Occupational License

If your drivers license has been suspended due to too many tickets, lack of proof of insurance, DWI or any other reasons and you need to be able to drive so you can get to your job is there anything you can do so that you can drive to work legally and keep your job?

Yes. In Texas you will need to apply to a Court to get an Occupational license. An Occupational license, also called an essential needs license, is a special type of restricted license issued to individuals whose driver’s license has been suspended, revoked or denied for certain offenses other than medical or delinquent child support. An Occupational license authorizes the operation of a non-commercial vehicle in connection with a person’s:

  1. Work;
  2. School-related activities; or
  3. Performance of essential household duties.

As seen here, if you are a housewife and don’t have an outside job you still qualify to apply for an Occupational license. Mothers and others who run a household have numerous important tasks that require that they be able to drive to complete their jobs.

You need to apply for an Occupational license to the proper Court in the County where you live or the County where the offense occurred. A Court Order is not an Occupational license but is the only Order which Authorizes the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to issue the Occupational license. You then must send the Order and several other required items to the DPS for processing. Once that is completed your driver status will change from ineligible to eligible on the License Eligibility Website.

I recommend you contact us to explain the process further and to help you through the Occupational License process. My office has helped many people obtain an Occupational license so they can resume driving legally.

DON’T try to drive without a license. It will only compound your problems. Call us today and let us start the process so you can begin driving legally again as soon as possible!