The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC, we understand how difficult it can be to conduct day-to-day activities
without the use of your vehicle. Fortunately, whether you received an
administrative license suspension for failing to pass a BAC test or a
license suspension for a
DWI conviction, you may be eligible to still be eligible to get your driving
privileges back by applying for an occupational driver’s license (ODL).
An ODL is a restricted driver’s license issued to individuals whose
licenses have been suspended or revoked for refusal to submit to testing,
failure to pass a BAC test, or a conviction for DWI. It authorizes the
person who has had his or her license suspended or revoked to operate
a noncommercial motor vehicle to go to work, attend school, or to conduct
other essential household duties.
A person is able to obtain an ODL if he or she has demonstrated an “essential
need.” In Texas, an essential need is defined as the individual’s
need to operate a motor vehicle to perform their job, for transportation
to and from the workplace, for the transportation to and from school,
or to important household duties – such as religious services or
The following are the specific items you need must submit to the Department
of Public Safety (DPS) in order to receive an occupational license:
- A certified copy of the petition for an ODL
- A certified copy of the court order granting the ODL
- An SR-22 certificate of insurance
- The occupational license fee
- Any other required reinstatement fees
A person who has received an ODL is not allowed to operate a motor vehicle
more than four hours in any 24-hour period. However, if it is shown that
the time is necessary, the court may extend the period to 12 hours in
a 24-hour period.
If you are interested in getting your driving privileges back after a DWI
conviction in Texas,
contact us and request a
free case evaluation today.