Answer: Operator manuals are available for the cost of production
from the DPS General Services Publication Clerk. General Services
may be contacted by calling (512) 424-5718 or writing:
P.O. Box 15999
Austin, Texas 78761-5999
Reference publication number TLE/br-38
Answer: Prior to initiating
a breath alcohol testing program, an agency must submit an application to the
scientific director for approval.
Contact the Office of the Scientific Director for further details at:
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0570
Answer: Operator training is conducted on the campuses of several community colleges throughout the State. Before gaining admission into one of the schools you must contact the Technical Supervisor for the area in which you work. The Office of the Scientific Director can assist you in contacting the appropriate Technical Supervisor.
If an agency has an interlocal agency contract on file with DPS General Services,
alcohol blood test (ABT) kits, and urine specimen test kits, as well as Intoxilyzer® mouthpieces
and test records may be purchased from the Department.
General Services may be contacted by calling (512) 424-5718 or writing
P.O. Box 15999
Answer: Contrary to popular belief there is not a "legal limit" to operate a vehicle after drinking. For the purposes of operating a motor vehicle, Chapter 49 of the Penal Code defines intoxication as,
Answer: Operators seeking reactivation or recertification should direct a written correspondence desiring such to the Office of the Scientific Director. Requests should contain operator name, agency, current mailing address, and certificate number if available. A letter outlining the necessary steps will be forwarded to the operator.
Answer: The Driver License Division administers the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) program. View general provisions and specific instructions for the ALR program here.
Answer: Similar to evidential breath alcohol testing devices, the OSD tests and evaluates breath alcohol ignition interlock devices (BAIID) as well as reference sample devices.
Answer: The Office of the Scientific Director is statutorily charged with determining whether an analytical instrument used for breath alcohol testing is suitable for evidential testing. The OSD maintains a list of approved devices meeting the requirements for evidential breath testing. While several devices are on this list the Department's uniform statewide program utilizes only one type of instrumentation.
List of approved devices