How Surcharges Are Assessed In Texas

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Many people find themselves a part of the surcharge program without any knowledge on how it resulted.  This is intended to explain the surcharge system and how to avoid it.

There are a few ways that a person can become part of the surcharge program.  First, if you are convicted of certain traffic related offenses, you will automatically be placed in the surcharge system.  An example of some of the charges that will cause an automatic surcharge to be assessed is listed below:

Type of Conviction
Surcharge
Per year for 3 years
1st Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Offense
Texas or out-of state conviction
$1,000
Subsequent DWI 
Texas or out-of state conviction
$1,500
DWI with blood alcohol concentration of 0.16 or more
Texas or out-of state conviction
$2,000
No Insurance $250
Driving While License Invalid
For example: license is canceled, suspended, or revoked
$250
No Driver License
For example: no driver license, expired license, no commercial driver license, or endorsement violations
$100

Other ways of becoming part of the surcharge program are through multiple convictions for moving violations.  For example getting too many speeding ticket convictions over a 3 year period.  This will cause surcharges to be assessed in the amount of $100.00 for the first 6 points assessed and an extra $25.00 for each point thereafter.

If you think you may have a surcharge issue that could be suspending your license we encourage you to visit the Texas DPS website to determine what the status of your license is in.  To do a background check on yourself click here.

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