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Occupational Drivers License

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An occupational driver’s license is a special restricted license that lets you drive a non-commercial vehicle for work, school or to perform essential household duties. To get an occupational driver’s license you must first get a court order that authorizes the Department of Public Safety to issue the license. Here at Zariah A'londra Tax & Legal Services, we provide the necessary forms needed to complete your quest to drive again. We can also arrange for you to speak to an attorney to complete this task if necessary for a low cost.

You cannot get an ODL if:

  • You lost your driving privileges because of a mental or physical disability.
  • You lost your driving privileges for failure to pay child support.
  • You need it to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
  • The judge thinks you do not have an essential need.
  • The judge is worried about public safety.
  • You have received two ODLs in the past 10 years after a conviction.
  • You have a “hard suspension” waiting period due to a prior DWI arrest or conviction.

Do you owe a surcharge? Was your license suspended for failure to pay a surcharge?

You may qualify for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver Responsibility Indigency Program. Under this program, if you have a very low income and meet other requirements DPS can 

  • Reduce any surcharge amount you owe and 
  •  Let you keep driving while you make payments on the surcharge amount

Can I drive after the Judge signs the Order?

You may use a certified copy of the Order for ODL to drive for 45 days once the order takes effect. Read your Order to learn when it takes effect. If you don’t receive your actual ODL from DPS before the 45th day you can’t drive until you either receive the ODL or go back to court to get an Amended Order for ODL that extends the deadline.

How do I get a Certified Abstract (Type AR) of my driving record?

WARNING!!!: To get your certified Abstract online, you MUST verify that ALL of your DPS records (DL, ID, or unlicensed record) have been CONSOLIDATED or you risk purchasing incomplete information and may need to purchase additional records.

If you have determined that your records are consolidated, you may purchase your driving record online, with a credit card and print it out. The online cost is $22. You will need to enter your driver’s license number and license audit number from your most recent DL (or ID, if your records are CONSOLIDATED) and the last four digits of your social security number at

To get a Certified Abstract by mail, print the DR-1 form called “Request for a Certified Abstract of a Driver Record” from

Mail the completed form and a $20 check or money order to Texas DPS. This form does not require the audit number or your social security number.

Waiting Periods— Why wouldn’t an Order take effect as soon as the Judge signs it?

An Order for ODL will take effect as soon as a judge signs it UNLESS one of the following waiting periods (also called “hard suspension”) applies.

If your license was suspended for refusing or failing a blood or breath test when arrested for DWI or other alcohol or drug-related driving or boating offense, the order for ODL cannot take effect for:
  • 90 days after your license was suspended — if during the 5 years before your arrest your license was suspended because of an alcohol or drug-related arrest.
  • 180 days after your license was suspended — if during the 5 years before your arrest your license was suspended because of a DWI, Intoxication Assault, or Manslaughter conviction.
  • 365 days after your license was suspended — if during the 5 years before your arrest your license was suspended because of a second (or more) DWI, Intoxication Assault, or Manslaughter conviction.

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