Drug Related Suspensions

When you are convicted of a drug offense in the State of Texas, your license is automatically suspended for a period of 180 days. This also applies to non-residents who do not hold a Texas driver license at the time of conviction. All non-residents are prohibited from obtaining a Texas driver license for a 180 day prohibition period after a conviction. The prohibition period begins when you contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and request that your non-resident driving privileges be reinstated (or that you be issued a Texas drivers license for the first time).

As with alcohol related suspended drivers license cases, the state is not quite finished with you after you serve your punishment for a drug conviction. They charge an additional tax in the form of SR22 insurance. To reinstate your driver license, the State of Texas requires you to obtain SR22 insurance from your insurance company and submit to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). The SR22 is required for two years from the date you were convicted. In addition to carrying SR22 for two years, you must also forward a Certificate of Completion of the required drug class to the DPS when you receive it.