Occupational Driver License

An Occupational Driver License (hereinafter “ODL”) is a special license issued by the State of Texas that allows you to drive while your regular license is under suspension. You will be required to prove to the Court that you have a specific need to have an ODL, but if your petition is granted, then an ODL may be issued to you so that you have the ability to drive to meet your everyday needs such as attending work, going to doctor appointments and picking up your children.

There are restrictions placed on an ODL. First, you cannot operate a commercial motor vehicle, and secondly, you only have a twelve-hour window each day to drive.

You will be required to submit the following items to the court when you file your petition for an ODL:

  • Complete Petition for Occupational License
  • Certified copy of your driving record (available online)
  • SR-22 (proof you have a valid Texas liability insurance policy)
  • Employer letter to verify your work schedule and days of work each week.
  • Proof that your license is actually suspended (DPS suspension letter or printout from DPS license eligibility website: https://txapps.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/dleligibility/login.do
  • Copy of your driver license or identification card
  • $54 filing fee
  • Cashier’s check or money order made payable to Texas Department of Public Safety ($10 for a one year ODL or $20 for a two year ODL)
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