Occupational Licenses

What is an Occupational License?

Occupational Licenses allow you to 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 speeding tickets or past-due surcharges, 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.

How Long will it take?

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.

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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.

There is a filing fee paid to the Clerk, which totals roughly $300 (depending on the # of pages). Depending on your income, the Judge might waive or reduce this. Or, a Justice of the Peace can be used, which is cheaper but often the hearing requirements are more formal and rigid. It may also take longer than using the Travis County Clerk's Office.

The last step (once the Judge signs the Petition/Order and it's filed) is to send the required materials to DPS. They only accept Occupational Licenses by mail now, and you cannot walk-in to the local DMV. DPS requires all reinstatement fee(s) be paid prior to the issuance of the occupational or restricted license, and needs them included with the above materials. 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 Order is valid as your license for 45 days, until you get the actual occupational license from DPS.


As mentioned above, 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. If you think it's applicable, the Surcharge Waiver Program DPS has the info and the application at DPS Link. The Judge is not involved, and the application is sent directly to DPS.

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