How Do I Reinstate My Driver's License In Texas After It Was Suspended Or Revoked?

If you're facing the challenge of having your driver's license suspended or revoked in Texas, you're not alone. The path to reinstatement may seem complex, but by understanding the necessary steps and requirements, you can handle the process more smoothly. Below, we’ll walk you through how you can reclaim your driving privileges in the state.

Understanding Your Suspension and the Reinstatement Process

First, it is important to understand why your license was suspended or revoked. In Texas, common reasons for suspension include Departmental Suspensions (DI) like driving with an invalid license, Safety Responsibility Suspensions (SR-22 Violations) for failing to maintain financial responsibility, Administrative License Revocation Suspensions (ALR) for failing a DWI blood/breath test, or failing to complete mandated alcohol/drug education programs. A reinstatement fee is required if your suspension was due to one of the above reasons.

Paying Your Reinstatement Fees

Texas law mandates the payment of reinstatement fees before your driving privileges can be restored. You may owe different fees based on the type of suspension you've encountered. The quickest and most convenient method to clear these fees is through the license eligibility webpage. This online payment process has a processing time of approximately 24-48 hours, with an additional $5.75 processing fee. Payments are immediately applied to your account.

Should you prefer mailing your payment, prepare a personal check, money order, or cashier's check for the full amount due. Remember to include your full name, driver’s license number, and DOB on your payment. Mail this to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Central Cash Receiving, P.O. Box 15999, Austin, TX 78761-5999. Note that mailed payments require up to 21 business days for processing.

Submitting Compliance Documentation

After settling your reinstatement fees, the next step is to submit any remaining compliance documents. If you've cleared your fees online, you can send these documents via email, fax, or mail. Ensure that all documents are in PDF format if sent by email. Include your complete name, date of birth, driver’s license number, and a copy of your suspension notice (if available) with each document to avoid delays. Use the following details for submission:

  • Mail: Texas Department of Public Safety, Enforcement and Compliance Service, P.O. Box 4087, Austin, TX 78773-0320
  • Fax: 512-424-2848
  • Email:

For cases where you can't pay your reinstatement fee online, mail your compliance documents alongside your payment to the Central Cash Receiving address mentioned earlier.

Special Considerations

Certain groups and situations involve specific considerations during the reinstatement process:

  • Multiple Reinstatement Fees: You might encounter multiple fees if you have various types of suspensions. Each suspension type is associated with a unique reinstatement requirement.
  • Additional Offenses: If you're convicted of an additional offense or incur a subsequent violation while your license is suspended, you may be required to pay additional fees.
  • Payment Assistance: Currently, there are no programs available to reduce or allow installment payments for reinstatement fees. The full amount must be paid upfront.

Timeframes and Expectations

Understanding the processing time for each step of the reinstatement process is important. Online payments are processed immediately, providing a speedy method for clearing your fees. However, if you choose to mail your payment or compliance documents, anticipate a processing period of up to 21 business days.

Contact an Austin Driver's License Reinstatement Attorney

Reinstating your driver's license in Texas requires a clear understanding of the reasons behind your suspension, timely payment of your reinstatement fees, and proper submission of all necessary compliance documents. Facing challenges with a driver’s license suspension or restoration? You don't have to go through it alone. At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, our team of dedicated criminal defense lawyers is ready to provide the support and guidance you need. Reach out to Cofer & Connelly, PLLC by calling (512) 991-0576 or contacting us online for a consultation with a criminal defense lawyer. We're here to help you take the necessary steps towards resolving your driving license issues.

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