How Much Does An Occupational License Cost?

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No one wants to be without their Driver’s License. When you lose your license due to a DWI, driving with an invalid license (DWLI), or a number of other reasons, you may be eligible for an Occupational License. An Occupational License allows you to drive for certain reasons, such as work, school, doctor’s appointments, household duties, and to meet with your attorney. It is valid for up to 2 years, and in many ways offers the same freedoms as a normal Driver’s License. You are not eligible for an Occupational License if you have had one within the last 10 years.

If you are anything like the majority of Texans, you’re not going to want to be without your driving privileges even for a day, so an Occupational License can be a great solution. Unfortunately, there are costs involved as well. The exact costs can differ based on the reason you need on Occupational License, and the county in which you live.

For example, if you lost your Driver’s License because of a DWI, many counties require that you file your petition in district court (filing fees between $225-$250). If, however, you did not lose your license because of an alcohol-related offense, you can usually file with the Justice of the Peace court (filing fees $40-45).

So, while these differences make it impossible to determine exactly how much your Occupational License will cost, I can give ballpark numbers.

  • Certified Driving Record – $20
  • Certified Copies of Order and Petition for DPS – $20
  • Occupational License Fee – $10-$20
  • Reinstatement fees $125 or more. In Texas, you can check how much you owe in reinstatement fees by going to the Texas Driver’s Eligibility Website
  • Filing fees $40-$250
  • You should also be up to date on any surcharges owed
  • Attorney Fees $500
  • The total cost for an Occupational License can run from $700 – $1,000 or even more in some circumstances.

I charge a fee of $500 for an Occupational License. However, if I am also handling your DWI and you need an Occupational License, I include it at no charge.

If you have any questions about the costs of an Occupational License, DWI, or DWLI, please call me for a free consultation. 512-677-5003. I serve Travis, Williamson, and Hays counties, and I would be glad to answer any questions you might have.

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