How to Reinstate a Suspended License in Texasby Mary Jane Freeman
When your license is suspended in Texas, your driving privileges are taken away and you cannot legally drive in the state. To resume driving, you must ask the state to reinstate your license by submitting required paperwork and fees to the Department of Public Safety once your suspension is over.
Suspension and Notification
In Texas, your license can be suspended for a variety of reasons. Common ones include having five or more traffic violations within one year or seven or more within two years, driving without insurance, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have a restriction or endorsement on your license and violate it at least two times, your license also can be suspended. The Department of Public Safety will send you written notice of the suspension to the address it has on file for you.
To reinstate your license once your suspension period expires, send a copy of your suspension notice and compliance documents to Texas Department of Public Safety, Enforcement and Compliance Service, P.O. Box 4087, Austin, TX 78773-0320. You can also send them as a PDF document either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (512) 424-2848. Include your name, driver's license number and birthdate on each page. Compliance documents confirm your eligibility for a driver's license. For example, if your license was suspended for not carrying car insurance, you may be required to submit an SR-22 -- a financial responsibility insurance certificate -- as a condition of reinstatement. You can access your compliance documents online using DPS's License Eligibility system. Provide your driver's license or identification number, last four digits of your Social Security number and birthdate.
If fees are also required as a condition of reinstatement, you can pay them online using the License Eligibility system. If you're unable to pay your fees electronically, you must instead mail the fee, along with compliance documents and suspension notice, to Texas Department of Public Safety, Central Cash Receiving, P.O. Box 15999, Austin, TX 78761-5999.
If you can't wait out the suspension period, you can apply for an occupational license. This type of license gives you limited driving privileges, permitting you to legally drive to and from work or school and carry out routine household duties. Apply for an occupational license with either a Justice of the Peace or district or county court in your county or where your license was suspended. If approved, you'll be granted a court order authorizing DPS to issue you an occupational license.
- Texas Department of Public Safety: Traffic Offenses
- Drive Safely: License Suspension in Texas
- Texas Department of Public Safety: Notification of Enforcement Action
- Texas Department of Public Safety: Reinstating a Driver License
- Texas Department of Public Safety: Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate (SR-22)
- State of Texas: License Eligibility
- State of Texas: License Eligibility - Frequently Asked Questions - Compliance Requirements
- Texas Department of Public Safety: Occupational License