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What are your options after driver license suspension?

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Perhaps you forgot to pay for a speeding ticket following a Texas traffic stop. Maybe you refused to take a Breathalyzer test after a suspected DUI arrest. There are numerous reasons why you may have undergone a driver’s license suspension. This can have both immediate and far-reaching implications in your daily life.

How will you get to work? Maybe you’re divorced and must drive your kids to a specific location for custody transfers. Perhaps you’re commuting to college classes. Even simple daily activities like grocery shopping become challenging if you cannot drive. So, what can you do about it?

Reinstating privileges following a driver’s license suspension

Texas laws provide accommodation for people who have an essential need to drive, although they have incurred a driver’s license suspension. State officials commonly refer to this accommodation as an “essential needs license” or “occupational driver’s license.” It is basically a driver’s license that has restrictions.

To obtain an essential needs license, you must file a petition. There are several ways to do this. Therefore, it’s best to explore your options and determine which one best fits your needs. Once you decide where to file your petition, you must contact the proper official to find out the specific filing requirements.

Approval means you may apply

Be aware that, if you receive the court’s approval after submitting a petition for an essential needs license, it merely means that you are eligible to apply. Do not mistake the signed court order you receive with the actual occupational license. You must send the court order (as well as other necessary documentation) to the proper entity to request the license.

Keep in mind that there will be processing and reinstatement fees associated with your request for an essential needs license in Texas. You are responsible for paying in full. It can take up to 21 days to process an essential needs license request. If you’re a commercial vehicle operator, you will not be eligible for an essential needs license for your CDL.

Additional ineligibility issues

There are several more reasons why the court might deny your request for an essential needs license. If the court has ruled you delinquent in paying child support, it may revoke your driver’s license and preclude you from reinstatement, unless and until you satisfy the debt. You might also have a medical condition that has compelled an advisory board to inform the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) that you are incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle.

If legal complications arise regarding a request for an essential needs license in Texas, you may seek guidance and support. Someone who is knowledgeable about driver’s license suspension laws in this state may be able to help you obtain a favorable result.