Section 13: Drug Education

November 18, 2020

1. Can I complete my drug education requirement by taking the course online?

No, an online course is not acceptable compliance for a drug education requirement. Approved Drug Education Program classes may be located through the Texas Department of License and Regulation.

2. If I am convicted of a drug offense, what do I need to do in order to lift the suspension?

You must complete a 15-hour state approved drug education course, obtain an SR-22 from your insurance company and maintain it for 2 years from the date of conviction for your drug offense. For further information, please visit our webpages on Drug or Controlled Substance Offenses and Reinstating Your Driver License.

3. Is the drug education course mandatory for all drug offenses?

Yes. Once the course is taken a certificate of completion must be provided to DPS to comply with the education course requirement. For more information, please visit our webpage on Reinstating Your Driver License.

4. I have moved to another state. Am I still required to take a drug education course?

Yes. You are still required to take a comparable drug education course that is acceptable in your new state of residence and lasts for at least half of the 15-hour requirement.  Once submitted, ECS will review the education certificate to determine whether or not it is acceptable. NOTE: Online courses are NOT acceptable. Visit the Reinstating Your Driver License page, to find ways to submit your compliance.

5. If I am convicted of a drug offense, will I be required to pay a reinstatement fee?

Yes.  For more information, please visit our webpage on Reinstating Your Driver License.  

6. After my court appearance, I refrained from driving for the entire time required by the court. Why is the department suspending my driving privileges for an additional amount of time?

The department is required to administer all driver license suspensions in accordance to Texas Transportation Code Subchapter P.  You can check your driving eligibility and pay any reinstatement fees on our Driver License Eligibility webpage.

7. Why do I have to wait 21 business days for my education certificate to be processed?

Due to the volume of compliance documentation received by the Department, it may take up to 21 business days for a document to be processed.

8. What are the ways that I can submit compliance for a suspension caused by a drug offense?

Compliance must be submitted in one of the following ways:

Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Fax: (512) 424-2848
  • Email: Driver Improvement
  • Mail: Texas Department of Public Safety
            ATTN: ECS
            PO Box 4087
            Austin, TX 78773

9. Will one certificate cover all of my drug education requirements?

Yes, one drug education certificate can cover all drug offenses on the record if the course was completed after the date of the most recent conviction. Visit the Reinstating Your Driver License page, to find ways to submit your compliance.

10. I still cannot find the answer to my question, what do I do?

If you do not find the answer to your question listed here within our FAQ's, you can always contact our Customer Service Center for assistance.