Driver Responsibility Program The DRP Chronicles: Conviction Based Surcharges

The DRP Chronicles: Conviction Based Surcharges

In a previous article we explored the first tier of the two-tier system that the Department of Public Safety (DPS) uses to gauge how much one has to pay in surcharges. Now we will delve into the second level – conviction based surcharges. Unlike the point system, with conviction based surcharges the amount one has to pay is predetermined based on the type of conviction.

Since these specified offenses come with an automatic surcharge, they do not count as points on one’s driving record. Although there isn’t a corresponding point value, these offenses come at a greater cost to those convicted.

Type of Conviction

Surcharge Amount

1st Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) OffenseTexas or out-of state conviction for DWI, Intoxication Assault or Manslaughter

$1,000

Subsequent DWI OffenseTexas or out-of state conviction for DWI, Intoxication Assault or Manslaughter

$1,500

DWI with Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.16 or MoreTexas or out-of state conviction

$2,000

No Insurance

$250

Driving While License Invalid (DWLI)Driver license is canceled, suspended, denied or revoked

$250

No Driver LicenseNo driver license or commercial driver license, an expired license or endorsement violation(s)

$100

Conviction Based surcharges are reported by the court to DPS directly. Therefore, there are often delays between the date of conviction and the date on which the conviction is actually posted to a driver’s driving record.

 [i] Texas Department of Public Safety, “Driver Responsibility Program”
Austin, TX: 2014, Texas Department of Public Safety
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