DWI: What Is An Occupational License?

Daren Brown
By Daren Brown | March 19, 2019

driving-car-behind-wheel.pngMost people have heard of an “Occupational License” in passing yet many do not know what it actually means. The state of Texas grants such a license to an individual in the event that his driver's license is suspended. However, the suspension must be the result of something besides a mental or physical disability.

Why So Many Need An Occupational License

There is no guarantee that the state of Texas will actually grant an Occupational License. However, if your driver's license has been suspended for an acceptable reason, it is prudent to request an Occupational License. In many instances, the request for such a license is made in the aftermath of a driver's license suspension due to refusing to submit to blood or alcohol testing and/or the failure of a breathalyzer test.

An Occupational License Is A “Restricted” License

Occupational Licenses are considered to be “restricted” licenses. The state has designated them as such for a variety of reasons. The restrictions apply to the licensee's purpose, region and hours. Occupational Licenses are not granted for any less than four hours or any more than 12 hours a day, six days a week.

When it comes to DWI cases, this special type of license is provided for 12 hours a day and 6 days a week. This allows the driver to attend work, school, medical needs or household necessities. Yet the permitted time limit is only applicable to the hours spent driving the vehicle. Furthermore, these hours are limited to the counties in which such driving activities are anticipated or stated in the signed order by the judge. It is important to note that Occupational Licenses for those with several DWI offenses might be granted with additional limitations. Most petitions have a “no alcohol” stipulation that is strictly enforced.


The judge will require you to carry an SR-22 insurance, don't panic. This item is merely a certificate that your automobile insurance company files with the state of Texas to ensure you have insurance while operating a motor vehicle under an occupational license. It states that you have automobile insurance coverage. All you have to do is add the SR-22 to your automobile insurance policy for the duration of your suspension.

DWI charges might seem like the end of the world. Stockard, Johnston, Brown & Netardus, P.C. in Amarillo, Texas is here for you when you are in desperate need of help. You don't have to fight this battle on your own. Let us help you navigate the complexities of the legal maze. Reach out to us today to schedule an initial consultation.


Topics: Criminal, DWI / DUI