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Suspended License Information for Texas

While some motorists regard driving as a basic right, the fact is that operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that must be earned and maintained by demonstrating safe and lawful driving. Under certain circumstances, an individual's Texas driver's license may be suspended or revoked for a specific length of time, depending on the person's driving record or history, and the particular violation(s).


There are a variety of reasons why your Texas driver's license might be suspended. Some of these are related to specific driving violations, while others may be due to violation of other State laws. Following are some of the most common reasons for a Texas driver's license to be suspended or revoked.

  • Driving Under the Influence. Your Texas driver's license will be suspended if you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The length of the suspension (between 90 days and 2 years) depends on the severity of the violation and whether it is a first or repeat offense.
  • Drug Offenses. A conviction for a drug offense (which does not necessarily have to have been committed while operating a motor vehicle) will result in license suspension for 180 days.
  • Excessive Moving Violations. If you receive too many tickets for moving traffic violations your license may be suspended. Your license will be suspended if you receive 4 or more traffic tickets in a 12 month period or 7 or more traffic tickets in a 24 month period.
  • Driving with a Suspended License or no License. Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increase in the length of the suspension, equal to the original suspension period.
  • Driving without Insurance. All motor vehicles driven in Texas must be properly insured. A second or subsequent ticket for driving without insurance can result in your license being suspended.
  • Physical or Psychological Disqualification. The DOT can order a re-examination of any person who may not be fit to drive. An individual's driving privileges may be suspended if the re-examination finds they are physically or psychologically unable to drive safely.
  • Other Driving-Related Violations. Your Texas driver's license may also be suspended if you engage in reckless driving, are found to be at fault in a fatal accident, or if you have your license suspended in another State.
  • Non-Driving Reasons for License Suspension. A variety of non-driving violations or issues can result in your license being suspended. These include being found incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle by the Medical Advisory Board, failing to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges and not paying child support.


Having your Texas driver's license suspended is a serious matter and it is essential to adhere to State law in the event that your license is suspended. If you believe your license may be suspended due to one of the reasons listed above it is advisable to speak with a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer. Depending on the reasons for your license suspension, you may be eligible for an renew your license or identification card that will allow you to drive to and from work and other necessary appointments during the suspension period.


If you receive a suspension notice from the DOT, and you wish to challenge the suspension, you may request a hearing in court. An administrative law judge or the DOT representative will hear your case, and determine whether your driver's license should be suspended or not. In addition, drivers whose license may be suspended due to accumulating excessive points may be eligible to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program. Completing a Driver Improvement Program may remove points from the current driving record, and in some cases can enable an individual to avoid having his license suspended. It is a good idea to seek the advice of a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer, based on the reason for the suspension.


When your suspension period is over, you can restore your license by paying the reinstatement fee and supplying a valid proof of financial responsibility (SR-22) insurance certificate. The reinstate fee varies depending on the reason your license was suspended, between $100 and $125. There are currently 4 locations where you may reinstate your driving privilege. These are located at:
  • Austin
    108 Denson Drive    
  • Houston
    12220 S. Gessner Drive    
  • Universal City
    1633 Pat Booker Rd    
  • Garland
    350 West IH 30    


Reviews of Suspended License Information for Texas

I have a revoked license from the state of CO. I am now working in Houston. I have been living here since 12/2010. A co-worker told me that I could get a motorcycle license in TX. Can anyone help me with the answer to this.

TX State Law states if your license is revoked in another state they can do the same here. The best thing to do IMO is call the 800 number and speak to whatever moron answers. If they don't catch it, you can try going to the DMV. But, if they run you, you can be arrested or they could be cool, cause all cops hate paperwork, and just issue you a state ID. Any form of a drivers license in this state, no matter the class, is connected and subject to the same laws. Being downgraded from a CDL to a reg C is the usual only le-way (sp?) you can get. Mine has been suspended for a wreck I was just in and I have a clear record but no insurance when 18 whlr knocked me off an overpass in Houston. I got a no insurance ticket, like I knew would happen but I'm currently unemployed and trying to get a job. But, I also got the ticket for failure to control my lane....Damn a little crowded when the 18 whlr didn't see me and told the cops that when he hit me! So, now I've also received a note from the new insurance company that I ran and got immediately, that my license has been suspended. FOR WHAT? According to the laws I've just read for reason to suspend, I've done nothing to break any of these laws. This cop did it that now is harassing my family. My mother was pulled over in my truck tonight b/c the red tape over the back tail light (which is legal) was not RED enough?

