Offenders convicted of a drug offense or controlled substance offense will receive a driver license suspension of 180 days. In addition to the suspension, the offender must complete an authorized Drug Education Program through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Failure to complete the program will result in a revocation of the license beyond the 180 days suspension until the Department receives a completion certificate.
Offenders who do not have a Texas driver license at the time of offense will be denied a Texas driver license for a period of 180 days. The Order of Prohibition (180 days) will begin upon first contact with the Department’s Driver License Personnel.
- A reinstatement feeof $100.00 will be required prior to the renewal/issuance of a driver license.
- Obtain proof of insurance (Form SR-22) from your insurance company and submit to the Department. The Form SR-22 is required for two (2) years from date of conviction.
- Certificate of completion of the required drug class must be forwarded to DPS.
Information on the required drug class
Section 521.371-521.377, Texas Transportation Code states that persons convicted of misdemeanor or felony drug offenses will automatically have their licenses suspended for a period of six months. In order to have their license reinstated, they must attend and successfully complete an education program on the dangers of drug abuse approved by the department.
Failure to complete the program will result in the license being revoked indefinitely until the education program is completed.
The standardized program is 15 hours in length and is designed to increase the knowledge of drug offenders by educating them on the dangers of drug abuse and associated illegal activities, to identify their own individual drug-use patterns, and to assist them in developing a personal action plan which will reduce the probability of suffering the consequences of future drug using and illegal behavior.
Specific course topics include history of drug abuse, drug/DWI laws, dynamics of drug use, drugs of abuse, how drugs work, cost of use and abuse, health issues, HIV, interpersonal relationships, deglamorization of drugs, values and behaviors, past and desired behaviors, getting control of your life, resource options, and personal action planning.
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