The Texas Legislature is making improvements to The Texas Department of Public Safety to improve wait times at Drivers License offices. With a fast-growing population, these offices are seeing an increase in the number of Texans visiting them.
Last year, 3.6 million Texans visited Drivers License offices. The long lines are inconvenient to Texas taxpayers, and are especially problematic for those that must miss school, work, and family commitments to conduct business.
Among the changes being made include lengthening the expiration of a license, so it will have to be renewed every 8 years instead of every 6. That will decrease how often drivers will need to visit the office. Additionally, the Legislature is studying other changes, such as moving the functions to a different state agency.
If you find that you need to renew your license before the changes take place, DPS is advising Texans that many services can be completed on the phone, online, or by mail. The first step is to call 1-866-DL-RENEW (1-866-357-3639) to see if you are eligible.
If you must go into the office, DPS offers a “Get in Line, Online” program on the DPS website, where you can reserve a space ahead of time. You can also reserve a drive test online up to three months in advance. Another option is that you can renew your drivers license early. And an early renewal will not affect the expiration date.