§ 8-132. Application  

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  • (a) Each person desiring a wrecker driver license shall submit an application to the police chief on a form furnished by the city. On the application the applicant shall set forth:

    (1) The applicant's full name and residence address;

    (2) The applicant's date of birth, place of birth, sex, race, and each address where he has resided in the five years immediately preceding his application;

    (3) Whether the applicant has been arrested or jailed for any criminal offense in this state or any other state or country, and if so, the applicant shall set out the offense for which he was arrested or jailed, the date of the arrest or confinement, and the place, court and case number of the case;

    (4) The number of the applicant's current driver's license issued by the state and a list of all driver licenses the applicant has held in the three years immediately preceding submission of the application showing the state that issued each license and the type of license held. The applicant shall also provide the police chief evidence that he has a current towing operator's license (or training license for wrecker driver trainee applications) issued by the state and shall complete a form allowing the police department to obtain the applicant's driving record from the state and from any state that had issued the applicant a driver license within the three years immediately preceding submission of the application;

    (5) Evidence that the applicant has passed a drug screening test administered within the 30 days preceding the date of the application under subsection (c) below; and

    (6) Such other information as the police chief finds relevant.

    After the application has been completed, the applicant shall sign the application and shall execute a sworn affidavit, or a declaration pursuant to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 132.001, that all matters stated in the application are true and correct.

    The applicant shall also submit himself at such times and places designated by the police chief to be photographed and fingerprinted.

    (b) Upon initial application for a wrecker driver license or wrecker driver trainee license and at each renewal, the police chief shall cause each applicant's criminal history to be researched by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The applicant shall complete any forms required for the police chief to obtain the report and shall provide funding to the police chief in a manner specified to cover any fees imposed by any state agency for the report. This provision shall not be construed to preclude the police chief from obtaining interim criminal history reports at the expense of the city.

    (c) Each person desiring a wrecker driver trainee license shall submit an application that includes the information required in items (a)(1), (2), (3), and (4) and subsection (b) of this section. A wrecker driver trainee license issued under this section shall expire on the sixty-first day after the date of issuance and may not be renewed. A wrecker driver trainee may apply for a wrecker driver license within 90 days after the expiration of his trainee license for a reduced fee as provided in section 8-133 of this Code.

    (d) Evidence that the applicant has passed the drug screen test administered within the 30 days preceding the date of the application shall be required for original applicants and all renewals; provided, however, that a PATSA wrecker driver who is subject to random drug tests is not required to submit a drug test for a license renewal. The police chief shall promulgate rules and regulations relating to the drug screening test. The test procedure shall be equivalent to that prescribed by the mayor for pre-employment drug screenings for city employees. The police chief or his designee shall authorize laboratories and facilities that meet nationally recognized standards to obtain samples and perform the tests. The responsibility for obtaining the test and all costs associated therewith shall rest with the applicant.

(Ord. No. 05-116, § 5, 2-9-05; Ord. No. 2013-1159, § 5, 12-11-2013; Ord. No. 2014-482, §§ 13, 14, 5-28-2014)