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Texas Surcharge Law

On September 01, 2003, the Drivers Responsibility Program instilled a system that allows the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to assign surcharges to citizens who commit certain traffic offenses. A surcharge is a fee that is levied once a year for three years. If a person receives a surcharge, they are notified by mail once it is attached to their driver’s record. Surcharges are in addition to any other payments or fees owed to the DPS, and they do not cancel out a suspension, revocation, denial, disqualification or cancellation from the same conviction prompting the surcharge. Drivers receive surcharges two ways: The Point System and Conviction Based. If a driver accrues both points and convictions, the individual gets a surcharge for each offense ( One for the points and one for the conviction). The DPS reviews surcharge cases annually. You can check the status of your driving record here.

The Offenses

A driver will receive a surcharge if the individual possesses six or more points on their driving record or if the underlying conviction for the surcharge is still within three years. Surcharges are also for the following offenses: Driving While Intoxicated(DWI), No Insurance, Driving While License Invalid (DWLI), and No Driver License. Once a conviction is rendered for their offense, and it is attached a driving record, the person is assigned points and remains on their record for three years from the date of the conviction. The DPS will assess two points for a Texas or out-of-state traffic conviction and three points for a Texas or out-of-state traffic conviction that results in a crash. A person can prevent accumulating points if they decide to take a defensive driving class.

The Payment of Surcharges

The surcharge price varies from case to case; however, there is a general schedule of the surcharge fee. A surcharge can range from $100 to $2000. It is $100 points for the first six points on the driving record and twenty-five dollars for each additional point. The conviction surcharge fee assessment is as follows:

  • 1st DWI: $1,000
  • Subsequent DWI: $1,500
  • DWI with Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.16 or More: $2,000
  • No Insurance: Up to $250
  • DWLI: $250
  • No Driver License: Up to $100

There is a payment processing period of 24 to 48 business hours, and it takes 3-5 business days to update drivers’ records. The DPS offers “Advance Pay” where a driver can pay for the three-year surcharge in one payment. The only surcharges that qualify for the Advance Pay option are DWIs, No Insurance, DWLIs, and Driving without a License. Failure to pay a surcharge will result in a suspended license. The surcharge fees go to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts who uses 99% of the funds for the Trauma Center and the Texas General Revenue Fund. The other 1% goes to the administration of the Driver Responsibility Program.

Points & Surcharge Reduction Programs

The Indigency Program waives the amount of a surcharge for drivers whose household income is or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. On the other hand, the Incentive Program reduces the amount of a surcharge for drivers with income above 125%  and below 300% of the federal poverty. The Court Ordered Indigence Program waives all surcharges related to a particular conviction that occurred in a specific court once indigence is proven; However, the order is invalid if given from a different court. The DPS offers general alternative ways to reduce a surcharge fee. For instance, The Points Reduction Program reduces a point each year a driver does not receive a point of conviction on their driving record. The Military Deferral Program reduce surcharges for active military members deployed or scheduled to deploy within the continental United States. For more information about surcharges, please visit the website here.

MonksLaw Firm

We understand that traffic laws are confusing and overwhelming. That why we feel we are the best team to help through your traffic woes. Our team is professional and are eager to assist you with your case. If you have any questions about our services, please contact us at 713-666-6657 or visit our website here. We also help with more serious crimes and want to be your Pearland TX Criminal Lawyers.

Fun Facts About Pearland

  • Native American hosted their first European visitors in 1528 such as Cabeza de Vaca, La Salle, and even Stephen F. Austin himself.
  • Initially, the region was known as Mark Belt, and the first settlers came in the late 1880s when the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railways were extending their lines. The settlers established the first post office in 1893.
  • Also, in 1893 Polish Nobleman, Captain Wilhelm (William) Zychlinski, enjoyed the pear trees so much, he named the city Pearland. Later, developers advertised the area as the “agricultural Eden.”
  • The city incorporated in 1959, and it began to grow with land and population. The train station closed and was moved off its original site in 1980. The City Hall moved as well in 1987.
  • Pearland’s population was 400 in 1914. However, since Pearland is so close to Houston, the city’s population rapidly expanded from the burst in Houston’s population.
  • Pearland is the largest city in the Brazoria County today and the fastest growing community in the Houston region. There are more than 140 dining choices, and more are opening daily. Also, there is an open-air lifestyle mall named Pearland Town Center. Within the Town Center are name-brand stores, home décor retailers, eclectic boutiques, museum, antique shops, and vintage/resale shops.
  • Pearland is ranked the fastest growing retail market among Texas’ 50 largest retail markets for the last three year according to Texas Retail Survey. This organization ranks cities based on annual retail sales growth rate within five years.
  • For information about this beautiful city, visit the official website here.