At least 1.9 million Texans have lost their drivers licenses due to not paying surcharges under the Driver Responsibility Program. Recently the Texas House passed legislation (HB 588) allowing the Department of Public Safety to encourage drivers to pay off their surcharge obligations up front instead of over a three-year period. Read about the incentive program here. As we all know, just because the House passes it, doesn’t mean the Governor will sign off on the legislation.
If this legislation is implemented, drivers will be able to pay a percentage of the three years worth of surcharges in a one-time sum. These rules were originally drafted when the Amnesty and Indigence programs was approved to help people save money on paying tickets, but were not immediately put into effect.
The Driver Responsibility Program was established to assess surcharges based on certain traffic offenses that occurred on or after September 1, 2003. These surcharges (administrative fees) charged to a driver are either point system or conviction based and are in addition to all other reinstatement fees. Point system surcharges are based on moving traffic violation convictions, while conviction-based surcharges include Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), DWI- Subsequent Offense, DWI w/blood alcohol concentration of 0.16 or more (Texas or out-of state conviction), No Insurance, Driving While License Invalid or No Driver License. Read further details here.
HB 588 is now on its way to the Senate.
If have questions you should contact and experienced Texas Traffic Attorney.