Texas Occupational License


Texas Occupational License

Are you required to obtain a Texas occupational license due to a suspended driver license in Texas? You MAY NOT need the help of an attorney.

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Before contacting an attorney, call the county or district court, or Justice of the Peace in your precinct to find out if you can file the petition on your own.  They will inform you whether you need an attorney or not.

Travis County Justice of the Peace
Williamson County Justice of the Peace

Steps to follow:
1. You will be required to purchase SR22 insurance and provide a copy of the certificate to the court. This form certifies to DPS that you have liability insurance. Get an SR22 Insurance quote here.

2. Present your petition to the court, asking them to grant you an occupational license.

3. A court order will be issued if your request is granted.  A court order is only the order which authorizes the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to issue the occupational license.

Once the court grants you permission you can legally drive for 30 days, while you are applying for an official occupational license from the DPS.

4. Contact the DPS – you can find information online at www.dps.texas.gov

Waiting Periods

An occupational license is issued when the request is processed unless one of the following applies:

  1. The individual’s driver license was previously suspended as a result of a drug- or alcohol-related offense.  (Then there is a 90 day waiting period.)
  2. The driver license was in suspension as a result of an intoxication-related conviction. (Then there is a 180 day waiting period.)
  3. If there are at least two administrative license revocations on the driver’s record then a mandatory 1 year waiting period applies.

 

What can you do with an Occupational License?

This “restricted” occupational license allows you to legally drive to fulfill your  school and work obligations and to perform essential household duties.

Helpful Hints:
SR22 filings may raise your rates or even cancel your existing insurance policy. The high-risk surcharges will be applied to all drivers and vehicles on the policy.

 Austin Insurance Group specializes in providing SR22 insurance.

WARNING: If you have an existing insurance policy, many attorney’s will tell you to buy an additional operators/nonowner’s policy to avoid being cancelled.  

HOWEVER, if you own a vehicle, you are not eligible for a non-owner’s policy.  And if you take their advice and have two policies in force, in the event of an accident or claim,  you might not have coverage you think you have.

Austin Insurance Group provides Texas SR22 filings for all counties requiring Texas Occupational Licenses.  Contact one of our local agents in Austin, Pflugerville or Cedar Park or purchase online.  If you need an SR22 filed out of state, we can provide nationwide filings.  Local agent since 1994.