Before you get your license reinstated in Texas, you need to figure out if your license got suspended or revoked. If your license was revoked, then your driver’s license no longer counts and cannot be used for driving without explicit consent from your local DMV. Additionally, if your license was revoked, you may need to pass a few road safety tests and pay some fees to the DMV.
The difference between a revoked and suspended license
Unlike a revoked license, which is completely canceled, a suspended license indicates that you cannot use your license for a temporary amount of time. In most cases, your license is temporarily suspended for a month all the way up to a full year. After you pay the DMV fines, you can receive your license back. If you drive with a suspended or revoked license, you may have to pay higher fines and possibly go to jail.
Submit proof of your insurance
Once your license is suspended or revoked, your auto insurance company may raise your insurance rates or cancel your insurance coverage completely. Once a DUI conviction is on your record, you won’t be able to get qualified for any good driver discounts for about 10 years.
To get your license back, your auto insurance company will need to send you an SR-22 proof of insurance form for you to fill out. Still, some auto insurance providers will not cover anyone who is seen as a high-risk driver. If that is your problem, you have a few options. You can shop for an insurance company that gives high-risk auto insurance coverage, get a surety bond, receive a CVC certificate or take a DUI class.
If you need help defending against DUI charges or dealing with the aftermath of a conviction, you may want to consult an attorney. An experienced attorney might be able to get charges reduced or dismissed as well as assist you with reinstating your license.