Texas DPS Driver Responsibility Program Offers Amnesty on Unpaid Surcharges

By | February 9, 2011

Some of my clients (and their friends) are mired in the “Driver Responsibility Program” aka “surcharges.” You need to know that there is, potentially, a pretty sweet deal out there, if your driver license has been suspended because you haven’t been paying your surcharges.

FOR A LIMITED TIME (until April 7), you may be eligible for a one-time amnesty that could cut your payment to 10% of what you owe—UP TO $250! In other words, even if you owe $10,000, you will only pay $250, plus reinstatement fees.

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for you to take advantage of this program if you are eligible. You can get your driver license back—and fairly inexpensively. But if you don’t act now, you’ll lose any opportunity to get it back so cheaply.

Here’s how it works:

You might be eligible if you had a surcharge assessed between Sept. 30, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2008, and you haven’t been making your payments. (If you made some payments early on, and then stopped, what you’ve already paid will count towards that $250!)

To apply, or check on whether you’re eligible, check their website at Texas DPS Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program or call 1-877-207-3170. You must sign up by April 7, and all payments have to be completed by April 17, 2011.

DON’T DELAY! The DPS has already said that once the amnesty period ends, they won’t be offering another amnesty period.