ODL Restrictions: Limit On Where You Can Drive
Over the last few weeks we have received numerous calls from potential clients seeking to obtain an occupational license in order to drive out of state. The issue is whether the occupational license is valid out of the State of Texas. According to the Texas Transportation Code, an occupational license must specify the areas or routes of travel the petitioner of the occupational license is requesting. It does not limit the driver to Texas only; however, it does not state that a person has free will to travel as needed. Rather, the route must be specified in the order and any violation of the order could be a criminal violation resulting in arrest and prosecution.
Our experience is that a judge will allow a petitioner to operate in the county where the person lives and the surrounding counties as necessary. Any other county will need to be specified. Therefore, a judge may be pursuaded to allow out of state driving if the petitioner can specify each and every county the person will travel while they use the occupational license. Or, a judge may allow out of state travel if the person can specify the route in the order sufficiently for the judge to agree to it’s inclusion.
While we have yet to come across the need to pursue such a request with an occupational license, we believe it is only a matter of time before the issue arises. When we do address the issue, we will update this blog or create a new blog with our new information. In the meantime, we feel free to contact our office regarding your specific occupational license needs.
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