Does anyone know the address I need to mail my $125.00 reinstatment fee along with a copy of my SR22 form - Im in Dallas - The DPS website has all kinds of fee info but they dont tell you where to send in the payment - and calling their help in at 512-424-2600 is a waste of time - FRUSTRATED!!! - HELP.....thanks in advance.. Nate

Driver Improvement Bureau

P.o. Box 15999

Austin, Tx 78761-5999

I understand your frustration as well.... Hope this helps

Thank you.

They have cashed my checks, $125.00 + $1040.00 and I have sent in a copy of my SR22 form, but no one can seem to tell me the status or when I will be getting my license back. The date the suspension is to end is 4/25. Why is it so hard to find out information on this?!?!?!?!? Does anyone have any idea as to who I can speak to about this?

Thanks in advance... Nate

On or after your reinstatement date (04/25), go to the nearest DPS office and apply for a copy of your license.

They do not return it to you unless you surrendered it to them. If you lost it because a Law Enforcement Officer confiscated it during an arrest, you will never see that license again.

Bellf0rd>??? You will never get it!

clearly texas wants you to drive a horse to work everyday...i paid 1700 dollars in surcharges for fines that i already paid..thats double punishment...cant do that by law people...

then over a hundred dollars to reinstate license...followed by 25 dollars to get new license...what is this? you want my first born too?

this state is so garbage..last in healthcare, education, first at having most people going hungry..republicanism at its best.

No not republicanism fascism!!! There is a difference. They think that we are too stupid to see it though. My license was surcharged in 2006 and I refused to pay the they keep adding more surcharges...I moved out of Texas and they can take a long walk off a very short pierre before they get another single dime from me.

Is driving with a suspended License considered a moving violation or a traffic ticket??? I wanted to no because I am filling out job applications and they ask whether you have been convicted of a misdemeanor other than a traffic violation.

I moved from Texas to Ohio in 2006, I had unpaid speeding tickets and surcharge fees that turned to warrants. I tried to get an Ohio license but couldnt because Texas put a block on it, after paying off all tickets, surcharge fees and warrants the block was removed and I was able to get my Ohio DL. I went to renew my ohio license yesterday (3-24-11) and was told that Texas had put a suspension and another block on my Ohio DL 5 years after the fact for too many points.

my question is.. How can Texas put a block on renewing my DL in another state, 5 years after the fact. I feel this should of been brought up 5 years ago.

I have been driving in Ohio for four years and now I can't renew my Ohio DL untill I pay a reinstatement fee to a state that I havent had a DL in for 5 years.

I feel they are doing some Dirty !@#$

Well it appears that the state is doing some really low down stuff. I also had my license suspended from a nonpayment of a ticket that I have no clue about. I went and renewed my licence at the local dps however I recieved a letter from Austin stating that I had unpaid tickets in Dallas county - instead of mailing me my license.

So after giving up on contacting the presinct where the alleged offenses occured (failure to show license and insurance) I have retained an attorney. Not a huge deal I went back in my records all the way to 2006 which was the citation dates - and I have proof of insurance surely texas knows that my license was valid or has some record thereof?

So I am advised by my attorney that the omniholds have been lifted and I should recive my license in the mail from Austin and I can drive w/ my letter from their lawoffice that they are representing me and have paid the omniholds.

So I purchased a new car today and went down to put some insurance on it however the insurance agent informed me that my license is suspended? Man I don't even know what to do from this point this is absolutely ridiculous and now I am most definitely going to lose my job over this - I guess I will be joining the many others on welfare if I qualify. Good job texas.

I so agree I paid all my tickets off paid my reinstatement fees which I had to pay because I was arrested for a DWI which I wasn't even in the car, charges got dismissed and just because I refused a BA I still had to pay my reinstatement fee. Then went down to get my license, I was happy to get it because I thought I was going to be legit now, but guess what once again Texas has to come in a F***** me over once again. Now I got a letter saying that cuz I had driven with out a license and got a ticket for it my license was going to be suspended. Man the refusal of BA was a suspension of 180 days not 2 1/2 yrs. later. Man texas is just dumb. My license is going to get suspended for another year. What the hell. Texas is just a money gobbling state.

I found out my license was suspended was told to get in contact with the judges that were in the county that i was issued the tickets that i didnt pay. So now I'm having to find out where all of my tickets that I got and I'm not sure how to find out where all of my tickets are from. of course i lost the tickets so i dont know where a few are. my driver record only brought up a few of my whole past history of tickets. and 1 wasnt on there that i remember getting. If anyone knows where i can go to find out where all of my tickets are from so I can pay them ASAP it would be much appreciated. I keep getting told to go to certain places then they give me a number in which they said to get into contact with another number and then it says call the county where the ticket was issued.. so just alot of circles are getting me now where. please help me thanks!

