Texas DPS expands in-person services at driver license offices, offers Saturday appointments

Posted at 8:16 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 21:17:50-04

The Texas Department of Public Safety has expanded in-person services offered at driver license (DL) offices.

The department said it is continuing its phased reopening of driver license offices by offering renewal and replacement appointments, as well as Saturday appointments for these services at select offices.

Renewals and replacements will be the only services available on Saturdays. Currently, the department is offering Saturday appointments at select offices on July 11 and July 25.

Customers can schedule appointments and check availability online through the driver license appointment scheduler. The department said it plans to continue to add Saturday availability into the appointment system in the coming weeks.

Previously, appointments were only available for first-time Texas DLs, commercial driver licenses (CDL), learner licenses or identification (ID) cards, as well as those who needed to take a driving test.

Services are still offered through appointment only. Customers can book an appointment up to six months in advance. To make an appointment, click here.

Nearly 700,000 Texans had their driver licenses expire while offices were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That closure created a backlog of customers needing to renew their licenses.

DPS says the extension for expiration dates that was granted in response to the pandemic remains in effect. The extension means that if your Texas ID, driver license, commercial driver license, or election identification certificate (EIC) expires on or after March 13, 2020, it falls under the period covered by the State of Disaster Declaration related to COVID-19 and will remain valid for 60 days after DPS issues a public notice that the extension period for the disaster declaration has been lifted.

This 60 day notice has not been issued, and Texans still have time to conduct their renewal transactions.