Occupational Driver's License

Occupational Driver’s License in Texas

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If you have been charged with or convicted of DWI, receive a certain number of traffic ticket convictions, or are deemed a habitual violator by the Texas Department of Public Safety, your driver’s license may be suspended. Convictions for DWLS (driving with a suspended license) or DWLI (driving while license invalid) can also lead to your license being suspended for an additional period of time. Driving with a suspended license is a crime in Texas, which is punishable by jail time. An occupational license allows you to continue driving while avoiding the possibility of arrest.

Berlof & Newton, P.C. offers dedicated legal guidance in obtaining an occupational driver’s license. With over four decades of combined experience, our attorneys in Dallas have been helping countless individuals like you whose driver’s license were suspended. Let us help you understand the requirements and the steps you need to take to restore your driving privileges.

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What Can You Expect from an Occupational License?

An occupational license is a restricted driver’s license which can be obtained if an individual’s regular driving privileges have been suspended. License holders are only allowed to drive for limited purposes, at specific times of the day, and to and from certain locations.

In Texas, an occupational license holder can only drive for an “essential need.” In other words, he or she is, in most cases, allowed to drive lawfully to the following:

  • Work
  • School
  • To obtain groceries, medicines, etc., as long as the purpose is thought to be “necessities”

Typically, an occupational license also limits the ability of its holder in that he or she can only drive 12 hours per day. However, the holder is usually allowed to select the hours he or she wishes to drive, and the hours need not be consecutive.

For example, if you drive to work from 9 to 10 a.m., to lunch between noon and 1 p.m., and back home from 5 to 6 p.m., the law allows our Dallas County occupational license attorneys to ask the court to order that only these three hours count against the 12 hours you are allowed to drive per day. Under this example, you would still have 9 hours remaining per day during which you could drive. Finally, an occupational license holder can only drive in his or her county of residence and those adjacent to it. If you live in Dallas County, your occupational license lawyer can petition the court to allow you to drive in the surrounding areas of Collin, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Tarrant, and Denton Counties.

Our Firm Is Ready to Help

The statutory authority for petitioning a Texas court for an occupational driver’s license is, in part, set forth in the Texas Transportation Code, Section 521.242. Berlof & Newton, P.C. is well-versed in these statutes including eligibility requirements, the necessary procedures, and updates in recent years. Allow us to use our vast knowledge on your behalf.

Give us a call at (214) 494-8990 and schedule a free consultation with our Dallas occupational driver’s licensed attorney today.

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