach the subject in the most entertaining way possible.
Just because you’re learning doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
We follow a state-approved curriculum in content, but not delivery.
It has been our experience that humor puts people at ease, encourages participation, and increases retention. Though our course covers some serious subjects, we keep it as entertaining as possible.
Some of our classroom locations offer the driving safety class in Spanish; see our list of classroom locations for details.
Though the online course is currently available only in English, we hope to offer a version in Spanish in the future.
Yes, both our classroom course and our online course are licensed by the Texas Education Agency as an approved driving safety course.
Most municipal court judges and justices of the peace require you to contact the court before you take the driving safety course for purposes of ticket dismissal. Be sure to obtain the court’s permission first.
A certificate of driving safety course completion cannot be saved and used for a later traffic violation. You must compete the driving safety course AFTER the traffic violation, and the court may dismiss only one charge.
Tickets can only be dismissed by defensive driving if the court that issued the ticket has given you permission to do so.
Texas state law allows you to dismiss one traffic ticket every 12 months by taking a TEA-approved driving safety course. You must not possess a Commercial Driver License (CDL); you must admit guilt or sign a statement that you do not contest the citation (nolo contendere); and if you were charged with speeding, your speed must be less than 25 miles per hour above the posted speed limit.
There are other criteria, and the court has the final decision on whether you’ll be permitted to dismiss the ticket by completing a driving safety course.
Yes, if your insurance company gives a discount for defensive driving, this course will qualify. Contact your insurance company to learn whether it gives this discount or not.
Yes, you may use Defensive Driving to have a ticket dismissed once per year, even if you’ve already taken the class to reduce your insurance rates. In some cases, you may be able to have a second ticket dismissed in less than twelve months if the second court grants you permission to do so.
If you’re under the age of 25, a judge may request you take the course for any moving violation.
You may use a Defensive Driving course instead of paying a ticket only once per year, unless the court in question gives you special permission to repeat the class for ticket dismissal within a shorter period of time.
The Drivers License Points System was enacted in 2003 as part of the Driver Responsibility Law (part of HB 3588). This system assigns points to individual’s driving records for all moving violations classified as Class C misdemeanors.
2 pts. for a moving violation conviction in Texas or another state
3 pts. for a conviction for a moving violation that resulted in a vehicle crash, in Texas or another state
0 pts. are assigned for seat belt violation convictions or for speeding less than 10% over the posted limit.
Points remain on your record for three years.
DPS will fine drivers who accumulate a total of six points or more on their records within a six-year period. Drivers pay $100 for the first six points and $25 for each additional points until enough time has gone by for those points to be removed from their records.
If you have a driver license from another state and receive a traffic ticket in Texas, you may have the ticket dismissed by taking a Texas driving safety course if the judge gives you permission to do so. Contact the court named on your ticket and ask.
That’s a question that has to be answered by the court that issued the citation. Contact the court named on your ticket and ask whether a defensive driving course approved in Texas will satisfy their requirements. Usually, the answer is “yes,” but it will be that court’s decision.
Yes. Both the classroom and online course have a 25-question, multiple-choice test at the end. The test for the online course is comprised from a selection of 25 questions from a bank of 100.
On the rare occasion that someone doesn’t pass the test at the end of the classroom course, the instructor will review the material and allow that student to take the test again. Online, students will have two chances to review material and re-take the test.
Online Course (18)
Simply put, it is a course in defensive driving that is presented online using text with audio, animation, and video clips. Like a classroom course, state-approved online courses must meet the state’s legal requirements, take six hours to complete, and cover the eleven topics required by the TEA.
Our classroom course is more lively and interactive. It puts you with a group of people in your same situation, with a live instructor and includes a meal.
Working online is more efficient, allowing you to work alone, progressing through the curriculum at your own speed. Though both classes are six hours long, the biggest advantage of the course online is that these do not have to be six consecutive hours. You decide when to login and how long you want to work.
The total cost of the six-hour online course, with standard delivery of Certificate of Completion, is $34.95
The classroom version of our course — including entertainment, a meal and refreshments, and standard delivery of Certificate of Completion — is $39.95.
Currently, we are only accepting credit or debit cards for the online course.
The online course is completely self-contained and does not require you to visit other web sites nor travel to other locations.
The State of Texas requires that all driving safety classes must be six hours long, whether done in person or online.
You may login and out whenever you want. The class will still take a minimum of six hours from beginning to end, but you decide when and for how long you want to work.
Most mobile devices will work fine with our course.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or above, Mozilla Firefox or Opera, or Apple Safari
Windows Media Player 10 or above, or Quicktime player
For the video segments to load and run properly, a high-speed (broadband, DSL or faster) Internet connection.
With a high-speed Internet connection, our course should operate using Apple Safari, though it may be necessary for you to use alternative Quicktime versions of our video clips
At the bottom of each page is a button that looks like a stop sign. Click there to save your place and logout.
Or just close the browser window. Our program automatically records what page you were working on last, so that when you login next time, you will be on that page again.
You have 180 days from the date you register to complete your course requirements. You should know that most courts only give you 90 days to complete a defensive driving course from the date you request permission from the court to take such a course and pay your court costs.
From our experience, the longer it takes to complete the course the more difficult it is for students to pass the final test. Therefore, we recommend you complete the course within a few days.
The course automatically keeps track of each page you complete. Therefore, if you should become disconnected or accidentally close your Internet browser, you will be able to return to the page you were on before that happened.
