Section 17: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

November 18, 2020

DWI Probated

1. What will happen if I do not complete my probation?

Failure to complete your probated sentence may result in further action from the court.

2. How long does my DWI education course need to be and can it be taken online?

If this is your first offense, you will need to complete a 12-hour DWI education course. The course requirement for a repeat offender is 32 hours long. Online courses are NOT acceptable compliance for either course.

DWI Non-Probated

1. Will I be required to take a DWI education course?

The requirement to take a DWI education course is determined by the court.

2. I no longer live in Texas. What do I need to do to comply with my DWI education course requirement?

You will need to take a comparable DWI education course that is acceptable in your new state of residence and lasts for at least half of the 12 or 32-hour requirement. Our Enforcement and Compliance Service will review the education certificate to determine whether or not it is acceptable. NOTE: Online courses are NOT acceptable.

DWI Under 21

1. How long do DWI suspensions last?

If this is your first offense, the suspension can last for up to one (1) year. A second offense will result in an 18-month suspension.

2. Why am I being suspended if I am a minor and I was under the BAC limit?

Any detection of alcohol in a minor's system will subject them to an automatic suspension of their driving privileges per Texas Transportation Code 521.342.

3. The judge said that my license would not be suspended, so why is there a suspension on my driver record?

Any detection of alcohol in a minor's system will subject them to an automatic suspension of their driving privileges per Texas Transportation Code 521.342.

4. 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.