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Governor Abbott, DPS announce limited reopening of driver license offices

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Posted at 12:29 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 23:33:32-04

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of Public Safety will begin a phased opening of driver license offices starting May 26th with limited service offerings.

As 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 will be by appointment only.

The four-phase plan for the opening of driver license offices is as follows:

Phase 1:

Offices in DPS’ Northwest and West Texas regions will reopen with limited services beginning May 26, 2020.

Customers who currently do not possess a Texas DL, CDL, learner permit or ID card, as well those who are in need of a driving test, can begin scheduling appointments in these two regions on May 22 at 1 p.m.

Phase 2:

Offices in DPS’ South and Central Texas regions will reopen with limited services beginning May 29, 2020.

Customers who currently do not possess a Texas DL, CDL, learner permit or ID card, as well those who are in need of a driving test, can begin scheduling appointments in these two regions on May 26 at 1 p.m.

Phase 3:

Offices in DPS’ North and Southeast Texas regions will reopen with limited services beginning June 3, 2020.

Customers who currently do not possess a Texas DL, CDL, learner permit or ID card, as well those who are in need of a driving test, can begin scheduling appointments in these two regions on May 29 at 1 p.m.

Phase 4:

Allow customers to schedule an appointment for all DL office transactions anywhere in the state and is expected to begin midsummer.

DPS will announce details on this phase at a later date. Extension for expiration dates will remain in effect until phase 4 is implemented.