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Reinstating a Suspended Driver License in Texas

A drivers license suspension in Texas means that motorists lose driving privileges temporarily based on traffic violations or other circumstances. Drivers charged with driving while intoxicated can lose their driving privileges for months or years, among other consequences. Motorists may receive drivers license suspension for a medical condition that impairs driving. Drivers license reinstatement can include fees, mandatory traffic school or medical reviews, depending on the nature of the suspension. Drivers who wish to learn more about reinstatement requirements can review the sections below.

Reasons for a Drivers License Suspension

  • You have accumulated too many points on your record.
  • You are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • You have failed to pay child support.
  • You have failed to maintain your car insurance.
  • You are a habitual offender.

In special situations, you may be eligible to request a hearing to contest your revoked drivers license. Bear in mind that you must allow up to 120 days in order for a hearing to be scheduled.

Occupational Licenses

The state of Texas issues what is called occupational licenses to those individuals who are deemed eligible to drive to/from work, to/from school or to/from main household duties. Only the Justice of the Peace, county or district court can determine who qualifies for an occupational license. Individuals who are approved for an occupational license will be required to pay any necessary fees ahead of time.

Reinstating your Drivers License

Once you have completed your suspension period and all the requirements stated in your notice, you will then be ready to start the process of reinstating suspended drivers licenses.  If you do not owe any types of fees, then you can request to have your license reinstated in one of three ways: by mail, fax or email.

  • By fax – Send a copy of your suspension notice to 512-424-2848.
  • By email – Send a copy of your suspension notice to improvement@dps.texas.gov.
  • By mailing address – Send a copy of your suspension notice to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Enforcement and Compliance Service, P.O. Box 4087, Austin, TX 78773-0320.

In the event that you do have set fees to pay but you are unable to submit payment online, you can send all the proper documentation to the address below:

Texas Department of Public Safety Central Cash Receiving Austin, TX 787681-5999

In order to find out whether or not you are eligible to submit reinstatement fees online, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website. Once there, you will also be able to check your current driving eligibility status.

Take note that if sending your items via email, only documents in PDF format will be accepted. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth and drivers license number on all the items you submit. Allow up to 14 days for the Texas Department of Public Safety to process your request.