What You Need to Know About Occupational Licenses in Texas

When someone loses their license due to a serious traffic violation or criminal offense, it can come with several lasting burdens that may significantly affect their lives. For example, when someone loses their license and can no longer commute to their job or attend their classes, it can have a snowball effect. If you recently lost your license, you must continue reading and speak with our experienced Texas criminal defense attorneys to learn more about occupational licenses in Texas and how our firm can help if you believe you may qualify for one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the purpose of occupational licenses?

Occupational licenses allow individuals who’ve had their licenses suspended to attend and participate in various critical activities, such as work, school, or the performance of essential household duties. While these licenses do not compare to standard driver’s licenses, they give you enough freedom to conduct your life as minimally-interrupted as possible.

How do I obtain an occupational license?

To obtain an occupational license, you will have to petition the Justice of the Peace, county, or district court where you currently reside, with the assistance of an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney. You may also petition the court of original jurisdiction where the offense that warranted a license suspension occurred. As long the court determines that you qualify to apply for an occupational driver’s license, you will receive a signed court order, which you will then submit to the Department, as well as various additional documentation, and from there, the Department will decide whether you may receive an occupational license.

How do I know if I qualify for an occupational license?

Unfortunately, there are certain situations wherein an individual may not receive an occupational license after having his or her standard driver’s license suspended. For example, if your license was suspended due to an alcohol or drug-related offense, you may have to wait 90 days before applying for an occupational license. Additionally, if you have at least two administrative license revocations on your record, you will have to wait at least one year to apply for an occupational license. Those who’ve had their licenses suspended due to intoxication-related convictions must wait 180 days to apply, and you may not receive an occupational license if you are looking to use it to operate a commercial motor vehicle.


We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.