Texas License Suspension

Texas license suspension

The Texas Department of Public Safety wants to keep the roads as safe as possible. Part of these efforts is to remove “unfit drivers” before someone gets hurt. Unfortunately, if you live in a commuter city like Houston, TX, you need a car. 

There are several reasons the state might suspend someone’s license. For example, someone’s physical or mental health might deteriorate to the point they cannot operate a vehicle safely. However, it is far more common to lose your license due to a moving violation or arrest, such as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Then, it’s in the hands of law enforcement and the courts whether they suspend or revoke your license – and for how long. 

How Do I Find Out If My License Is Suspended?

You have a few options here. However, if the police pull you over for drunk driving, the suspension is automatic. There’s still a way to save your driver’s license with an ALR hearing, though. You just need a solid attorney on your side. 

If the TxDPS upholds the suspension, they send a notice through the mail. In the event you don’t receive this notice or want to check on the status of a suspension, you can also check online, over the phone, by email, or in person.

Checking Your Texas License Suspension Online

The DPS in Texas has an online database that allows you to see whether you have an active suspension on your license. To access your file, you need the following information:

  • Date of Birth
  • License or ID Number
  • The last four digits of your Social Security Number

Additionally, it will show the requirements for reinstatement along with any fees. 

By Phone, By Email, Or in Person

The Texas DPS also offers ways to contact the customer service department by phone or email. You can reach the department by calling (512) 424-2000. Alternatively, you can submit an inquiry to the form on this page to contact them by email. 

Finally, you can find a DPS office near you and head over there to inquire in person. However, you should be careful if you have warrants out against you

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Texas License Suspension After a Drunk Driving Arrest

If the court convicts you for a DWI, there are two license suspensions to deal with: 

  • Administrative License Revocation – an ALR hearing 
  • The legal penalty that accompanies the conviction

You have to deal with the ALR following your arrest, conviction or no. You have 15 days to save your license after your arrest. Work with an attorney to schedule a hearing and appeal your license revocation. 

Unless you win your appeal, the suspension starts on the 40th day after your arrest. 

How to Fight a Texas License Suspension 

If the police arrest you for drunk driving, you need an attorney to help you save your license. Herman Martinez is a practiced attorney with over two decades of experience helping people save their driver’s licenses. 

Our legal team can fight the criminal suspension of your license. If the suspension is in place, we can help you apply for a restricted license. However, this may require the installation of an interlock device. 

To learn more about your options, call 713.242.1455 today.