ODL Restrictions: Insurance is Mandatory
It is undisputed that in order to obtain an occupational license, the petitioner must provide proof of valid liability automobile insurance. Specifically, the occupational license statutes require that the petitioner provide insurance which complies with section 601 of the Texas Transportation Code. More specifically, the statutes require the judge to order that insurance be provided in the judges findings and restrictions. Furthermore, the statutes require the insurance before the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) can issue an occupational license to a person.
Typically, judges require that a petitioner provide proof of SR-22 liability insurance. SR-22 insurance is a special insurance policy which is verified by the insurance company directly to DPS on the holder’s behalf. If the policy holder fails to maintain the policy or if there is any other lapse in coverage, then the insurance company reports directly to DPS of the problem. Some other attorneys have stated that SR-22 is not required by all judges. However, our experience in thousands of occupational license applications and hearings with judges has been the opposite. Every judge we have encountered has required the more restrictive SR-22 insurance as part of the petition.
Even if there may be a judge who does not require SR-22, we encourage our clients to not take a chance and obtain the coverage anyway. It is better to be safe than sorry and gamble at the chance the judge will deny the petition.
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