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Administrative License Revocation (ALR)

The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program is a civil administrative process requiring the Department to suspend and/or disqualify your driver license if you are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) when you:

 

  • Refuse to take or fail to complete a blood or breath test, or
  • Provide a blood or breath test that registers a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more while driving a non-commercial motor vehicle, or
  • Provide a blood or breath test that registers a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04% or more while driving a commercial motor vehicle.

The suspension of your driving privilege under the ALR program is unrelated to the criminal court proceedings for DWI or BWI. Additional information can be found in Texas Transportation Code Chapters 524 and 724.

ALR Process for DWI or BWI

If a law enforcement officer has reason to believe you are impaired, a set of field sobriety tests will be administered. If you fail the field sobriety tests you will be arrested for DWI or BWI.

 

  • You will be asked to take a breath or blood test to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. If you refuse to take or fail the field sobriety tests, your driver license will be suspended and/or disqualified.
  • If you consent to a law enforcement officer's request to a blood test, you will keep your driver license until the BAC results are received by the Department. If the results indicate you provided a specimen above the legal limit, your driver license will be suspended and/or disqualified.
  • A $125 Reinstatement fee is required prior to the renewal or issuance of your driver license, in addition to paying any other outstanding fees owed.

Hearings for ALR

In certain circumstances, you may be eligible to request a hearing to contest the suspension/disqualification of your driver license. You may request a hearing within 15 days of being served notice. The Department will process your request and respond to you at your address on record or the address you provide with your hearing request. This letter will provide the date, time and location of your hearing. Please allow up to 120 days for this hearing to be scheduled.

All ALR hearings are held by the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will listen to all parties’ evidence and make a final determination of driver license suspension. If the ALJ finds that the Department has proven its case, the ALJ’s order will authorize the suspension of your driver license. If the ALJ finds that the Department has not proven its case, your driver license will not be suspended. Upon conclusion of the hearing, the ALJ will issue a decision that may be appealed and notification of the order will be sent to the parties.

Suspension Periods

If you are 21 years of age or older and your driver license is suspended for ALR, the following period of suspension will apply:

  1. Refusal 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 a controlled substance:
    180 Days – First Offense
     
    2 Years – If you have been previously suspended for failing or refusing a blood or breath test or for a conviction of DWI, Intoxication Assault, or Intoxication Manslaughter during the 10 years preceding the date of your arrest.
     
  2. Provide 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:
    90 Days – First Offense
     
    1 Year – If you have been previously suspended for failing or refusing a blood or breath test or for a conviction of DWI, Intoxication Assault, or Intoxication Manslaughter during the 10 years preceding the date of your arrest.

If you are a minor (younger than 21 years of age) and your driver license is suspended for ALR, the following period of suspension will apply:

  1. Refusal 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 a controlled substance:
    180 Days – First Offense
     
    2 Years – If you have been previously suspended for failing or refusing a blood or breath test or for a conviction of DWI, Intoxication Assault, or Intoxication Manslaughter during the 10 years preceding the date of your arrest.
     
  2. Failed a blood or breath test or a detectable amount of alcohol was found following an arrest for an offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
    60 Days – First offense
     
    120 Days – If you have been previously suspended for failing or refusing a blood or breath test or for a conviction of DWI, Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter or Drug Offense during the 10 years preceding the date of your arrest.
     
    180 Days – For two or more of any combination of the following: previous suspensions for failing or refusing a blood or breath test and/or convictions of DWI, Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter or Drug Offense during the 10 years preceding the date of your arrest.
     
  3. You were 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.
    60 Days – First offense
     
    120 Days – If you have been previously suspended for failing or refusing a blood or breath test or for a conviction of DWI, Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter or Drug Offense during the 10 years preceding the date of your arrest.
     
    180 Days – For two or more of any combination of the following: previous suspensions for failing or refusing a blood or breath test and/or convictions of DWI, Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter or Drug Offense during the 10 years preceding the date of your arrest.
     
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