Unfortunately, DPS has ended their Amnesty Program with no plan on offering another amnesty period in the future BUT you may still have a chance to catch a break on surcharge fees. The Texas Legislature recently authorized an Indigency program that will provide drivers with a chance to pay surcharge fees owed and maintain driving privileges. The Indigency program will not eliminate surcharge fees entirely but will reduce the surcharge fee amount.
The DPS Indigency Program was authorized for individuals living at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. All individuals interested in the program will have to complete an application with will include a signed/notarized affidavit.
Once an application is approved for the Indigency program, DPS will reduce the amount of surcharge fees owed by 10%, not to exceed $250. DPS will remove the suspension from the individuals driver’s license while payments are being made.
If you have any surcharge fees assessed on or after September 30, 2004, you are eligible for the reduction provided you are approved by DPS.
To Apply: Fill out and submit to DPS the application including the affidavit (affidavit must be signed and notarized) provided below. You can also call DPS at (866) 223-3583 and have the application mailed to your residence. I have also provided a link below to the DPS website which will provide you with addition, more detailed instruction.
NOTE: Inmates may also apply for the Indigency program. There is a link to an unsworn declaration (for inmates only) included on the DPS surcharge website and at the link below.
Poverty Level Chart (Health and Human Services Department):
Texas DPS Indigency Program:
Texas DPS Indigency Application, Instructions and Affidavit:
Texas DPS Surcharge Website:
NOTE: Tyler Flood is a DWI Defense Attorney in Houston who is providing helpful information for individuals who may qualify for the Texas DPS Surcharge Indigency Program. The Firm, unfortunately, cannot help process applications or answer any further questions. Please contact the Texas Department of Public Safety Municipal Services Bureau (MSB) at (800) 688-6882. Agents are available from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 6 pm Friday, and 8 am to 12 pm Saturday. You can also email the MSB by click on the link below and filling out the provided form.