DPS officials remind you to 'skip the trip' to DMV office

DPS officials remind you to 'skip the trip' to DMV office
Drivers stand in long line waiting to renew driver's licenses, ID cards

(KLTV) - The Texas Department of Public Safety wants to remind you to 'skip the trip' to your local DPS office when at all possible, especially during the upcoming busy summer months.

DPS Director Steven McCraw said many people who are eligible for online renewal or application are not taking advantage of the option. This includes renewing Texas driver's licenses, identification cards, and address changes in many instances. 

"Summer is one of the busiest times at Texas driver license offices, but taking advantage of technology options can save you time," said McCraw. "If you qualify for online renewal, you can skip the trip to an office altogether.  However, if you must go to an office in person, we encourage residents to visit a high-capacity Mega Center or to 'get in line' remotely before heading to the DL office, if those options are available."

Another underutilized option available to customers who are required to make an office visit is renewing their DL or ID card early, which allows customers to choose a convenient time that best fits their schedule, and potentially avoid the busiest times at DL offices. According to DPS, you can renew up to two years in advance of the expiration date on your current card if you go into an office, or up to one year in advance if you are renewing online. The new expiration date will remain the same – even if you renew early.

To be eligible to renew online, you must be a U.S. citizen and the expiration date on the card must be within one year. Additionally, in order to renew online, the card cannot have been expired for more than two years. The eligibility requirements for phone and online renewal are the same. The fee is the same for online, in-person and telephone renewals. Licenses must be renewed in person every 12 years, so a new photo can be taken and eyesight can be tested.

You may obtain a replacement DL or ID card online if you're able to provide the 20-character code on the front of your current license or card.

If you'd like any more information about online services, or whether you're eligible, please visit the Texas DPS website. 

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