Occupational Driver’s License
Occupational Driver’s License Lawyer in San Antonio
If your driver’s license was suspended due to a DWI or DUI, it might be possible for you to obtain an occupational driver’s license (ODL).
Occupational driver’s license, sometimes called essential need license, is a special license that will allow someone to drive to and from his or her workplace. Occupational driver’s licenses may also be used for school-related activities or for performing essential household duties, such as getting groceries or paying bills.
Obtaining an occupational driver’s license in San Antonio is rarely straightforward when you have been convicted of a DWI or DUI — I strongly urge you to work with an attorney that specializes in DWI and DUI law in Texas. The first step in obtaining an occupational driver’s license in San Antonio is to check the current status of your license: this can be done very easily at the DMV, by phone or on the Texas state website.
If you have met with an attorney and have been deemed eligible to apply for an occupational driver’s license in San Antonio, a request will be sent to the Justice of the Peace, county or district court where you live, or the court of original jurisdiction to where your license was suspended or revoked.
The Texas Attorney Generals office may send a prosecutor to fight against you getting an occupational driver’s license. In these cases, it is imperative that you have a qualified lawyer on your side. If the court determines that you are eligible to apply for an occupational driver’s license, then an order will be issued. This order is not a license, it only authorizes the Department of Public Safety to issue the license.
Documents Required for an Occupational Driver’s License in San Antonio
You will have to supply specific information to DPS to obtain an occupational driver’s license (ODL) in San Antonio, but first, the court must issue an order for the ODL. This document must be submitted along with a financial responsibility form, a Certified Abstract of a Driver Record, and Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate (SR-22). We recommend working with an attorney who has experience handling these issues since the process is time consuming and mistakes can be made which can result in delays. In some cases, you may be able to drive temporarily using the court order. This is something you should discuss with your attorney.
If your license has been suspended and you are in the San Antonio area, contact us so we can help you get your occupational driver’s license. You do not have to go through this process alone.
Call our office if you need help applying for an occupational driver’s license in San Antonio to ensure you can continue running essential household errands, getting back and forth to work, and dealing with school, and extracurricular activities. We have experience dealing with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and we can help you through this process.