Wrecker Driver Trainee

Auto Dealers Detail - HPDADD1023
Contact
Houston Police Department
Auto Dealers Detail

Physical Address:
1002 Washington Ave., Basement
Houston, TX 77002

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3408
Houston, TX 77253-3408

832.394.4800
832.394.4801
8 am to 4 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Inspection
Not Required
Renewal
Not Required
Fee
$36.30
Renewal fee
$36.30
Valid Period
90 days
Processing Time
1 hour

About

The purpose of this license is for a company to observe if an individual has the skill set to be a wrecker driver before being hired.

A Wrecker Driver is any person who drives an auto wrecker and performs non-consent tows at the request or authorization of a police officer or property owner or their designee.

What You Need
  • Application for Wrecker License
  • Criminal background check - The background check is conducted at an IdentoGo site. 
  • Current Texas Driver’s License
  • Method of payment: business check, cashier's check, and money order. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted in person only.
Apply in Person
  1. Call the Auto Dealers Detail at 832.394.4800 within 48 to 72 hours after completing the background check to ensure the criminal history has been obtained.
  2. Bring the completed application, supporting documents and payment to the Houston Permitting Center. 
  3. Obtain a numbered ticket from the Information Desk and make your way to the basement.
  4. Scan your ticket at the reception desk to activate your place in line. Please wait in the lobby until your number is called.
  5. Pay the license fee at the Cashier's station located on the first floor, and bring the receipt back down to Auto Dealers station in the basement.
  6. The City of Houston Automotive Board reviews the application for each new business including consideration of the findings of a criminal background check. Notice of an Automotive Board public hearing on the business application is published.
  7. Approval or denial is decided by the Board at the hearing.
    • If denied, applicant will be notified by letter.
    • If approved, license will be processed and may be obtained in person at the hearing or mailed to address on file.