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 the DIC 25?

A: The DIC 25 is a temporary driving permit given to individuals arrested for a DWI in Texas. It is issued if the person blew over 0.08, refused to blow, or refused a blood test when requested. This document will be included in your bond paperwork when you are released from jail.

Q: What does the DIC 25 document state about license suspension?

A: The document states that your license will automatically be suspended 40 days from the date of arrest or the date you received the DIC 25 document.

Q: How can I temporarily stop the suspension of my license?

A: To temporarily stop the suspension, you can request an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing within 15 days of the date of arrest. The document provides a telephone number to request this hearing.

Q: Who should request the ALR hearing?

A: It is best if an attorney requests the ALR hearing because they will receive all the necessary information, and officers have to be subpoenaed for the hearing, which can be complicated for non-lawyers. However, you can also request the hearing yourself.

Q: What happens if my license is suspended?

A: If your license is suspended either at the 40-day mark or after the ALR hearing, you will likely be eligible for an occupational license. This license allows you to drive with some restrictions.

Q: How can I check the status of my license?

A: You can check the status of your license online in Texas anytime. You will need your driver's license number, date of birth, and the last four digits of your Social Security number to see whether you are eligible to drive or not. Check your status at this website.