Can I Still Drive After a DWI Arrest in Texas?
If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas, your driver’s license will automatically be suspended, whether you fail a post-arrest chemical test or refuse to take the test. Failing the breath or blood test will result in a 90-day administrative license revocation (ALR) period, while license suspension for refusing the chemical test will last for up to 180 days.
Without your driving privileges, you have the alter the way you travel to work, school, or important appointments. You run the risk of being constantly being late or absent, which can result in adverse actions such as termination, suspension, or expulsion.
Fortunately, you have the right to obtain a “occupational license” in Texas, so long as you haven’t received one in the last ten (10) years. This restricted license allows you to commute to and from your job or classes, as well as drive to carry out important household tasks, such as grocery shopping, generally for up to one (1) year.
You can request an occupational license through your local or county court. If the court finds cause to grant you such a license, an order will be issued, so you can take it to the Texas Department of Public Safety for license issuance.
The following are the documents you need to submit to the DPS in order to obtain an occupational license in Texas:
- A certified copy of the petition
- A signed and stamped court order
- An SR-22 from your insurer
- A check or money order for any owed reinstatement fees
- An occupational license fee
- Proof of your need to obtain an occupational license for work, school, or household purposes
Additionally, a judge may also include certain restrictions, such as installation of an interlock ignition device (IID), attendance at an alcohol or drug counseling program, community service, as well as limits on where you can drive and how long can you drive.