What is an occupational license?
An occupational license is a special restricted license issued to persons whose license has been suspended or revoked for certain offenses (other than medical reasons or delinquent child support). An occupational license authorizes the operation of a non-commercial motor vehicle in connection with a person's occupation, for educational purposes or in the performance of essential household duties. Requests for such licenses are made to the county or district court in the county of the licensee's residence or to the court of original jurisdiction where the offense occurred. The authority relevant to these proceedings can be found in Section 521.242 of the Texas Transportation Code, and Section 37 Texas Administrative Code 15.7.
What are the steps to obtain an ODL?
►Purchase SR-22 insurance
►Determine length of suspension/any applicable waiting periods
►Gather applicable filing fees paid to the court (varies with each county and/or court)
►Get judge to approve ODL
►Petition/Order (good for 30 days)
►Send Petition/Order to DPS
Is the court order the occupational license?
No, this is the order granting the occupational license. The court order and all other required items need to be submitted to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) so an occupational license can be issued. The court order may be used as a license for 30 days from the date of the signature on the order from the judge or magistrate while DPS processes the occupational license.
Where can I find out more about obtaining a "Occupational Driving License?"
You can read HERE for more information about obtaining an ODL. The "ODL" really is an "essential needs" license, and allows for those who have a suspended license, provided they are eligible, to drive for any "essential need."
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