Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program

The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program is a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings. The ALR Program applies to individuals arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) and refuse to take or fail a blood or breath test.

Individuals who refuse or fail a blood or breath test following an arrest for DWI may have their driver license suspended from 90 days to 2 years. Refusal or failure of this test will also result in an automatic one-year disqualification for individuals with a commercial driver license.


ALR Process for DWI or BWI

If a law enforcement officer has reason to believe a driver is impaired, a set of field sobriety tests will be administered. If the driver performs poorly on the field sobriety tests then the driver will be arrested for DWI or BWI.

  1. The driver is asked to take a breath or blood test to measure his/her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level.
  2. The driver is served a notice that his/her driver license will be suspended if he/she refuses to take or fails the field sobriety test. (Registering a 0.08 BAC or greater is considered failing.) The individual then has 15 days from the date the suspension notice is served to request a hearing.
    1. If a hearing is not requested, the suspension goes into effect on the 40th day after the notice was served. (This is usually 40 days after the arrest.)
    2. For various reasons, including delayed or missing paperwork, the 40 days can be retroactive or back-dated from the date of notice.
  3. The law enforcement officer will take the individual’s driver license and issue a temporary driving permit.
  4. A $125 Reinstatement fee is required prior to the renewal or issuance of a driver license.

Hearings for ALR

In certain circumstances, individuals may be eligible to request a hearing for an administrative license revocation (ALR) to contest the suspension of their driver license. If the request is submitted within the required 15 days, DPS will send a letter to the individual to the address on record. The letter will provide the date, time and location of the hearing. Please allow up to 120 days for the hearing to be scheduled. Requests made after the required 15 days will be denied and the individual will be notified by mail.

Hearings are conducted by the State Office of Administrative Hearings.  When the hearing is held, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will listen to all parties’ evidence.  After the hearing, the ALJ will issue a final, appealable decision and order that will be sent to the parties.  If the ALJ finds that DPS has proven its case, the ALJ’s order will authorize a suspension of the individual’s driver license.  If the ALJ finds that DPS has not proven its case, the individual’s driver license will not be suspended. 


ALR Hearing Appeals

NOTE: If you have already been through the administrative hearing process and the decision resulted in the suspension of your driver license, you may be eligible to appeal that decision.


Periods of Driver License Suspension (Adults)

An individual's driver license will be suspended under the following circumstances.

  1. The individual refused to provide a blood or breath specimen following an arrest for an offense prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle or watercraft while intoxicated, while under the influence of alcohol, or while under the influence of a controlled substance. 

    First Offense:  180 Days

    Repeat Offense: If previously suspended for failing or refusing a blood or breath test, or for a DWI, Intoxication Assault, or Intoxication Manslaughter conviction during the 10 years preceding the date of arrest the suspension period is 2 Years

  2. The individual provided a blood or breath specimen with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater, following an arrest for an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle or watercraft while intoxicated. 

    First Offense: 90 Days

    Repeat Offense: If previously suspended for failing or refusing a blood or breath test OR previously suspended for a DWI, Intoxication Assault, or Intoxication Manslaughter conviction during the 10 years preceding the date of arrest the suspension period is 1 year.


Periods of Disqualification for a Commercial Driver License (CDL)

A CDL will be disqualified for one year under the following circumstances.

  1. The individual refused to provide a blood or breath specimen to determine the concentration of alcohol or the presence of a controlled substance while operating a commercial motor vehicle in a public place; or
  2. While operating a motor vehicle in a public place, the individual provided a blood or breath specimen that showed an alcohol concentration of:
  • 0.04 or more (commercial vehicle only)
  • 0.08 or more (any vehicle)
  • 0.10 or more (any vehicle)

A CDL will be disqualified for three years from transporting hazardous material under the following circumstances.

  1. The individual refused to provide a blood or breath specimen to determine the concentration of alcohol or the presence of a controlled substance while operating a commercial motor vehicle transporting a hazardous material required to be placarded (displayed).
  2. While transporting hazardous material required to be placarded (displayed), the individual provided a blood or breath specimen that showed an alcohol concentration of:
  • 0.04 or more (commercial vehicle only)
  • 0.08 or more (any vehicle)
  • 0.10 or more (any vehicle)

Periods of Driver License Suspension (Minors Under 21 Years of Age)

A minor's driver license will be suspended under the following circumstances:

  1. The minor refused to provide a blood or breath specimen following an arrest for an offense prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle or watercraft while intoxicated, while under the influence of alcohol, or while under the influence of a controlled substance.

    First Offense: 180 Days

    Repeat Offense: If previously suspended for failing or refusing a blood or breath test OR previously suspended for a DWI, Intoxication Assault, or Intoxication Manslaughter conviction during the 10 years preceding the date of arrest the suspension period is 2 years.

  2. The minor provided a blood or breath specimen or a detectable amount of alcohol was found following an arrest for an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

    First Offense involving alcohol: 60 Days

    Second Offense: If previously convicted of an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol the suspension period is 120 Days

    Third Offense: If previously convicted two or more times of an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol the suspension period is 180 Days.

  3. The minor was not requested to provide a blood or breath specimen following the arrest for an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle because the presence of alcohol was detected or measured by other means.

    First offense involving alcohol: 60 Days

    Second Offense: If previously convicted of an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol the suspension period is 120 Days.

    Third Offense: If previously convicted two or more times of an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol the suspension period is 180 Days.


Driver Eligibility Status

For individuals who are required to submit compliance documents (i.e. certificate of completion, SR-22, pay fines, etc.), their driver eligibility status can be checked on the License Eligibility website.

Note: Use the button below to find out which classes you will need to take with us to get your license back in order to fulfill the requirements of your license reinstatement. Alamo City Education Services, Inc. sends all DWI Education and DWI Intervention certificates directly to DPS within 10 business days of course completion.


DPS Mailing Address, Fax Number and Phone

Required documents can be submitted by mail or fax. Individuals should write their name, date of birth and driver license number on all documents so their record can be properly identified.

Mailing Address:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Enforcement and Compliance Service
P.O. Box 4040
Austin, TX 78765-4040

Fax Number: 512-424-2650

Phone Number: 800-394-9913 (ALR only)


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Talk to your attorney about your ALR hearing and license reinstatement procedures.