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Did You Forget To Pay A Ticket?

Did You Forget To Pay A Ticket?

  • April 28th, 2015
  • Cheryl McGirr
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Driving While License Invalid (DWLI)– if it happens to you once – you get a ticket.  If it happens again – guess what?  You can go to jail!  It’s a Class B Misdemeanor when someone has previously been convicted for a variety of offenses, including driving while license invalid, DWI, and failure to provide insurance.  There is some pending legislation to change all the rules surrounding this area of the law, but even if some changes are made.  One of the best things you can do is make sure your license is clear.

Many people don’t know that their license to drive can become suspended for a variety reasons –

  • Alcohol offenses
  • Drug offenses
  • Traffic offenses
  • Failure to provide insurance
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Failure to pay fines for previous violations
  • Outstanding warrants

This is a very simplistic overview, and really, the reasons are more detailed that most people want to know unless it’s applicable to them in particular.  So – how can you find out if your license has been suspended?

First, you should have received a notice.  But those notices go to the address listed on your driver’s license.  Although the law requires you to change that information within 30 days of moving, there are SO many people who just forget to do it.  So, maybe you didn’t see the notice.  Tough luck – you’re still held responsible for knowing your license is suspended.

Second, it’s SUPER easy to check as long as you can access the internet!  And if you’re reading this blog, you can just click on this link or type the web address into your browsers’ address window:  https://txapps.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/dleligibility/login.do.  If you’re license is clear, after you input your information, you’ll see this (except it will be your name, not mine):


Picture of Texas license eligibility McGirr Law Cedar Park Williamson County Traffic  Family


If you have something you need to do to get your license back, the requirements will be listed.  The other site you have to check is:  http://www.texasfailuretoappear.com/search.php  Enter your information here and you will be able to see if you forgot to pay a ticket.  It’s really not unusual.  Some very smart Texans have forgotten to take care of a speeding ticket.  This web site will let you know if that’s you and allow you to click through some related websites and in most cases, clear the violation.  A few days later, DPS should receive the updated info and you should be able to reinstate your license.  Along with the requisite fee of course.

What did you expect?  It is the government.  Of course they will collect a fee.



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