Texas Driver Responsibility Program Repealed as of Sept. 1
The Texas Department of Public Safety says the Driver Responsibility Program or DRP was repealed under HB 2048 during the 86th Legislature and will end on Sept. 1, 2019. According to a DPS press release on Tuesday, DRP was initially created on Sept. 1, 2003, to establish a system to assess a surcharge based on a driver’s traffic offenses. Surcharges were assessed on an individual’s driving record by points or convictions.
As of August 2, more than 1.4 million drivers were suspended under DRP. On Sept. 1, when DRP is repealed, all existing DRP surcharge assessments and suspensions will be waived, and no additional surcharges or suspensions related to DRP will be assessed after that date.
Earlier this summer, all individuals in the DRP program were sent letters notifying them of the status of the program and what steps they may need to take regarding their additional, non-DRP related fines or suspensions.
Drivers with non-DRP suspensions, fines or fees are still responsible to pay them, and can check the status of their driving privilege or pay reinstatement fees by visiting texas.gov and searching “Driver License Eligibility” in the search bar. To check the status, drivers will need their driver license or ID number, date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security number. Records are updated daily.
For more information about the repeal of DRP, see the DPS website FAQs page. For additional questions, you can email DRPRepeal@dps.texas.gov. You must include your full name, date of birth, driver license or identification card number, and phone number.