DPS to start phased re-opening of driver license offices

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May 21, 2020 - 12:26 pm

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- As the Texas economy continues to re-open in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Texas Department of Public Safety will begin a phased re-opening of its driver license offices beginning May 26th.

As a part of this opening plan, DPS will launch a statewide driver license appointment system that allows customers to book appointments up to six months in advance. The limited services being offered at offices will be by appointment only.

"This phased opening of our driver license offices and the launch of DPS' online appointment system prioritizes the health and safety of our communities and ensures Texans have access to the services they need at their local driver license offices," Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. "I thank DPS for developing this safe and strategic plan to open their offices and for launching a new appointment system to streamline our driver license services."

Offices will re-open in four phases, with the first three phases only offering new driver licenses, commercial driver licenses, learner permits, and ID cards:

  • Phase 1 will include offices in DPS’ Northwest and West Texas regions, beginning May 26. Appointments will be taken beginning May 22 at 1 p.m.
  • Phase 2 will include offices in DPS’ South and Central Texas regions, beginning May 29. Appointments will be taken beginning May 26 at 1 p.m.
  • Phase 3 will include offices in DPS’ North and Southeast Texas regions, beginning June 3. Appointments will be taken beginning May 29 at 1 p.m.
  • Phase 4 will include the rest of the state and renewals of existing licenses, expected to begin in mid-summer.

Existing licenses and ID cards will remain valid until phase 4 begins, even if the expiration date has passed.

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