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Suspended Drivers License: Now What

What Leads to a Suspended License?

  • For alcohol-related charges, your license can be suspended anywhere from 90 days to two years for failing or refusing a blood test or breathalyzer test.

    • If you’re under 21, your license will be automatically suspended for one year.

  • Drug offenses can result in an automatic suspension for 180 days.

  • Your license can get suspended if you have enough traffic violations, too. If you receive four or more traffic violations in a year, or seven or more in two years, your license can get suspended.

  • Other offenses like driving without liability insurance. not paying traffic citations, and delinquent child support can result in a suspended license.

How Do I Find Out if My License is Suspended?

Most often, the Texas Department of Public Safety will send you a letter informing you if your license has been suspended. Make sure that they have your updated address so you don’t miss any important correspondence from them. You can also find out yourself by purchasing a report from a third-party vendor, or fill out an Application for Copy of Driver Record online and send it to the DPS, which costs a nominal fee.

What is an Occupational License?

An occupational license can be applied for when your drivers license has been suspended. It is a temporary license that allows you to operate a motor vehicle for work, school or for carrying out essential household duties. You can request one from your local county court or from the county jurisdiction that suspended your license.

How Do I Reinstate my License?

Sometimes you can pay a reinstatement fee to get your license back, but other times you cannot. Each case is different for license reinstatement, so you may be best served by consulting with a lawyer who knows how to navigate the system. If you’re facing a suspended license, contact Austin’s suspended license attorneys at Carroll Troberman, PLLC today for a free consultation.