[2019 Session] Eliminate Automatic License Suspensions for Drug Offenses

Policy Background

A person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony drug offense in Texas will automatically have his or her driver’s license suspended for a period of six months – an overly punitive penalty that fails to relate to the offense, and which makes it more challenging to meet work, school, family, and, importantly, probation obligations. Enforcing this policy also diverts police attention and resources from actual public safety hazards on the roads, and it creates a heavy administrative burden to implement. To have the license reinstated, a person must pay a fee and successfully complete a 15-hour drug education program on the dangers of drug abuse.1

Proposed Solution

Repeal sections in the Texas Transportation Code that automatically suspend a person’s driver’s license on final conviction of a drug offense or other offense under the Controlled Substances Act.

Relevant Bills

Other Bills Related to Driver’s License Suspensions

1 Texas Transportation Code §521.372 – §521.374.