In Texas, when people are convicted of
driving while intoxicated (DWI) on a first-offense, they face a 180-day driver’s license suspension.
For most everyday citizens, they can’t afford to lose their driving
privileges for six months. After all, Texas is a BIG state and it’s
very difficult to drive to and from work and take care of one’s
family without a valid driver’s license.
So, if your driver’s license is suspended for six months for DWI,
what can you do? Is there any way for you to maintain your driver’s
license so you can keep your job and provide for your loved ones? Fortunately,
you may be able to obtain what is called an “occupational license.”
What is an Occupational License?
In Texas, an occupational or “essential need” license is a
restricted license available to certain drivers whose license has been
suspended for some reason, such as surcharges or DWI. However, individuals
whose license was suspended because of a medical reason or because of
past-due child support are not eligible. When someone qualifies for an
occupational license, it means he or she may drive a non-commercial vehicle
strictly for the purposes of:
- School, and
- Essential household duties.
When someone is convicted of DWI and they want to obtain an occupational
license, he or she must submit their request by following specific procedures
in the jurisdiction where the individual lives or in the jurisdiction
where the DWI offense was committed.
If the county or district court, or Justice of the Peace decides that the
applicant qualifies for an occupational license, a court order will be
issued, authorizing the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to issue the
person an occupational license.
To learn more about fighting a Texas DWI, applying for an occupational
license, the Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate (SR-22), and
the occupational license fee,
contact our office to meet with an experienced
Plano DWI attorney.