Texas DPS Driver Responsibility Programs: Indigence & Incentive
The Driver Responsibility Indigency Program and Incentive Program give drivers the ability to comply with surcharges owed under the Driver Responsibility Program and maintain driving privileges. The surcharges are waived under the Indigency Program, but under the Incentive Program, the surcharges aren’t waived, but they are reduced. The purpose of these programs is to make allow drivers to become licensed, obtain financial liability insurance, and keep our roads safe.
How to apply for a surcharge reduction at TXSURCHARGEONLINE.COM
Applying for a surcharge fee reduction is simple, just follow these steps on how to apply at TXSURCHARGEONLINE.com. The surcharge reduction program only helps drivers who are facing suspension for non-payment of surcharge fees. Providing any false information on your surcharge reduction application can result in criminal penalties. You will need to be able to provide proper financial documentation for the purpose of your application. Proper financial documentation can include tax returns, bank statements, copies of paychecks, social security benefits, VA benefits and unemployment benefits.
- Check your License Eligibility online.
- You complete the application online at TXSURCHARGEONLINE.COM.
- You can have an application mailed to you by calling 866-223-3583.
Indigency Program by the Texas DPS Driver Responsibility Program
Indigency Program Chart
125% of the 2016 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Indigency Program: The Indigency Program is for those who are living at or below 125% of the federal poverty level, defined annually by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. For approved applicants, surcharges will be waived with accounts totaling a zero balance.
Incentive Program by the Texas DPS Driver Responsibility Program
Incentive Program Chart
300% of the 2016 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Incentive Program: The Incentive Program is for those who are living above 125%, but are below 300% federal poverty level. The federal poverty level is defined annually by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Applicants who are approved for the Incentive Program will have their surcharge fees reduced by 50% of the total assessed amount (service fees apply).
After being approved for a reduction under the Incentive program, individuals must pay the reduced balance in full within six (6) months. During this period al surcharge suspensions will be lifted. If the balance isn’t paid in full by the due date, driving privileges will be suspended until the reduced balance is paid in full.
The Indigency Program and Incentive Program will not remove other suspensions on the driving record.
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