The Post-DWI Texas Temporary Driving Permit

The Post-DWI Texas Temporary Driving Permit

Charlie discusses the temporary permit that the police give you after a DWI arrest in Travis County. He tells you how long you can drive with the temporary DL, when your license is scheduled to be suspended, and what you and an attorney can do about the suspension.


Q: What is a temporary driving permit?

A: A temporary driving permit is a document given to individuals after a DWI arrest when their physical Texas driver's license is taken by officers. It's often a yellow sheet of paper found among the documents received upon leaving jail.

Q: Is it important to carry the temporary driving permit?

A: Yes, you are supposed to carry the temporary driving permit with you while driving. It serves as your proof of driving privileges if you're stopped by the police.

Q: Should I get a replacement for my physical driver's license?

A: Yes, it's advisable to obtain a replacement license online, as the original license taken during the arrest will not be returned.

Q: What information does the temporary driving permit contain?

A: The permit includes the reason for potential license suspension (such as a breathalyzer result of 0.08 or above, or refusal to take a breathalyzer or blood test) and the duration of the permit.

Q: How long is the temporary driving permit valid?

A: The permit is valid for 40 days from the date of the arrest.

Q: What happens if I request a hearing?

A: If a hearing is requested, the temporary driving permit remains effective until a final decision is made by the administrative law judge in your case.

Q: Can I drive normally with the temporary driving permit?

A: Generally, yes, unless there are other issues with your license or specific bond conditions set by a judge.

Q: What is an occupational license and how can I get one?

A: An occupational license allows you to drive for work, household duties, and other essential activities even if your license is suspended. It's best to consult an attorney for the process.

Q: How and when should I request an administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing?

A: You have 15 days from the date of arrest to request an ALR hearing. It's recommended to have an attorney handle this due to procedural complexities.

Q: When should I pay the license reinstatement fee?

A: Wait until your license is actually suspended to pay the $125 fee due to potential system errors at DPS.

Q: How can I verify if I'm eligible to drive?

A: You can check your driving eligibility on the DPS website. However, be aware of any additional restrictions that might apply to your specific situation.