Indigency Program

The Texas Legislature authorized the Indigency Program to give individuals the opportunity to pay surcharges owed under the Driver Responsibility Program and still maintain their driving privileges.

For individuals who apply and qualify, for the Indigency Program:

  1. Waives the surcharge suspension and fees for those individuals who are making payments; individuals who have an enforcement action other than a surcharge suspension are still not eligible to drive.

Individuals who participate in this program will still owe the full amount of all other applicable reinstatement fees.

Apply for Indigency

To apply for indigency, individuals must submit an application and provide supporting documentation. An application must be fully completed, signed, and notarized before it can be processed.

You can apply online and download an application at  or call 866-223-3583 to have an application mailed.

Submitting Documentation

Based on the answers that were provided to the questions in the application, some individuals may have to submit any or all the following items:

NOTE: Submitting false information may result in criminal charges and prosecution.

Approval or Denial of Application

The determination of eligibility is made by the Department or its designee.  A notice will be mailed to each individual who qualifies for the waived surcharges.

If an individual is denied indigency, a letter of denial will be mailed to the address listed on the most recent surcharge account.

Federal Poverty Guidelines

The Indigency Program applies to individuals living at or below 125% of the federal poverty level.

125% of the 2016 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Persons in
125% 125% 125%
48 Contiguous States Alaska Hawaii
1 $11,800.00 $14,840.00 $13,670.00
2 $16,020.00 $20,020.00 $18,430.00
3 $20,160.00 $25,200.00 $23,190.00
4 $24,300.00 $30,380.00 $27,950.00
5 $28,440.00 $35,560.00 $32,710.00
6 $32,580.00 $40,740.00 $37,470.00
7 $36,730.00 $45,920.00 $42,230.00
8 $40,890.00 $51,120.00 $47,010.00
For each additional $4,160.00 $5,200.00 $4,780.00

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 25, 2016