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driving with a suspended license

Suspension or revocation of driver’s license is often the result of conviction for serious driving offenses, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, hit-and-run, fleeing and eluding, excessive traffic tickets, and racing—or failing to meet other state-mandated financial obligations, such as timely payment of child support.

A driver whose license has been suspended or revoked may be able to apply for and secure a restricted driver’s license or occupational restricted license to only drive to and from places such as work, school, drug or alcohol treatment, and community service. And in some states such a driver may be able to apply for an ignition interlock device (IID) restricted license that permits the driver to drive with an installed IID that tests for alcohol and drug consumption before the vehicle is operable.

When a driver’s license is suspended, the driver may be able to apply to the state for reinstatement of driving privileges upon meeting requirements such as: (1) providing proof of financial responsibility (required automobile liability insurance); (2) payment of child support in arrears; (3) participation in drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment programs; and (4) payment of a reinstatement fee.

The infraction or offense of driving with license suspended is usually located in a state’s statutes, and may prosecuted as a misdemeanor with a fine as punishment—and the possibility of jail time for subsequent DWLS offenses.

In Texas, suspension or revocation of a driver's license can occur for various reasons, including driving under the influence (DUI), hit-and-run incidents, excessive traffic violations, racing, or failing to pay child support. Texas allows for the issuance of an occupational driver's license (ODL) which permits individuals with a suspended or revoked license to drive to essential places like work, school, or treatment programs. Additionally, Texas may require the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for those convicted of DUI offenses. To reinstate a suspended or revoked license, a driver must typically show proof of financial responsibility (such as auto insurance), pay any overdue child support, complete any required evaluations or treatment programs, and pay a reinstatement fee. Driving with a suspended license (DWLS) is a serious offense in Texas and can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor, potentially resulting in fines and jail time for repeat offenses.

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