If you receive an error message during any part of the online course, payment processing, or registration, please write down the entire error message and call the technical support phone number: 888-401-3748.
Yes. Contact us online at ComedyGuys.com or toll-free by phone at 888-401-3748.
No. We will keep track of your progress so you can logon from any computer and continue from where you left off.
If you forget your password, from the login screen, enter your Driver License Number then click on the button labeled Email. Your password will be sent to the email address on file.
We confirm your identity by confirming your driver’s license information with the Texas Department of Public Safety and your vehicle registration information with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Both of these sources are public information.
Ccredit card information you provide is sent to authorize.net to verify your card and charge your account. We do not store information regarding your credit card on our system.
Information you provide to us is used solely to confirm your identity with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Any credit card information is transmitted immediately to Authorize.net to verify your card information and charge your account. We do not store any of your credit card information on our system.
Your personal information will not be shared with any outside party, with the sole exception of the Texas Education Agency, as is required by their regulations.
All information is encrypted and protected by a Secure Socket Layer or SSL.
We’ve tried to set up the videos in our online course so that they’ll play on any device without problems, but with computers, phones, operating systems, applications, and video formats all changing as fast as they do it’s hard to make every video play without problems for every customer.
So as a backup, we’ve loaded the online course videos onto YouTube. If they won’t play for you normally, you can open this page in a separate browser window and watch the videos this way. Then return to the online course and answer the video question.
Your Certificate of Completion (6)
Certificates are printed at approximately 10am and 3pm, Monday through Friday. If you finish the online course before 3pm on a weekday, your certificate should be printed and mailed that day. Otherwise it will be printed at 10am on the next working day.
Special arrangements can be made with the instructor if taking the classroom course or by choosing the option you want at the end of the online course.
|Regular Mail||none||7 to 10 days after printing|
(where available within Texas)
|$25||Finish by 3pm any weekday, receive your certificate the next business day.
Finish after 3pm any weekday, receive your certificate in 2 business days.
Finish on the weekend, your certificate will be printed the following business day and delivered the day after that.
Because of the distances involved, this delivery option (ground delivery) will take one extra day to the El Paso area. Students living in or near El Paso who need their certificate overnight should choose the AM delivery option, which are carried by plane.
|Overnight, AM delivery
(where available within Texas)
|$35||Finish by 3pm any weekday, receive your certificate by noon the next business day.
Finish after 3pm, receive your certificate by noon in 2 business days.
Finish on the weekend, your certificate will be printed the following business day and delivered by noon the day after that.
|Regular Mail||none||7 to 10 days|
(where available within Texas)
|$25||2 business days after the class|
|Overnight, AM delivery
(where available within Texas)
|$35||By noon in 2 business days after the class|
If you make no special arrangements, your certificate will be sent by regular mail and should arrive within 7-10 days. If you do not receive your certificate within 10 business days, contact our offices at 877-826-6339.
Overnight mail sent on Friday will be delivered the following Monday unless you opt for Saturday delivery. Call 877-826-6339 for availability and pricing.
State regulations forbid delivering a certificate the day the class is completed, but courier service is available for those who need their certificate the day after their class. Call our offices at 877-826-6339 for details.
Overnight mail and courier service cannot deliver to PO boxes.
We will send the certificate directly to you because it must be signed by you before it goes to the court.
We can print another copy of your certificate for a fee of $10.
We have an amazing track record of printing and mailing certificates which are usually delivered promptly by the U.S. Postal Service. However, there is a small percentage of mail that doesn’t arrive where we sent it.
If your certificate has not arrived within 10 days of your class but the address you gave us was valid, contact our office and we will print a second copy for you for no charge.
If the address you supplied was incorrect, we must charge a $10 fee for making changes and printing a new certificate.
Contact our offices with the correct information. If we get the correct information before we’ve mailed your certificate, we can print a new one for no charge. If the original has already been mailed, we must charge $10 for a replacement.
Sorry, but no. State regulations require that course providers (in this case, us) must print out official certificates and send them through some third-party carrier, such as the US Postal Service or an overnight mail service.
Your Driving Record (3)
No. A court may require you to get a copy of your driving record and present it to the court, but you won’t need it to take our class.
Since 2003, Texas has had a point system for drivers. Every moving violation attaches a number of points to your driving record, which stay there for three years. If you earn six points or more in any three-year period, you will be fined an annual surcharge by the state until those points.
Points on your record may also affect what you pay for auto insurance.
A driving safety course can prevent a ticket and the points that go with it from appearing on your record, which is why defensive driving is so popular.
Getting a speeding ticket dismissed in Texas by taking a state-certified defensive driving course can be a daunting task.
You need to do everything right to satisfy the court’s requirements, but at the same time you don’t want to spend any more time or money getting this done than you have to.
So it’s only natural that someone looking for the right driving safety course would have questions.
We hope this page has gone a long way toward answering your questions about Texas defensive driving and about our Comedy Guys course in particular.
Laugh Off That Ticket In The Best Defensive Driving Course Online and In Classrooms
Comedy Guys Online Defensive Driving Course is approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide the shortest online defensive driving course at the lowest price allowed by law and it works on iPhones, iPads, Android and other mobile devices plus, we can deliver your certificate to you overnight.
Comedy Guys Defensive Driving classroom instruction provides more scheduled defensive driving classes taught by professional entertainers than any other safety school in Texas. We are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and back your experience with our iron clad money back guarantee.