Occupational License Attorney

Occupational License in Austin, Travis County

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WHAT IS AN OCCUPATIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE?

An Occupational License allows a person to legally drive in Texas over and during a suspension of driver's license, under restricted temporary conditions. When your license is suspended, whether from traffic tickets, surcharges, insurance lapses, or DWI, you may be eligible for a Texas Occupational License. (Not valid for commercial licenses).

WHERE CAN I DRIVE ON AN OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE?

An Occupational Driver's License allows you to drive during restricted hours (up to a maximum of 12 per day):

  • to go to work and for your employment;
  • for your educational needs, such as to and from school; and,
  • to carry out essential household duties such as grocery shopping, medical appointments, banks, Laundromats, and child care;
  • for probation/parole meetings, or court settings on pending matters.

HOW CAN I GET AN OCCUPATIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE??

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WHAT'S THE PROCESS TO GET AN OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE?

Once you've retained our office, we prepare the materials for the court to sign. While you don't need to come to court, you do need to obtain the necessary documentation (some listed above). The Petition and Order is then filed with the Clerk's Office. That Order is valid to drive on for 30 days, during which paperwork is forwarded to the Texas DPS Office. Within 30 days (assuming timely filing with DPS), you'll receive your Occupational Driver's License, valid for up to two years from the date of the Order.

WHAT IF I OWE SURCHARGES OR HAVE TICKETS/WARRANTS?

You can still drive legally on an Occupational License, even if you have unpaid tickets, traffic warrants, or owe surcharges. Those issues will need to be addressed before you can get your regular Driver's License reinstated, but you can take advantage of an Occupational License in the meantime. However, some issues such as convictions on serious driving offenses, accident holds, or unpaid child support may make you ineligible. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR AN OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE? We estimate about a week, which includes the time it takes to write the petition, have it notarized, obtain SR22 insurance, and setup the Court date.

WHAT WILL I NEED?

  • Petition and Order drafted by our Office (Attorney Fees);
  • SR22 Insurance (Even if you never had a DWI);
  • Filing Fees of ~$290 (paid to the County Clerk's Office);
There are a couple additional minor requirements, mainly paperwork that we can discuss over the phone, which can include:
  • 3 year Driving Record;
  • Employer Letter;
  • SR-37 Form (we supply);
  • Filing Fees of ~$250 (paid to the County Clerk's Office);
  • DPS Reinstatement Fees Paid;
  • $10 per year Occupational License Fee;
  • Ignition Interlock Device if license is suspended due to DWI.
  • HOW TO GET STARTED! Call Us at 512-761-5297 to get started, or email us.

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