Citation Options

Citation Options
Pay Fine

You may pay the fine and court costs for violation(s) you are charged with in person, by mail, credit card payment by phone or online. Method payments are Visa, Mastercard, money order, check, and cash. Please make money order or check payable to the City of Harlingen. You may also pay your violation online by visiting

Driving Safety Course (DSC)

This option only applies to certain violations. Choosing this option will allow you 90 days to complete the course and request a certified copy of your driving record from the Department of Public Safety in Austin. You can prevent the citation from going on your driving record by successfully completing this course. The violation for which you have been charged can be dismissed, if you qualify. For further information, see the Driving Safety Course section.

Deferred Disposition (Probation)

This is another method for you to have your violation dismissed to prevent the offense from appearing on your driving or criminal record. The deferral period is from 30 days minimum to a maximum of 180 days. You are required to pay the state court costs and post a cash bond in the amount of the special expense fee at the time of your request. You may also be required to take a driving safety course as a condition of your deferred disposition. Deferred disposition is similar to DSC in that it is only granted once a year to have a violation dismissed.
If you hold a Commercial Drivers License, you are not eligible for deferred disposition.
State law prohibits the deferred disposition option if a violation occurs in a construction zone when workers are present.

Request a Trial

You may plead Not Guilty and request a trial. You have the right to a jury trial or you can waive that right to have your case heard before a judge.