Texas DPS Driver Responsibility Amnesty Program

Start the New Year off Right! Is your driver license currently suspended because you still owe surcharges and haven’t been able to make payments? Make your New Year’s resolution to pay them off!

The Texas Department of Public Safety will provide an Amnesty period to offer lower payments for individuals whose driving privileges have been suspended and are in default on their surcharges. The goal of the Amnesty period is to bring drivers into compliance with the surcharge law, and allow them to become licensed and insured drivers.

Surcharges are in addition to all other reinstatement fees required for other administrative actions and do not replace any administrative suspension, revocation, disqualification or cancellation action that results from these same convictions. The amnesty reduction does not apply to any other fees that you may owe the Department of Public Safety.

When will Amnesty begin?
bulletIt will be offered from January 17 to April 17, 2011.
bulletApplications will only be accepted through April 7, 2011.
bulletAmnesty will not apply to any surcharges assessed after January 15, 2011.

Who will be eligible for Amnesty?
bulletAnyone who has an unpaid surcharge that was assessed between September 30, 2004 and December 31, 2008.
bulletAt least one of the surcharge(s) meeting the above criteria must be in default prior to the Amnesty period.

How will I be able to apply?
bulletA simple application will be available online at HERE or by telephone at 1 (877) 207-3170
bulletNo applications will be accepted by mail, email or fax; this includes contacts made to Municipal Services Bureau or the Department of Public Safety
bulletNo applications will be accepted by DPS

How much will I have to pay under Amnesty?
bulletYour surcharge amounts will be reduced to 10% of the original amount owed for all of your surcharges combined
bulletThe maximum amount to pay will be $250
bulletService fees will still apply to the reduced amount
bulletAny payments made prior to the Amnesty Program will be applied to the reduced amount
bulletIf prior payments are more than the reduced amount owed, no payment will be required
bulletPrior payments that are more than the reduced amount owed will not be refunded

What else do I need to do?
bulletOnce your online or telephone application is approved, the surcharge suspensions will be cleared on your driving record within 3 business days.
bulletDuring the application process, you will be provided the reduced amount to pay and can begin making payments after 3 business days.
bulletA letter will also be mailed to you confirming your approval and providing the reduced amount to pay and the final date that the payment must be received
bulletIf you make partial payments, reminder notices will not be sent, but you can check your remaining Amnesty balance 24/7 online at www.txsurchargeonline.com or by telephone at 1 (877) 207-3170
bulletIf payment in full is not received by April 17, 2011, the Amnesty reduction is voided, all surcharge balances revert to the amounts owed prior to Amnesty, and the suspensions are put back on the driving record.