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If your driver’s license was suspended or revoked because of a DWI or another traffic offense in Texas, you may still be given limited driving privileges if you obtain an occupational driver’s license (ODL). This type of license allows you to commute to and from work or school and perform essential household tasks. However, the process to get a court order can take weeks to complete, which is why it is wise to hire an experienced lawyer to help you get back on the road.

At The Law Office of Rene A. Flores, not only do we provide experienced and effective legal representation throughout the criminal justice process, but we also help clients get an occupational driver’s license to help them perform necessary duties to support themselves and their families. We can thoroughly review your form prior to filing them with the court.

To discuss your case with our legal team, call us today at (956) 606-3606

How to Get an Occupational License in Texas

An ODL is a restricted license that allows you to drive during specific times and days and under certain conditions when there is an “essential need” to operate a vehicle.

As we briefly mentioned before, an essential need to drive means the following:


Attending classes

Performing essential household tasks

However, if your driver’s license was suspended or revoked due to a mental/physical disability, failure to pay child support, a violation while performing commercial work, or a judge’s decision, you may not obtain an ODL. Additionally, you cannot get one if you earned two ODLs in the past 10 years post-conviction or you are serving a “hard suspension.”

Here are the instructions to obtain an occupational license:

Visit www.texas.gov/driver to see if you are eligible for an ODL or reinstatement of your license.

You must get two court forms: The Petition for Occupational Driver’s License and the Order for Occupational Driver’s License. The former asks the court to issue an order, while the later orders the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to issue you an ODL. You also need other documents, which include fees.

File your forms with the court clerk.

Attend a court hearing to ask the judge to sign the order.

If the judge signs, send the paperwork and fees to DPS immediately.

Let Us Help You Get Your Driving Privileges Back

Our legal team knows how difficult life can be without your driver’s license, which is why we are dedicated to helping you get back on the road as quickly as possible. Do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation to learn about your available legal options.

Contact us today for more information about our experienced and knowledgeable legal services. 


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