Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced the closure of Texas Department of Public Security’s driver license offices across the state to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The closure, which does not apply to those looking to test a commercial driver’s license, was announced along with a waiver of the driver’s license expiration date. Both measures are part of the governor’s declaration of disaster on the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our commercial drivers are essential to the steady flow of goods across the state, and we will continue to ensure that those seeking an initial CDL can do so,” Abbott said in a statement. “Closing driver license offices to those not seeking a first CDL is another step the state is taking to encourage social distancing in our communities.”
Although the expiration date has been suspended, individuals wishing to renew their license or personal identification certificate should check the DPS website to see if they are eligible for online renewal.
The suspension will take effect up to 60 days after the DPS has announced that the license will be resumed.