The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has created 2 programs to ease the burden of DRP surcharges on those living at or below a certain percentage of the federal poverty level. These programs do not waive surcharges but offer the opportunity for costs to be reduced in hopes of allowing the driver to continue to be licensed.
The DRP Indigency Program is intended to aid those living at or below 125% of the federal poverty level as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services. If approved, surcharges will be reduced to 10% of the total amount assessed not to exceed $250.
The DRP Incentive Program is intended for individuals living above the 125% but below the 300% federal poverty level. If approved, applicants will see their surcharges reduced by 50%.
Either program must pay the reduced balance in full within six (6) months. All surcharge suspensions will be lifted during this period. If the individual does not pay the balance in full by the due date, his or her driving privileges will be suspended until the reduced balance is paid in full. These programs will not remove other suspensions on the driving record.
Until written notice of approval is received all applicants must continue to pay their minimum monthly payments to avoid license suspension. Applicants must submit supporting documents to correlate with all claims on the application. Applications found to contain fraudulent information may result in criminal penalties.
Online notices will be available 10 -14 business days after the completed application is submitted. If applied for by mail, written notices take up to 60 days after the completed application is submitted.
If additional surcharges are assessed within 90 calendar days of approval, those surcharges will be automatically reduced and a letter will be sent with the new balance due. The original due date remains the same. If new surcharges are assessed 90 days or more after the reduction approval, a new application will be required
[i] Texas Department of Public Safety, “Driver Responsibility Program”
Austin, TX: 2014, Texas Department of Public Safety