Occupational License

If your Drivers License is suspended and you need to legally drive to and from your place of employment and to take care of your basic household, you may be eligible for an Occupational Drivers License.

The State of Texas allows for its residents who have a Suspended Drivers License to Petition certain Courts for permission to legally drive on Texas roads with an Occupational Drivers License. Whether your Drivers License is suspended as a result of outstanding Surcharges, Omnibase Holds, ALR suspensions or other Penal Code or Alcoholic Beverage Code convictions, our experienced Attorney’s may be able to assist you in obtaining an Occupational Drivers License.

How do I know if I am eligible for an Occupational Drivers License?

In theory, if you have, at any time, had a valid Texas Drivers License, you can petition a Justice Court or County Court at Law in your County to obtain an Occupational Drivers License. If your Drivers License Suspension is due to a Penal Code or Alcoholic Beverage Code convictions, you must file your Petition for Occupational Drivers License in the Court where your Drivers License Suspension originated.

What do I have to show the Court to get an Occupational Drivers License?

When you file a Verified Petition for Occupational Drivers License, you have to show the Court that you are a resident of the County where you file the Petition or have a suspension resulting from a plea in that particular Court.  Additionally, you have to show the Court that your Drivers License is suspended and that you have an essential need to drive in the course of your employment and/or to take care of your basic household needs. These essential elements will be plead in the Petition and should be supported by a sworn affidavit from the individual filing the Petition for Occupational Drivers License.

What else do I need to apply for an Occupational Drivers License?

You may find that different Courts have different requirements as far as supporting documents to file along with your Petition for Occupational Drivers License. As required by the code, you will be required to provide proof of SR-22 insurance and some Courts will require that you provide a certified copy of your Driving Record.

What else should I expect when applying for an Occupational Drivers License?

It is important to know that acquiring an Occupational Drivers License doesn’t restore all driving privileges. In fact, you will have certain conditions and restrictions placed on you depending on the reason for your suspension. With an Occupational Drivers License you will be permitted to drive within a twelve-hour period and this twelve-hour period can be a set twelve-hour schedule or, if the Court approves it, you can keep a logbook showing where you travel and the times that you travel. With the logbook, you will have to keep detailed records and will have to show law enforcement if you are pulled over. Other conditions might include not drinking alcohol before driving, not receiving any traffic convictions, a requirement to comply with a breathe or blood test for the detection of alcohol or drugs and, if your Drivers License is suspended from a DWI plea, the requirement to keep a deep lung device in your vehicle.

If your Drivers License is suspended and you have the need to legally drive on Texas roads, call the Attorneys at Davidson Law to find out how we can help you obtain an Occupational Drivers License.