Driver License Suspensions and Surcharge Fees
Your Texas Driver’s License can be suspended and you can be required to pay surcharge fees for too many moving violations and for certain convictions.
Texas has a driving point system that can result in you having to pay a surcharge fee, if you have 6 points on your driving record during a 3-year period. Hence, your record is reviewed annually and if you have accumulated 6 points in the last three years you are billed a surcharge. The notice goes to the address you have on record with the Department of Public Safety and if the surcharge is not paid within 30 days, your license is suspended. The minimum surcharge fee is $100.
- Two points are placed on your record by every conviction for a moving violation
- Three points are placed on your record by every conviction for a moving violation that involves a crash
Surcharge fees are also assessed for certain convictions. You must pay the surcharge fee annually for 3 years from the date of those convictions.
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) - $1,000 annual surcharge
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with blood alcohol concentration of 0.16 or more - $2,000 annual surcharge
- Subsequent Driving While Intoxicated (DWI 2 or more) - $1,500 annual surcharge
- No Insurance Ticket Conviction - $250 annual surcharge
- Driving While License Invalid - $250 annual surcharge
- No Driver’s License Ticket Conviction - $100 annual surcharge
Additionally, convictions for DWI and DWLI can result in a suspension of your Driver’s license and you still must pay the surcharge fees.
For more information you can make an appointment with student legal services, which is a part of student life.