Occupational Driver License

When a person's driver's license or privilege is suspended, that person can qualify under certain circumstances for a special license, called an occupational driver's license (ODL), that allows them to drive with specific restrictions during the period of suspension.

If the driver's license has not been suspended, then the person is not eligible for an ODL. If the driver's license was suspended because of a DWI conviction, a Justice of the Peace cannot issue an ODL, the person has to apply with the court where they were convicted.


An application must be filed in a justice, county, or district court in the precinct or county in which (1) the person resides; or (2) the offense occurred for which the license was suspended. The petition describes in detail the applicant's essential need for an occupational driver's license.

Filing Fee

The fee to file an Application for Occupational Driver License in the Justice Court is $54. The filing fee is payable by cash, cashier's check, or money order payable to Chambers County, or by credit card (convenience fees applicable).

Driving Record

You must order a certified abstract of your complete driving record (Type AR). The court cannot consider granting an occupational driver's license without this record. A certified 3-year history record (Type 2A or Type 3A) will not be sufficient, you must request Type AR. Department of Public Safety (DPS) Form DR-36 is available below or can be found on the Texas Department of Public Safety Website.

Evidence of Financial Responsibility

In addition to the Certified Abstract of your Driving Record, you must provide evidence of financial responsibility (insurance) in accordance with the Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Act, Chapter 601, Texas Transportation Code. The court cannot consider granting an ODL without this proof.

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