Texans facing weeks, months of delays to renew driver licenses in person

Prepare for an even longer wait at the DMV than usual if it’s time to renew your driver’s license.

NBC affiliate KPRC reports that drivers are having to wait months before being able to head to the drivers license offices.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles reopened some regional offices, including Houston, in late May. Customers are required to make an appointment online for services. Appointments are weeks or even months away.

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“The department is seeing high demand for DL services in some areas of the state, meaning you may have to schedule your appointment farther out due to limited availability,” the department told KPRC.

However, not all services need to be done in person. Online services available include vehicle registration renewal, changing the address where your registration renewal notice is mailed or completing a vehicle transfer notification. Lost title replacements, vehicle records requests and more can also be completed by mail.

Driver’s licenses can also be renewed online if you renewed your driver license in person at a driver license office the last time and meet the other requirements.

Driver’s licenses and IDs that expired on or after March 13, 2020 have also been extended. Texas residents will be notified when the waiver is over and will then have 60 days to renew an expired registration.

To schedule an appointment, visit TxDMV.gov/appointment. For more information on current TxDMV procedures, visit TxDMV.gov/covid-19.



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