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ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION
The ALR law took effect January 1, 1995. ALR is a civil, administrative
process unrelated to criminal court proceedings. Its goal is to get
drunk drivers off the road by revoking their driver licenses.
How ALR Works:
- A law enforcement officer determines that there is reasonable suspicion
to stop a driver and probable cause to arrest the motorist for drunk
- If the officer has reason to believe that the driver is impaired, a set of field sobriety
tests is administered. If the driver performs poorly, the driver is
arrested for DWI.
- Once at a police station or sheriff's office, the driver is asked to take a chemical
test to measure his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. This is
usually a breath test.
- The officer serves the offender with a notice that his driver license will be suspended
if he or she refuses to take the test or fails it (registering a .08
BAC or greater).
- The officer confiscates the Texas driver license and issues a temporary driving permit.
- The offender has 15 days from the date that the suspension notice is received to request
a hearing. If no hearing is requested, then the suspension goes into effect on the 40th day after notice was served (usually 40 days after
- The driver pays a $125 fee to reinstate the license after a period ofsuspension.
- The ALR process also applies to individuals arrested for boating while
intoxicated (BWI) who refuse to take a chemical test.
The offender's license is suspended for failing the BAC test for:
- 90 days, if a first offender;
- One year, if previously suspended for failing or refusing the test
or previously suspended for DWI, intoxication assault or intoxication
The offender's license is suspended for refusing the BAC test for:
- 180 days, if a first offender;
- Two years, if previously suspended for failing or refusing the test
or previously suspended for DWI, or intoxication assault or intoxication
In 2000, 98,910 licenses were suspended under the ALR process.