What You Should Know About Hardship Licenses in Texas

If you have a suspended or revoked license, you may be able to get a hardship license. Continue reading and reach out to our skilled Houston DWI defense attorneys today to learn more about how we can best support you. Our legal team is on your side. Give us a call today.

What is a hardship license in Texas?

If a first-time offender has been accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol, and who failed the chemical test, may be qualified for a Texas hardship license. This is only functional after the first 30 days of the suspension period and the license can be suspended for a minimum of 90 days or up to two years. By issuing a hardship license following a first offense, drivers are permitted to operate their vehicle through restricted driving privileges for six months of the suspension period.

The hardship license also permits you to drive to and from school or work and to and from a court-ordered treatment program and for essential medical emergencies. It is important to mention that if you were pulled over because an officer suspected that you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time and you refused to submit to a chemical test, you are unable to receive a hardship license.

How can I obtain a hardship license in Texas?

To acquire a hardship license, you will need to wait for your suspension period to expire before the license can be reinstated. If the state decides to grant you a hardship license, you will be mandated to file evidence of financial responsibility in the form of an insurance policy with the Texas BMV. Also, you will have to pay a license reinstatement fee of $130 before you are awarded a hardship license.

A hardship license may be particularly useful if you need to get to work or other places and having your license suspended could lead to significant consequences such as the loss of your job. You will need to have the proper documentation collected and confirm that you have met all the necessary prerequisites before requesting to get the hardship license. It is also vital that you have one of our skilled Houston criminal defense attorneys on your side to walk you through this complex process.


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.