Repealed Texas Driver Responsibility Program FAQ

The Texas Driver Responsibility Program was repealed effective September 1st, 2019.

Frequently asked questions about the repeal of the Texas Driver Responsibility Program (DRP):

 

Q:  What is the status of the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP)?

A:  The Driver Responsibility Program was repealed effective September 1, 2019.  All DRP surcharge suspensions ended at that time.

 

Q:  How does this affect me?

A:  After September 1, 2019 all DRP surcharge assessments were waived and no future surcharges were assessed after.  You are still responsible for any other suspensions, fines, or fees on your driving record.

 

Q:  Does this mean I no longer need to make a surcharge payment?

A:  The DRP program was repealed on September 1, 2019.  You are no longer required to pay your surcharge installment payments.

 

Q:  Does this mean I do not have to pay my reinstatement fee or ticket?

A:  This repeal only applies to DRP surcharges and you are still responsible for all other obligations, including non-surcharge related suspensions, fines, or fees on your driving record.

 

Q:  What is the status of my driving privilege?

A:  To check the status of your driving privilege or pay reinstatement fees, click here to go to texas.gov/driver.  You will need your DL/ID number, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number.  Please be aware that driver records update on a daily basis.  The information on the texas.gov/driver site reflects the status of your driver record as of today.  Any additional convictions reported by a court after today could cause additional enforcement actions or fees on your record.  Verify your status by clicking here to go to texas.gov/driver.

 

Q:  How do I get my license back?

A:  If your Texas Driver’s License has been expired less than two years, you may be eligible to replace it online by clicking here to go to texas.gov/driver.   You will need your DL/ID number, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number.  

If your Texas Driver’s License has been expired more than two years, or you have never had a Texas Driver’s License, click this link here for a list of required documents you will need to obtain your Texas Driver’s License.  

If your driving privileges were suspended for surcharges, click here to go to texas.gov/driver to verify the status of your driving privilege.  You will need your DL/ID number, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number.

If you find that you must visit a Texas Driver’s License Office to obtain your driver’s license, you may be able to get in line online prior to visiting the office.  To find the Texas Driver’s License Office nearest you, click this link to find one

 

Q:  Will I receive a refund for payments I made prior to September 1, 2019?

A:  No.  Payments made on your surcharge accounts prior to September 1, 2019 will not be refunded.  Those payments were collected under the laws in place at that time.  This includes advance payments on surcharge accounts.

 

Q:  Will previous surcharge related suspensions be deleted from my driving history now that DRP is repealed?

A:  No.  As of September 1, 2019, the DRP was repealed, which means that the program has ended.  Any suspensions that resulted from surcharges while the DRP was in effect will remain on your driving history.

 

Q:  I received a notice to pay a surcharge.  Is this still valid?

A:  You were only required to make payments until September 1, 2019.  Verify your status of your Texas Driver’s License by clicking here to go to texas.gov/driver.  You will need your DL/ID number, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number.

 

Q:  What happens if I defaulted on my installment plan?

A:  You still owed the surcharge and your Texas Driver’s License remained suspended until September 1, 2019.  Verify your status of your Texas Driver’s License by clicking here to go to texas.gov/driver.  You will need your DL/ID number, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number.

 

Q:  I submitted an application for a surcharge reduction thorough the Driver Responsibility Indigency / Incentive Reduction Programs.  Do I need to withdraw my application or contact anyone to cancel my request?

A:  No action is required on your part.

 

Q:  I received a DRP Points Advisory / Suspension Notice.  Does the repeal of the DRP affect my points?

A:  The Department of Public Safety will no longer assess DRP points for moving violations.  Any previously assessed points have been removed from your record.

 

Q:  What if I need additional information on other suspensions, fines, or fees?

A:  For more detailed information please click here to visit the Department of Public Safety’s Driver License page.

 

Q:  How do I contact the Department if I have additional questions?

A:  Contact the Driver License Customer Service Center at by clicking here.  You must include your full name, date of birth, driver license or ID card number, and your phone number.

 

Q:  Will this affect any failure to appear holds on my license?

A:  No.  Failure to appear is not related to surcharges.  Under the Failure To Appear / Failure To Pay Program, Texas may deny the renewal of a Texas Driver’s License if you have failed to appear for a citation or failed to satisfy a judgment ordering the payment of a fine.  Your Texas Driver’s License may be denied renewal until the reported citations or violations are cleared and reported to be so by the courts.  You are encouraged to visit the Texas Failure To Appear website by clicking here and check to make sure you don’t have any reported outstanding cases that could prevent your Texas Driver’s License from being renewed.

 

Q:  I have heard about the Real I.D. Act.  Will that effect getting my license back?

A:  If your Texas Driver’s License has been expired for more than two years or you have never had a Texas license, you may need to provide documents required under federal and state law to prove your citizenship / lawful presence, identity, proof of social security number, and residency.  Click this link here for a list of required documents you will need to obtain your Texas Driver’s License.

 

If you still have questions, visit the Texas Department Of Public Safety’s page of Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.

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