What Is a Texas Occupational License?

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As Texas attorneys who handle traffic tickets, we are frequently asked about Texas Occupational Licenses. Sometimes people refer to these types of licenses as an “ODL”, an “essential need license”, a “hardship license” or “temporary license”.

What is an Occupational License?

An ODL is a special type of restricted license issued to individuals whose driver’s license has been suspended, revoked or denied for certain offenses (such as unpaid traffic tickets, speeding tickets, or surcharges). An occupational license authorizes the operation of a non-commercial motor vehicle in connection with an individual’s work, school related activities, or performance of household duties.

What Do I Need To Get an Occupational License?

In order to get an ODL, you must file a petition or request with a court that sets out why you need this special license. In this ODL request, you must also show proof of:

  1. Valid Insurance Card (showing effective and expiration date);
  2. Ignition interlock language, if required;
  3. A Log Paragraph that outlines why you need an ODL and how you will track your drive time; and
  4. Age and contact information.

Issuance of Occupational License

If the Court approves your request for an essential needs license, the court order must be submitted to the Texas Department of Public Safety before an occupational license will be issued. The Court Order can be used as a driver license for 45 days while waiting on the DPS to process the request.

DPS requires that a person receiving an ODL must submit a certified copy of the petition and certified copy of the court order, a financial responsibility insurance certificate (SR-22), and payment of the occupational license fees and any resinstatement fees.

Note: This blog post is for informational purposes only. No legal advice is intended by this blog post. For specific legal issues, please contact a licensed attorney to discuss your legal matter.

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