How To Reinstate Your Suspended Texas Drivers License

Do you need to reinstate your suspended Texas drivers license? The reinstatement process doesn't have to be complicated, but make sure you do it in a timely manner.

Driving with a suspended Texas drivers license is a serious offense with serious consequences. A suspended license can even result in jail time if not reinstated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to reinstate your Texas license. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Reasons for a Suspended Texas Drivers License

Depending on your violation, you may have to pay a fine, provide specific documents like proof of insurance, or fulfill special requirements like drug classes. Also keep in mind that a suspension of your driving privileges could also affect your insurance policy.

Driving Under the Influence - DWI

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will result in suspension of your driving privileges for a period determined by the number of similar violations and the time between violations.  A suspension due to DWI may be as little as 90 days or as much as two years. You may also be required to complete a DWI program before your license is reinstated.

Depending on the degree of your violation, you may be able to apply for a restricted license allowing you to drive between school and work. Additional DWIs may result in further suspension.

Not Completing Traffic School
As penalty for a traffic violation, Texas drivers may be asked to complete a court-ordered traffic school course. Failure to complete a traffic course will result in a suspension of your driving privileges.

Failure to Appear on a Traffic Summons or Pay Fine

Also, if you have been issued a traffic summons or a fine, and have not appeared in court or paid the full amount, you may be issued an indefinite suspension of your Texas driver license.

Lack of Auto Insurance 

The state of Texas requires that owners of motor vehicles maintain at least a minimum level of car insurance. Failure to have adequate insurance on your vehicle may result in suspension of your driver license for up to three years.

Inadequate Vision
If your vision is poor and you do not seek some form of vision correction, your license may be suspended indefinitely. You might be able to reinstate your suspended Texas license if you are later able to prove that minimum vision standards are met.

Habitual Traffic Offender - HTO
If you receive four or more violations in 12 months or seven or more in 24 months, you will be listed as a Habitual Traffic Offender. Your license will be revoked for up to three years. Driving while your license is revoked may result in imprisonment in the county jail and further fines.

Helpful Links

Reinstate Suspended Texas License Easy Guide

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