If you have a suspended driver’s license in Texas, you’ll have to satisfy certain requirements and pay the necessary fees in order to have it reinstated. We’ve included basic information and reinstate suspended license tips for Texas residents.
Reasons for a Suspended License
There are several reasons why the Public Safety Department, also referred to as DPS, may restrict your driving privileges:
- You did not have car insurance when you were involved in an accident that resulted in death, injury or over $1,000 in property damage.
- You’re evaluated and it’s determined that you’re not medically able to drive.
- You committed several traffic violations.
- You were boating or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
What Happens When a License is Suspended
When your Texas driver’s license is suspended, you’ll get an enforcement notification in the mail from the DPS. If you haven’t updated your address with the DPS and you don’t receive the notification, your driver’s license is still suspended. It’s important that you file your change of address with the DPS, and that you follow the necessary steps to reinstate your license even if you didn’t receive the notice.
The length of the suspension is based on the reason for suspension. For example, if the license is suspended because you have a DWI, the suspension can last for up to two years if you’re 21 years old or older, or one year if you’re under 21 years old. If you’re under 21 years old, you may have to wait another 180 days if you fail to complete an Alcohol Education Period, or an extra 90 days if you’ve been told to get a device that locks your ignition and you are required to do community service.
Hearings and Appeals for Your Suspension
While this varies based on your specific suspension, it’s possible to appeal or have a hearing in order to contest the suspension. If your license is being suspended due to the Administrative License Revocation, you’ll be able to ask for a hearing, which will be held before your license is officially suspended. Note that you may be required to pay a fee for an appeal or hearing.
Waiting Out the Suspension Period
Sometimes an appeal or hearing doesn’t go through or it doesn’t succeed in reinstating your license. When you have a suspended license, you’ll have to wait until the suspension period is over. Then, you’ll have to complete a number of requirements and pay the required fees, which should fully reinstate your license.
While requirements and fees will change based on why the license has been suspended, you’ll likely need to provide the following information in order to have your license reinstated:
- Payment to reinstate the license
- The last four numbers of your SSN
- Your birth date
- Your Texas driver’s license number
Regarding payment, the DPS will accept major credit cards. If you owe court fees, you’ll need to pay that directly to the court. If you have an Administrative License Revocation, the reinstatement fee is $125. Note that if you’ve made a recent payment to the DPS, you’re required to wait for three days before you can pay the reinstatement fees online. You also have the option to send a check via mail, along with the necessary documents.