Most licensed drivers in Texas are well-aware of the fact that a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction will likely result in a driver’s license suspension. After all, the public is continuously on the receiving end of anti-drinking and driving campaigns. So, it’s a no-brainer: drink and drive and lose your license. What many Texas drivers do not know is that a drug or controlled substance violation can also lead to a driver’s license suspension. For example, if you’re found guilty of possession by a Texas court, your driver’s license will be suspended for 180 days. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, “Individuals who are convicted of a drug or controlled substance offense: Will have their driver license suspended for 180 days, and are required to complete a 15-hour class in an authorized Drug Education Program for each conviction.” If you are convicted of a drug offense and you fail to complete a 15-hour class for each controlled substance violation, your driver’s license will be revoked beyond the 180-day suspension period.
What if I Don’t Have a Driver’s License?
Suppose you don’t have a Texas driver’s license, but you were planning on getting one. If you are convicted of a drug offense and you don’t have a driver’s license, you will not be able to obtain a driver’s license for 180 days – this is called an Order of Prohibition. The Order of Prohibition does not start on the day of the drug conviction. Instead, the 180 days begin to tally on the day you contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and fill out the appropriate forms. Note: These forms are not available to the public online; they have to be obtained at a driver license office. Or, you can call (512) 424-2600 to obtain the forms.