Nearly 700,000 Texans have expired their driver’s license while offices were closed due to the coronavirus, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
To help alleviate that backlog, employees can schedule renewals or replacements at select driver license centers across the state on Saturday.
Only two Saturdays – July 11th and 25th – currently offer the dates, but the DPS said additional dates will be added to the scheduler soon to reduce long lines and frustrations.
At first glance, the Dallas South Mega Center may not look like a place to renew a driver’s license without a line in sight.
“There are always these horror stories from DMV – long hours, long queues. You usually pack lunch and bring a DVD player to watch movies on, “said Zachary Williamson.” But today it was quick and easy. I was in and out within 20 minutes. “
Williamson came to his appointment on Saturday and walked in.
“You did a temperature test. I went in, they asked me for my confirmation number. There was no line and I went straight to the counter and had my license renewed, ”he said.
The convenience of Saturday hours meant that Garry Smith did not have to do the work as he did on the last attempt to go to the DPS office.
“I had an appointment at 4pm. I had to take off early, then found I couldn’t get my license because I didn’t have my birth certificate, “said Smith.
Please visit the Texas DPS website for more information on scheduling an appointment.
The DPS has said that some people can do their transactions online without having to visit any of the locations.
Saturday appointments to renew or replace your DL / ID may be available at an office near you! Selected DL offices will be open on Saturday from this weekend and more will follow shortly. The available dates can be found at: https://t.co/45lCBDhqWW pic.twitter.com/JnvSq9mwFs
– Texas DPS (@TxDPS) July 9, 2020