Occupational Licenses


What is an Occupational License?

Occupational Licenses allow you to legally drive even if your Driver's License is suspended; you can go to and from work, to and from school, drive for daily household chores (supermarket, medical, child care), as well as other necessities such as probation and court meetings, DWI classes, meetings, night classes, and a few more areas.

Even if you only have old tickets, an Occupational License allows you to drive legally for up to two years, so you can avoid more tickets that could re-suspend your license, giving you more time pay off old tickets and reinstate your actual license.

If you'd like to talk in detail about your situation, or if you have questions, contact us for a Free Case Consultation. Keep in mind, Keates Law Firm only practices in Austin and Travis County.


What You Need to Know

For most cases, we can get your legally driving within a week. Also, 99% of the time, you won't need to come to court at all; we'll take care of it for you.

For an Occupational License you'll need to obtain SR22 insurance, which can be added to your existing insurance. There are several DPS fees associated with the ODL. DPS requires a $10 fee per year (max of 2 years per order), and usually a $100 reinstatement fee ($125 if there has been a DWI conviction or ALR suspension). Depending on other driving type offenses, there could be other reinstatement fees, but you can also check Reinstatement Fees at DPS's website, https://txapps.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/dlreinstatement/login.do.

You'll be required to carry a certified copy of the Order with you while operating a motor vehicle, and in Travis County most of the Judges require a simple log book noting each trip of actual and essential need.

The last step (once the Judge signs the Petition/Order and it's filed) is to send the required materials to DPS. We do this for you, especially since DPS only accepts Occupational License Court Documents by mail now (you cannot walk-in to the local DPS anymore). Your old tickets and surcharges do NOT need to be prepaid, but they do need to be taken care of before you reinstate to your regular license. A copy of the ODL Court Order is valid as your license for 45 days, until you get the actual occupational license from DPS (45 days is the processing time for them to mail out the Photo License).


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