Carl David Ceder - Attorney and Counselor at Law

Texas Occupational License Attorney

An occupational license also called an “essential needs” license, is a special type of restricted license issued to individuals whose driver license has been suspended, revoked or denied for certain offenses other than medical or delinquent child support. If your driver’s license has been suspended as per the order of state office of Administrative hearing (SOAH), you will be eligible for filing a petition for an occupational driver license (ODL). This is essential to get the privilege of driving for the duration of the suspension period. 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 essential household duties.

However, there will be some additional points you need to consider when obtaining an ODL. This restriction needs to be followed very closely. For example, within the suspension time, a person will be able to drive for 12 hours only or the permission of driving from home to office will be granted. All these will be allowed, in accordance with the basic needs of a person, which may include things such as trips to a grocery store, court appearances, going to and from work, medical appointments.

List of required things to get occupational driving license include:

  • There is a need to submit a certified copy of your official driving license. This must include all the records and history. If you don’t have one, you can get it from DPS website. Apart from that, if you have any previous records of convictions, arrests, license suspensions or OLD’s, you need to submit all the details to the officials. Moreover, the provision of certified abstract driving record is also essential.
  • An insurance company obtained SR-22 is required.
  • A verification form that is verified. You can get it from our office.
  • If your job description requires driving, there is a need to get permission from the employer for this. This letter must be provided on the letterhead. Also, it must contain all the essential information about your job description. The employer must clearly state the reason you need to drive.
  • In order to obtain the proper permission, you need to provide a detailed list of timings that will specify the time duration in which you need to drive. However, the whole duration must not exceed 12 hours. The specifications of the exact counties are also needed for all the essential needs for which you need to drive. Also, providing the exact locations and reasons should also be specified.
  • The fees for getting an occupational license will be submitted to the court and it will be different from other legal expenses i.e. attorney fees.
  •  Once you get a signed ODL from the judge, you need to file it with DPS before it will get valid. There is a specified time duration of 30 days within which the DPS filling should be done.
    For obtaining the occupational driving license, you need the services of an expert attorney and we are here to provide with all the possible facilities. Contact us as soon as possible.

Waiting Periods

You may not be able to just and obtain an occupational license, often waiting periods apply in certain situations. If you meet any of the following conditions, you may have to wait to get your occupational license. An occupational license is issued once the request is processed unless one of the following situations applies:

  • The individual’s driver license was previously suspended as a result of an alcohol- or drug-related offense then there is a 90-day waiting period.
  • The individual’s driver license was in suspension as a result of an intoxication-related conviction then there is a 180-day waiting period.
  • There are at least two administrative license revocations on the individual’s driver record then a mandatory one-year waiting period applies.

Contact Us

For obtaining the occupational driving license, you need the services of an expert attorney and we are here to provide with all the possible facilities. You can contact The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder at anytime for assistance at 214.702.CARL(2275) or at 469.2000.DWI(394). You can also e-mail Carl directly, at [email protected]; or to the office for general inquiries at [email protected] Phones should be answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week for immediate and prompt assistance. E-mail messages will try to be responded to with 24-48 hours, depending on whether Carl and his team is in trial and/or is busy working on a case for a contested hearing.