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Suspended License Information for Texas

Reinstate Suspended Drivers License in Texas

The Texas Department of Public Safety can suspend your drivers license for a variety of reasons, including:

  • If you are deemed medically unable to drive.
  • If you are caught without car insurance in an accident that involves injury, death or $1,000 in property damage.
  • If you have committed multiple traffic offenses.
  • If you operate a vehicle or boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DWI).

Each drivers license suspension in Texas will have a designated period that you must endure before you can reinstate suspended drivers license credentials. Note: Refusing to take a chemical test is also grounds for a suspended driving license in Texas. A police officer will immediately confiscate your drivers license and give you a 40-day temporary driving permit. This suspension can last up to two years, even if you are considered innocent of DUI.

Information Related to License Suspensions

Suspension Periods

The amount of time that you will hold a suspended drivers license in Texas varies based on the offense committed, such as:

  • A DUI conviction for drivers 21 and over: two-year suspension
  • A DUI conviction for drivers under 21: one-year suspension

You will receive a lengthened suspension period if you are ever caught operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked drivers license. The added time will be the same as the original duration you were required to serve (one additional full year if you had a one-year suspension).

Texas Violation Point System

Drivers who are convicted of a traffic violation will receive points on their driving record. The drivers record is a report that shows all driving history, including information on whether or not one has a suspended drivers license.
The breakdown of the point system is as follows:

  • Traffic conviction (in or out of state): Two points
  • Traffic conviction (in or out of state) that resulted in a crash: Three points

If a driver accumulates six points on their driving record, they will incur a surcharge every year for as long as they have these six or more traffic points. The charges are as follows:

  • First six points: $100
  • Each additional point: $25

If these surcharges are not paid within 105 days, the result is drivers license suspension. Points will not be assessed if the individual in question takes a defensive driving class.

Traffic School

Drivers are allowed to enroll in a traffic school once every 12 months to dismiss a traffic ticket and eliminate points from their driving record if they meet the following qualifications:

  • You do not have a CDL
  • You were not driving 95 MPH or faster
  • You plead guilty and are not contesting the ticket
  • If you were charged with speeding, you did not exceed the limit by 25 MPH or more

Drivers training covers topics such as traffic rules, safety equipment, safe driving strategies and the wrongs of operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Texas DUI attorneys are also available to help you fight charges if you are facing a conviction of driving under the influence. These attorneys can help you reduce fines, sentences and other penalties.

How to Reinstate a Suspended Drivers License

Drivers must wait out the suspension period and pay all traffic fines before they begin suspended drivers license reinstatement. These factors vary depending on the severity of the offense.
Once requirements are met, drivers can access the TX Online Eligibility webpage to see if they are eligible to receive a drivers license and pay the reinstatement fee.
You will need to provide your:

  • Drivers license number.
  • Date of birth.
  • Last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • Credit card information.
    • Reinstatement fee can be paid with VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover
    • Administrative License Revocations have a $125 reinstatement fee

Drivers who cannot pay online can submit a check along with compliance documents and SR22 certificate (from your car insurance company) using one of the following methods:

  • By fax: (512) 424-2848
  • By e-mail (only PDFs):
  • By mail (with copy of the suspension notice and the driver's name, birth date and drivers license number on all documents submitted):
Texas Department of Public Safety
Enforcement and Compliance Service
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0320 Note: Drivers must maintain SR22 insurance for a period of two years.

Medical Suspensions

Reinstating suspended drivers license credentials after a suspension from the Medical Advisory Board can only be done if a driver meets all below requirements:

  • You submit medical information
  • You are approved by the Medical Advisory Board of Texas
  • You pass a road test

DUI Suspensions

To reinstate revoked drivers license or suspended credentials after driving under the influence, a driver must:

  • Complete the 12-hour alcohol awareness course within 180 days of the conviction.
  • Enroll in the Repeat Offender's DWI Drug Education Program.

Drug-related offenses require completion of a 15-hour drug awareness program as well. Note: If suspension came with an ignition interlock device, drivers are required to pay a $10 fee for an IID restriction on their driving license.

