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Best Times to Visit a DMV Office

When planning for a trip to the DPS, consider the best times to avoid long waits.

  • Mornings are generally less crowded than afternoons.
  • Mid-week is less crowded than Mondays or Fridays.
  • Any day before or after a holiday will likely be more crowded.
  • The first and last days of the month are often busy with customers conducting last minute business.
  • DPS staff often go on lunch break starting around noon, leaving a reduced crew. Try to avoid the lunch hour.
  • Be sure to arrive with plenty of time before closing to complete your transaction. This is especially important if you need to be complete a written test or road test.
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Going to DPS In Person

If you need some other service from the DPS you must visit a branch office. The Texas Department of Public Safety has many offices http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/rolodex/search.asp around the state, usually open 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. Some offices are closed for lunch so check before you go. There are also Mega Centers http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/getinlinebeforeyougo.htm where you can make an appointment online. Either way, plan on arriving at least one hour before closing time to ensure you can finish the process.

To apply for a Texas driver license, permit or ID card you must go to a local DPS office with the following documents to provide proof of identity, Social Security Number, U.S. citizenship or lawful presence status, and Texas residency. In short, you will need:

  • original birth certificate or valid passport to verify your identity and US citizenship or lawful presence
  • social security card, w-2 or paystub showing Social Security number
  • two pieces of mail from official sources such as a utility bill proving Texas residency. You may also use a mortgage or rental agreement, voter registration card, medical insurance card, bank statement showing your address

You can also complete the application http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/internetforms/Forms/DL-14A.pdf in advance to save time.

Scheduling DPS Appointments and Other Online Services

Texas DPS Appointments

Save time at the DPS in Texas by scheduling an appointment to take a driving test. Many other functions can also completed online. You may be able to skip an entire trip to the DPS office by following the links to complete certain transactions.