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The Law Office of Matthew Shrum

Criminal Defense Attorney Austin

Occupational Drivers License

Are you facing DWI Charges in Austin, TX?


Individuals that refuse or fail a blood test or breathalyzer after an arrest for and DWI may have their license suspended. The driver will be served a notice of suspension if he/she fails or refuses the field sobriety test. In certain cases, individuals may be able to request an Administrative License Revocation Hearing (ALR) to appeal the suspended license and request an occupational driver’s license. Individuals must submit the request within the first 15 days after the DWI charge. Individuals may want to apply for an Occupational Driver’s License to avoid the consequences of being caught driving with a suspended drivers’ license.

What is an ODL?

A Occupational Drivers License (ODL) is a license that comes with limitations. This license allows an individual to operate a vehicle for essential tasks only. Such tasks could include: going to work, school, performing household duties, or any other necessary places in order to fulfill the necessities of everyday life.

What limitations come with an ODL?

This license allows you to perform essential tasks to your everyday life, but comes with limitations. An individual must not drive over 12 hours within a 24 hour time frame. Generally, there are a few ways you can track this 12 hour timeframe. First, an individual can choose a driving time block. For example, if your priorities lie between the time of 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM then that is that person’s time block. The state will only allow you to drive only between 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM. The second option for those with an Occupational Drivers License, is keeping a log with ALL driving time accounted for. This log cannot exceed the 12 hour daily limit, but is a good choice for those with changing schedules.

Can I still operate a commercial vehicle?

An ODL only applies to a basic automobile license, meaning that an individual is not allowed to operate commercial vehicles if their license gets suspended. Currently, there is no replacement for a CDL.

How do I get an ODL?

In the state of Texas, in order to be eligible for an Occupational Drivers License an individual must show an essential need to operate a motor vehicle. An essential need includes: needing transportation to and from the workplace, or school, and transportation for essential household duties including medical appointments. After proving that there is an essential need, there are multiple documents that need to be completed and fees that need to be paid to apply for an Occupational Drivers License.

Contact us today to see what essential paperwork you will need for a ODL!