If you have been arrested for DWI in Texas, chances are that your Driver’s License was confiscated before you were released from jail. In that case, you should also have been given several other pieces of paperwork, including a form called the DIC-25.

The DIC-25 is titled “Notice of Suspension” and “Temporary Driving Permit”. Your license is not immediately suspended, as many folks think. Instead this piece of paper serves as your temporary driver’s license. (In Austin DWI cases, the forms are usually yellow.)

About halfway down the page, in a box is some text:

If your Texas driver license was confiscated, this document will serve as your temporary dirving permit. It is subject to the same restrictions and endorsements as your Texas driver license. If you hold a commercial driver license, this permit authorizes the operation of commercial motor vehicles. This permit does not provide you with any driving privileges if you do not have a Texas driver license or if your Texas driver license is expired, suspended, revoked, cancelled, or disqualified. This permit is valid for 40 days from the date of service shown below. If you request a hearing, this permit will remain in effect until the administrative law judge makes a final decision in your case.

So this form is a substitute for your Texas DL. But I usually advise clients to run down to DPS and apply for a Texas ID card. It looks virtually identical to a DL, and you don’t want to wait until you need to get on an airplane to figure out that picture ID’s are useful.

Also, it’s common for folks to ask me whether this permit is good beyond the 40 days. The answer is in two parts:

(a) No, it is only good for 40 days, if you did not request a hearing to contest the suspension within 15 days of the arrest.

(b) If you requested a hearing, then, as the text says “the permit will remain in effect until the administrative law judge makes a final decision” in the ALR hearing. If you hired a DWI lawyer within the time limit, they will usually do this for you. (Although, you should probably ask.)

  • Shannon Conway

    Ok, I was arrested for DWI, first time offender. I did provide a breath speciman and was over the legal limit. I spent 12 hours in jail, got out on a personal bond. When I got home and was going through my things that were in my car, I noticed that my TDL was missing. Upon looking up research on this (your web-site) I found out that I guess upon my release they were suppose to give me this DIC-25 Notice of Suspension form. I never got this form and I’m trying to figure out now, how to obtain it. I find your web-site very helpful and hope you can provide me with answers as to how to obtain this form.

  • tammy jennings

    I to was not issued a DIC-25 notice of suspension form when I was released How do I go about obtaining this form Thank you

  • Matthew M.

    I was arrested for DWI on 01/23/11 and was asked to take some of the sobriety test and on the last one about lifting your right foot 6 inches off the ground, I simply asked how long it needed to keep my foot up in the air, because I am a big guy and that I do not have the best balance and I did not want to seem drunk and his answer was, “As long as I want you to.” Long story short, I was not asked to do a breath test. I have to admit I got a little angry when he did not give me a straight answer when I asked him politely twice, but I digress. Upon release I was not given any paperwork and they actually try to give me another matthew paperwork that I signed off on before I noticed it was not mine. What steps can I take in this case to get that paperwork and is it wrong that I did not get any paperwork or if they can not find it?

  • mario

    what does DIC the dps form stand for????

  • ericka torres

    I got arrested I got charged with DUI . I was going thru my things and found that they gave me a dic 24 but I have my license and I didn’t refuse to sign