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I received a suspension of my license. I received two tickets for driving without insurance in October, 1998. The court has record me returning to show proof of insurance. I paid the fines for my tickets and was not informed that I was on probation for six months. In court, I received on instructions as to what i was required to dobut show proof of insurance and pay the fines. IN 2010 I was stopped for speeding and was informed there was a warrant for my arrest for not paying my tickets in 1998. As soon as I had the money, I paid my tickets. I went to renew my license and was informed that I could not because my license had been suspended. I have been able to renew my license every five years from 1998 until 2006. My license expired on November 13, 2010 and this is when I found out about the suspension. In mailed in a money order for $100.00 to the state of Texas and received a letter stating that I need an SR-22 in order to get my license.

I have had insurnace since 1998 unto present. How do I get an SR-22 form. Samuel Parker, Spring, Texas.

An SR-22 can be obtained from your current insurance company. Just call or go by therir office and tell them you have been informed that you are required to have an SR-22. They should be able to take care of that for you. I know I got it for my husband through our Progressive insurance and it was only $25 for the entire 6-months of my policy period. Good luck and I hope this helps.

I am fighting the same scenerio...I wish you luck. This is some racket the state has. And Just try to get ahold of them on the phone or on line to find out what you need to do. I was stopped in jan of 09 and given a ticket for no insurance. I had just moved from Little Rock and had insurance in Arkansas still current. The judge said it did not cover the car I was driving.. So I showed him proof of insurance in Texas paid my ticket and off I went ... now in 2011 I found out my license is suspended. Never was I informed in court that I needed to pay the state a fee. I also never received the letter they claim to send out. like i said good is an endless money pit without support.

I found out today that my license is suspended while riding in the car with my mom as a passenger. I did receive a citation for no texas insurance (recently moved from AR) in 2008 appeared in court was given a fine and paid this fine in full. I also had and still do to date the required Texas Insurance. I am not sure why I now have another 500 plus dollar fine to the state when I was never informed that my license was suspended...forgive my ignorance but no one ever told me that I would have to pay the state of texas 260 dollars a year plus an addition 35 dollars for the years of 2010 and 2011 on top of the 380 dollars I have already paid. I just wish I had been told that there was another fee to pay..Now what to do...also the officer that made the report out on my mother;s accident in which the other driver was at fault...issued me a citation for driving with a suspended license because the other lady said I was driving...She recieved citations for no contact lens in and failure to yeild...I did not know you could get a ticket just on the hearsay of an at fault motorist. Strange laws in texas.

My name is Bianca Coronado and currently living in Oakland, California. I used to live at 1404 Taylor Avenue Pasadena, Texas 77506 is the address shown on my last Texas Driver's License #10227363. My license is suspended and I would like to know how to go about and taking care of this matter. as I plan to return to Houston, Texas. I would like to take care of this here in Oakland so by the time I get back to Houston, I would have the right to drive. Can you please inform me how to go about in getting my Texas driver license?

Thank You for your time,

Bianca Coronado

1122 98th Avenue Back

Oakland, CA 94603


Dear Blanca:

I am not an attorney but don't ever post lic or SS card info on any site.

Identity thefts are very common as you may know and posting this info, kind of opens the doors for the crooks.

Best of luck with your case.

My license was suspended in Texas for non payment of traffic fines, however, I now live in Nebraska and paid the fines online. How do I go about renewing my license in Nebraska?

you should be able to do that we are in free country

You live in a free country. But you do not know the definition of free. Not trying to be a smart-ass, promise. But the term is an entitlement to be free of self not free of charge.

The Houston office that is listed is not correct. Just an FYI

Don't mess with Texas. I wish i never did.

I was forced to mmove after hurricane Ike.. so I lived in ohio for a year I had had my license ran many times dealing with my boyfriend at the time I was in Ohio and nothing ever came up.. until I went and stayed with my sister in Arkansas..I went to leave on a trip to kansas and got pulled over in a great ol speed trap of a town called Roland in Oklahoma and handed the officer my insurance and license and he came back a while later and arrested me for driving without a license and told me it was suspended and they took my license..I called the hotline number for tickets and got what was on the hotline and called them all only for them to tell me that they have no record of my license being suspended.. So I have been paying on the fines and going on with my life while trying to get it figured out up till here a few weeks ago when I was in my husbands truck in town taking care of some business, I was following every law in the book and a cop pulls me over and tells me he's taing me in for driving on a suspended license..How do I figure out if and for how long my license was or is suspended for and how to get it back if it is?

If you were in your boyfriends truck, how in the hell did this cop know that you had a suspended license to run....what could he tail you on. There is no way he could have known your name or DL number until you were pulled over. A lawyer can help you with this I's worth a call, right?