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What Steps Do I Follow to Get My License Back After a DWI?

 Posted on April 04, 2022 in Uncategorized


Getting your life back to normal after a driver’s license suspension for driving while intoxicated can be a daunting process. If it was your first DWI or you have received multiple DWIs in the past, the Texas Secretary of State has specific requirements that you must satisfy to get your driver’s license back. Having a knowledgeable attorney to guide you through the process can be instrumental in restoring your driving privileges. 

Once your suspension has ended, here are the steps to follow to have your driver’s license reinstated:

  • Pay a reinstatement fee – This fee must be paid along with any other expenses you were assessed due to the DWI charge.
  • Get a Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate – This certificate, also known as an SR-22, is required to prove that you have insurance since you may now be considered a high-risk driver.
  • Complete Other Requirements – As part of your DWI, you may have been required to attend alcohol or drug counseling programs. You must show proof that these have been completed.

Once you have provided the state with the required documentation, it may take 21 days or more before your license is restored. If your license was suspended for reasons other than DWI, including non-payment of child support or accumulation of traffic tickets, you need to make sure all outstanding payments or tickets are paid in full before your license can be restored. 

In some instances, it is possible to get what is called an Occupational License. This temporary license will allow you to drive on a limited basis during a suspension for essential daily purposes, including going to school or work, picking up groceries, or getting your kids to school. You must apply for this special license through a court, either in your home county or the county where your DWI occurred. Individuals convicted of DWI are required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle to qualify for an Occupational License. The Dameron Law Firm can help you through the occupational license process.

Contact a Tarrant County Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer

At The Dameron Law Firm, we know how important being able to drive in the state of Texas can be. Keeping your job and maintaining your family life more often than not requires a valid driver’s license. If you have lost your license due to a DWI or any other reason, let us help you through the reinstatement process and help you return some normalcy to your life. Contact a Fort Worth license reinstatement attorney online or call 817-222-0624 today for your free consultation.


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