DWI and Your Driver’s License

Among the most difficult issues that many people who are convicted of DWI must deal with is the suspension of their driver’s license. While it may be tempting to simply drive while your license is suspended, it is very possible that this will exacerbate your legal troubles. Fortunately, Texas law allows people whose drivers’ licenses are suspended to apply for an occupational license, also referred to as a restricted license or a hardship license. These licenses allow people whose drivers’ licenses are suspended to drive to and from certain places during the suspension, such as school, work, or for the performance of household duties. In order to obtain an occupational license, you must:

File a request with the court that is handling your DWI case;
• Obtain a court order for an occupational license and other supporting documents to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS);
• Pay a $10 fee to obtain an occupational license; and
• Pay reinstatement fees.

While the process of obtaining an occupational license may seem complicated, it is well worth it for people who have to continue driving. An experienced DWI attorney can help you through the process and make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.

Reinstate Your Texas Driver’s License

While the steps to reinstate your driver’s license are usually very clear, the process often takes a considerable amount of time and effort. These steps include the following:

  • Complete any period of revocation or suspension ordered by the court;
    • Pay all fines associated with your DWI, including court costs;
    • Complete any sentence ordered by the court;
    • Complete the Alcohol Education Program for Minors, the DWI Education Program, or the DWI Intervention Program, whichever the court orders; and
    • Pay all fees associated with reinstatement.

Fees Associated with License Reinstatement and Surcharges

Getting a DWI in Texas is an expensive event. In addition to any court-ordered fines and insurance increases that you face, there are legal fees as well as additional fees to reinstate your license. For example, you must pay a $125 fee after an Administrative License Revocation in order to reinstate your license. In addition, under the Texas Driver Responsibility Program, you have to pay surcharges associated with the maintenance of your license, which can be as much as $2,000 per year for three years.