For starters, the relevant agency to obtain information on the license will be the Texas Department of Public Safety. They handle the issuance and suspension of the TxDL.
Other factors to determine will be where the accident occurred and whether any State property was damaged. I have seen many clients who had not only a claim by the traditional insurance avenues but also a claim for damages associated with guard rails, light posts and various signs.
Chapter 521 is the current iteration of the Transportation Code that addresses driving privileges
in the State of Texas, although 15 years ago, it was probably somewhere around Section 6700 of the Vernons Texas Code Annotated. I don't happen to have that readily accessible although I am sure it is in a box in the garage somewhere since it was not uncommon to have the transportation guide in the same edition as the Texas Penal Code and some other ancillary codes when you were just looking for the quick desk reference while in school.
The other question to be determined is whether the reinstatement is conditioned upon payment of a judgement or whether it is reinstatement fees associated with a suspension for an alcohol or drug-related offense. A secondary element is going to be dependent upon whether there was a conviction for certain enumerated felony offenses.
As a quick update, I also recalled that some of the SR forms deal with Unsatisfied Judgments and the Texas Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act. Look at Chapter 601 of the Transportation Code. The form filed by the judgment creditor is the SR-62
and if there had been an Installment Agreement that was not fulfilled, then it would have been an SR-73
that was filed.
The friend is going to need either the SR-11 or the SR-19 to be completed and then pay the $100 reinstatement fee.
Oh, and the fact that the judgement is not on the bureau reports is neither odd nor strange, particularly given its age. Not all judgments make it to the reports, and the entities like Hogan and Lexis were not as active in that era. , my tax lien does not even show up on all of the bureaus.