Obtaining an Occupational Driver's License

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If a person is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he or she may face criminal charges of DWI. Conviction on such charges can cause serious problems to a person's professional and personal life. DWI convictions often require the payment of many different fines, fees, and court costs, as well as time requirements for classes and probation.

In addition, DWI charges and convictions may result in the suspension or revocation of the person's driving privileges, which can have a serious effect on a person's life. Without the use of one's personal mode of transportation, it may be difficult to attend school, go to work, and perform other essential duties. Because of this difficulty, people facing license restrictions and revocation may request an occupational driver's license to be able to use their automobiles.

Occupational licenses are often granted to drivers with DWI or DUI convictions who have lost their rights to drive, but require the use of a vehicle for court-approved purposes. This often means that the person must show reasonable need for the vehicle and must get an approval for the specific destinations they wish to drive to. Drivers must often show the court where they intend to go and what time of day they plan to be on the road. Occupational drivers' licenses often include limitations on where and when the driver can operate his or her motor vehicle.

When obtaining an occupational license, the individual often must show:

  • Petition for occupational drivers' license
  • Court-order granting the license to the individual
  • Payment of Administrative Revocation License (ALR) fees
  • Proof of SR-22 insurance coverage (for high-risk drivers)
  • Payment of Safety Responsibility suspension fees
  • Payment of Driver Improvement suspension fees
  • Payment of any additional license reinstatement fees

Occupational licenses are typically granted for one year, with a maximum of two-years upon approval of the court. There are many fees associated with obtaining a special permit to operate a vehicle, but without such assistance, the individual may be forced to find alternative means of transportation at all times. Fortunately, drivers who are able to obtain such licenses often find that the process of recovery from DWI charges is much easier.

If you would like to know more about obtaining an occupational drivers' license or defending DWI charges, visit the website of the Austin criminal attorney Ian Inglis.

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This article was published on 2010/03/29