The Texas Department of Public Safety has recently implemented an Amnesty Program for people who are deliquent in surcharge fees. The Amnesty Program began on January 17, 2011 and will end on April 17, 2011. Anyone who has an unpaid surcharge fee that was assessed between September 30, 2004 and December 31, 2008 will be eligible to apply for Amnesty. The surcharge fee must be in default prior to the Amnesty period for a person to be eligible. You can apply for Amnesty through the Municipal Services Bureau website at www.txsurchargeonline.com or by telephone at 1.877.207.3170.
Under the Amnesty program, a person’s delinquent surcharge amount will be reduced to 10% of the original amount owed for all of the surcharge fees combined with the maximum amount set at $250. You will still be responsible for paying service fees and any payment that you made prior to the Amnesty Program will be applied. If you have already paid more than the reduced amount owed, no payment will be required though prior payments made that are more than the reduced amount will not be refunded to you. Once your application is approved, the surcharge suspension will be cleared on your driving record within 3 days. The Amnesty reduction will be voided if fees are not paid by April 17, 2011 and the suspension will be put back on your driving record.
This is a great opportunity for people with current license suspensions due to surcharge defaults. For any questions regarding the Amnesty Program, the Municipal Services Bureau can be contacted at 1.877.207.3170.