|(a) An occupational license is a restricted driver
license that permits the operation of a non-commercial motor vehicle
when a license has been suspended or revoked. An occupational license
cannot be issued if the applicant is revoked for medical reasons or
suspended for failure to pay child support.
(b) If there are eligibility issues that would prevent
the issuance of a driver license other than the suspension or revocation
of the privilege to operate a motor vehicle, those issues must be
rectified before the department can issue an occupational license.
For example, if an applicant has never held a driver license or the
applicant's driver license has been expired for more than two years,
the applicant must take and pass all examinations prior to the issuance
of an occupational license.
(c) In order for the department to issue an occupational
license, the applicant must submit the items detailed in this section
to the department's headquarters in Austin:
(1) a certified copy of the petition and a certified
copy of the court order granting the occupational license issued by
a justice, county or district court;
(2) an SR-22 (certificate of insurance);
(3) payment of all required reinstatement fees; and
(4) payment of the appropriate issuance fee.
(d) The fee is $10 for one year or less. If the suspension
or revocation is more than one year and permitted by the court order,
the applicant may apply for a two year occupational license and submit
an additional $10 fee for the second year.
(e) The department will notify the license holder if
the occupational license has been revoked by the court that issued
the order for the occupational license. Any application for a subsequent
occupational license will require the submission of a new petition
and court order.