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Crash Suspension

In the event of a car crash, an individual may be subject to a license suspension.

   Uninsured Driver

When DPS receives notice an individual has been involved in a crash which resulted in an injury, death or property damages of at least $1,000, the uninsured driver is subject to a driver license suspension.

Hearings
In certain circumstances, individuals may be eligible to request a hearing to contest the suspension of their driver license. If the request is submitted within the required 20 days, DPS will send a letter to the individual to the address on record. The letter will provide the date, time and location of the hearing. Please allow up to 120 days for the hearing to be scheduled. Requests made after the required 20 days will be denied and the individual will be notified by mail.

Hearings are conducted in a municipal or justice court in the county where the individual lives. During the hearing, the individual is responsible for providing facts to the hearing officer who will determine if the reasons for the suspension are valid.

Driver License Reinstatement Requirements
For a driver license to be reinstated, an individual must submit to DPS one of the following:

  1. Evidence of liability insurance at the time of the crash,
  2. A Notarized Release (SR-11) from liability of judgment,
  3. A properly executed Installment Agreement (SR-19) (if DPS receives notice that an individual has defaulted on the installment agreement then the driver license is subject to suspension), or
  4. Deposit of a cashier’s check or money order, and submission a Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate (SR-22) and an SR-22a as proof of liability insurance,
    1. The insurance policy must be pre-paid for at least six-months.
    2. The SR-22 and SR-22a are available at any insurance company authorized by the Texas Department of Insurance.
  5. If a suspension has been enforced, a reinstatement fee is required prior to the renewal or issuance of a driver license.

NOTE: If after two years from the date of the crash there are no civil suits pending or unpaid judgments, application may be made for reinstatement by filing an Affidavit of No Suit Filed within Two Years (SR-60) and paying the required reinstatement fee.

   Liability Judgment

When DPS receives a certified copy of an unsatisfied judgment arising from a traffic crash, the individual who the judgment is rendered against is subject to a driver license suspension.

Driver License Reinstatement Requirements
For a driver license to be reinstated, an individual must submit to DPS one of the following documents:

  1. A Notarized Release (SR-11) indicating the judgment has been satisfied,
  2. A Court Approved Installment Agreement, (If DPS receives notice an individual has defaulted then the driver license is subject to suspension.)
  3. A Judgment Creditor’s Consent (SR-84),
  4. A Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate (SR-22) if within two years from the date the judgment was rendered,
  5. If a suspension has been enforced, a reinstatement fee is required prior to the renewal or issuance of a driver license.

NOTE: If the judgment is more than 10 years old and has not been renewed, then a certificate from the court where the judgment was rendered must be filed and the individual must pay the required reinstatement fee.

   Unsatisfied Judgments

For a driver license to be suspended, an individual must submit to DPS all of the following documents:

  1. A Certified copy of the judgment, (DPS cannot process the judgment unless a minimum of 60 days have elapsed since the date the judgment was signed.)
  2. A Notice of Unsatisfied Judgment (SR-62),
  3. A Transcript of Civil Proceedings (SR-42) or Certificate of No Appeal.
  4. A copy of the crash report.
   DPS Mailing Address, Fax Number and Email Information

Required documents can be submitted by mail, fax or email. All documents submitted by email must be in PDF format. Individual must write their name, date of birth and driver license number on all documents so their record can be properly identified.

Mailing Address:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Enforcement and Compliance Service
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0320

Fax Number:

512-424-2848

Email:


Occupational License

Individuals may be eligible to apply for an occupational license while their driver license is suspended or revoked. To learn more about occupational licenses or to determine if you may be eligible to apply, please visit our Occupational License webpage.

Driver Eligibility Status

For individuals who are required to submit compliance documents (i.e. certificate of completion, SR-22, etc.), their driver eligibility status will change from “ineligible” to “eligible” on the License Eligibility website once all documents have been processed and fees have been paid.