Car Insurance Suspensions

Drivers must submit one of the following documents to reinstate a suspended drivers license that was the cause of not having car insuranceduring an accident.

Occupational Drivers Licenses

If your drivers license was suspended but you need to drive for the following reasons, you may be eligible to receive a temporary (one- to two-year) occupational license:

  • School
  • Work
  • Necessary household reasons

However, if you meet any of the following criteria, you will be considered ineligible:

  • Your drivers license was suspended for medical reasons.
  • You want to drive a CDL vehicle.
  • You had your drivers license suspended because you did not pay child support.

Follow these steps to request an occupational driving license:

  1. Petition a court in the county you were suspended in
  2. Obtain a court order 30-day temporary driving permit
  3. Visit a TX DPS office and provide the following:
  4. Certified petition and court order
  5. SR22 certificate
  6. Suspension documents
  7. Reinstatement fees
    • Driver license offices accept cash, checks, money orders and credit cards
  8. Pay $10 fee for occupational license

Drivers can also mail their request and payment (only check or money orders) to:

Department of Public Safety
Enforcement and Compliance Service
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0320. Note: Your request will be processed the moment you hand it in, unless you meet the below criteria:

  • If it was a drug or alcohol-related offense, you must wait 90 days.
  • If you have 2 or more administration license revocations on your drivers record, you have to wait one year.
  • If it was a conviction regarding intoxication, you must wait 180 days.

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Submitted by Anonymous on 5th Apr 2011

No!! - If you get caught

No!! - If you get caught driving w/o your License your asking for a whole lota problems

Submitted by Anonymous on 14th Mar 2011

can you be charged more than

can you be charged more than 1 reinstatement fee in texas. I have tried to look up the laws and can't find anything on this matter. I was told that I have 3 reinstatement fees to pay before I can get my license back. I thought you can't get your license suspended if they are already suspended.

Submitted by Anonymous on 12th Mar 2011

I have a revoked license from

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.

Submitted by methos838 (not verified) on 21st Feb 2012

TX State Law states if your

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?

Submitted by Anonymous on 9th Mar 2011

Does anyone know the address

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 10th Mar 2011

Driver Improvement

Driver Improvement Bureau

P.o. Box 15999

Austin, Tx 78761-5999

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 5th Apr 2011

Thank you. They have cashed

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 14th Apr 2011

On or after your

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 9th Apr 2011

Bellf0rd>??? You will never

Bellf0rd>??? You will never get it!

Submitted by Anonymous on 4th Mar 2011

clearly texas wants you to

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 27th Apr 2011

No not republicanism

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 28th Feb 2011

Is driving with a suspended

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 25th Feb 2011

I moved from Texas to Ohio in

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 !@#$

Submitted by Anonymous on 21st Feb 2011

Well it appears that the

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 23rd Mar 2011

I so agree I paid all my

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 5th Feb 2011

I found out my license was

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!

Submitted by Anonymous on 15th Feb 2011

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Submitted by Anonymous on 5th Feb 2011

I received a suspension of my

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 13th Feb 2011

An SR-22 can be obtained from

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 8th Feb 2011

I am fighting the same

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 3rd Feb 2011

I found out today that my

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.

Submitted by biancacoronado (not verified) on 14th Jul 2009

My name is Bianca Coronado

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


Submitted by Anonymous on 28th Jan 2011

Dear Blanca: I am not an

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.

Submitted by cbrodis (not verified) on 23rd Dec 2008

My license was suspended in

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?

Submitted by Anonymous on 20th Jan 2011

you should be able to do that

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

Submitted by methos838 (not verified) on 21st Feb 2012

You live in a 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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 15th Feb 2011

The Houston office that is

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 13th Apr 2011

Don't mess with Texas. I wish

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 23rd Apr 2011

I was forced to mmove after

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?

Submitted by methos838 (not verified) on 21st Feb 2012

If you were in your

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?

Submitted by killyourguitar (not verified) on 8th Jul 2011