How To Obtain An Occupational License In Bexar County, Texas.
Arrested for DWI in Bexar County, Texas? Does DPS want to administratively suspend your license because of this arrest? Do you want to contest the suspension? If so, then you will need to request an ALR hearing. The ALR hearing is where DPS asks a judge to suspend your license because of the DWI arrest. More importantly, if you want to fight your DWI case, then you should request an ALR hearing. Because even if you lose the ALR hearing, it may help you obtain a NOT GUILTY verdict at your criminal DWI trial.
But what happens if you lose the ALR hearing? Unfortunately, that means DPS will suspend your driver’s license. This creates more headaches. Without a valid driver’s license, you cannot drive to work. You also cannot take your kids to school or perform essential tasks. So the next question becomes–How do you drive legally while your license is suspended? The short answer is you need an Occupational License. This is also known as an “essential needs” license.
How Do You Get An Occupational (Essential Needs) License In Bexar County, Texas after a DWI Arrest?
The easiest way is to hire an attorney. However, many people file their own paperwork to get an occupational license after a DWI arrest. This saves the person money, which is always an important factor to consider. But, if the paperwork is incorrect, then this could result in a delay or denial of your petition for this license.
Regardless, if you represent yourself, then below are the steps to take to obtain an occupational license. The trick to this process is to get your paperwork ready before you file your petition. Finally, a word of caution. This post is not intended as legal advice. If you represent yourself, you will need to meet all the legal requirements and file your paperwork correctly.
DIY Checklist to obtain an Occupational License after a DWI arrest in Bexar County, Texas:
- Obtain proof of auto insurance.
Texas law requires all drivers to have insurance.
- Obtain a Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate (SR-22);
If the judge approves your request for an occupational license, you will need to mail proof of SR-22 insurance to DPS.
- Obtain a certified copy of your driving record;
You can request a record from DPS.
- Pay reinstatement and occupational license fees to DPS;
Click here to check on the reinstatement fees.
- Pay Bexar County filing fee;
Fee will depend on whether you file it with the County Court, District Court, or JP Court.
- File a verified Petition for an Occupational Driver’s License;
Click this link for a sample petition. Also, DPS links to the Travis County Government Library with other sample petitions you can use. Make sure the petition is correctly filled out. And you need to have it notarized.
Caution: Some people are not eligible for an occupational license. Make sure you are eligible for an occupational driver’s license before you file.
- Next, present your verified petition and proposed order to a judge and obtain a signature approving your occupational license;
You will need to set your case for a hearing and then appear in court. The judge will either approve or deny your request for an essential needs license. If approved, then see step 8 below.
- Finally, Mail the documents to DPS.
DPS has the list of the documents you must send. Further, some courts will send the documents to DPS for you. But you must prepare all the paperwork discussed above and make sure it is correct. Once you complete this last step, then send certified copies of the court’s order to the address below.
DPS Mailing Address:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Enforcement and Compliance Service
P.O. Box 15999
Austin, Texas 78761-5999
San Antonio DWI Defense Attorney
This process can be overwhelming and intimidating to go through alone. If you have recently been arrested for a DWI and want to hire an attorney, then feel free to call me for a free consultation. If you hire me as your DWI attorney, then I will prepare and file your petition for an occupational license as a complimentary service.