Do you need an occupational drivers license? Has your Texas drivers license been suspended due to “no insurance” tickets, too many moving violation convictions, or as the result of a DWI, DWLI (driving while license invalid) or DWLS (driving while license suspended)? Perhaps you’ve been deemed an habitual violator by the Texas Department of Public Safety, or received a notice of suspension. If so, we can help. An occupational drivers license will allow you to
drive to work, school, buy groceries, etc., during the time that your drivers license is suspended.
In Texas, occupational licenses are governed by the following statute:
Texas Transportation Code Section 521.242. PETITION. (a) A person whose license has been suspended for a cause other than a physical or mental disability or impairment or a conviction under Section 49.04, Penal Code, may apply for an occupational license by filing a verified petition with the clerk of the county court or district court with jurisdiction in the county in which:
(1) the person resides; or
(2) the offense occurred for which the license was suspended.
(b) A person may apply for an occupational license by filing a verified petition only with the clerk of the county court or district court in which the person was convicted if:
(1) the person’s license has been automatically suspended or canceled under this chapter for a conviction of an offense under the laws of this state; and
(2) the person has not been issued, in the 10 years preceding the date of the filing of the petition, more than one occupational license after a conviction under the laws of this state.
(c) A petition filed under this section must set forth in detail the person’s essential need.
(d) A petition filed under Subsection (b) must state that the petitioner was convicted in that court for an offense under the laws of this state.
(e) The clerk of the court shall file the petition as in any other civil matter.
(f) A court may not grant an occupational license for the operation of a commercial motor vehicle to which Chapter 522 applies.