Waiver for DL/ID expirations, vehicle title & registration requirements ends April 2021

Posted at 11:43 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 12:56:36-05

AUSTIN, TX — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles announced Dec 15. that waivers on expiration dates for all driver licenses (DLs), identification cards (IDs), and certain vehicle title and registration requirements will end on April 14, 2021.

Anyone in need to renew DLs and IDs are urged to make an appointment HERE.

Previously, this waiver issued by Governor Abbott applied to DLs, commercial DLs, commercial learner permits, ID cards and election identification certificates that expired on or after March 13, 2020.

To assist, appointments are already being accepted for the following hours beginning Jan 4. 2021.

Monday's - Thursday's - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday's - 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Saturday landing on Dec 19. will be the last day for Saturday appointments in 2020.

Alternatively, many Texans are eligible to skip going to the offices completely by renewing their DL/ID care or changing their address online, HERE.

Some customers may also renew by phone at 1-866-357-3639.

The requirements and costs for online and phone renewal are the same as in-person transactions.

All services in person are by appointment only due to COVID-19 protocols to ensure safety.

To schedule an appointment or check availability, visit online HERE.

If you are unable to find an appointment at the office of your choice, check back for availability at that office or other locations nearby. Please check often as availability does change.

Customers can book appointments for a specific day and time, up to six months in advance, and show up 30 minutes or less before their scheduled time. Customers can check-in using the kiosk inside the office or from their mobile device.

A reminder, if you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please change it ahead of time.

However, many offices are offering customers without an appointment a spot on a “standby” list.

These customers are required to wait in the office and are assisted in the event of a cancellation or no-show.

The number of standby appointments available is limited to ensure all customers who are placed on the list will be served by the end of the day.

Additionally, a limited number of same-day appointments will be available at each DL office.

These appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Customers who book these appointments can leave & wait outside the DL office until their designated time.

There are three ways to renew your vehicle registration:

  1. Online: Visit HERE or click HERE. This is the quickest and least expensive way to renew. Save $1 if you renew online. Online renewal is available up to nine months past your registration expiration date.
  2. Mail: Return the bottom portion of your registration renewal form, payment and other required information to your county tax assessor-collector.
  3. In Person: Visit the office of your county tax assessor-collector. In many counties, in-person renewal is also available at other locations, such as certain grocery stores. Contact your county tax office to check hours and locations.

Reminder: Before renewing registration, Texans will need to obtain a passing vehicle inspection at the state vehicle inspection station of their choice, unless their vehicle is exempt from inspection requirements.

The expiring temporary waiver covers the following services:

  • Initial vehicle registration.
  • Vehicle registration renewal.
  • Vehicle titling.
  • Renewal of permanent disabled parking placards.
  • 30-day temporary permits.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles does not issue driver licenses or state ID cards. Texans should contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) HERE for these services.