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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.
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.
- If you would like to schedule a road test for a driver’s license you can do so through the automated system. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/rolodex/search.asp Not all DPS offices provide this service. Search for a DPS office by city, county or zip code. When you find an office near you, look for “Schedule a driving test online” to see if online scheduling is available at that office.
- You can renew a driver’s license quickly online by going to the DPS website. https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/txdl/ You will need your current license or ID, your Social Security number, a credit card and a printer to print out the temporary license. Fees for a renewal are $25.
- Vehicle registration in Texas is handled through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Renew a registration online through the DMV website. https://rts.texasonline.state.tx.us/NASApp/txdotrts/RegistrationRenewalServlet
- If you have just purchased a new or used vehicle in Texas and need to register it https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/buying-or-selling-a-vehicle for the first time you must visit either a county tax office or a DMV regional Service Center. Likewise if you are moving to Texas you will also need to register https://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/new-to-texas your vehicle at the same locations, after getting it inspected.
- If your license has been lost or stolen you must visit a DPS office for a replacement. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/replace.htm
- For a name change http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/changes.htm#Name to your driver’s license, you will have to visit a DPS office in person
- If you have recently moved within Texas you will need to complete a change of address for both your driver’s license https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/txdl/ and your vehicle registration https://rts.texasonline.state.tx.us/NASApp/txdotrts/AddressChangeServlet separately.
- Requests for a copy of a driving record may be completed online, https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/txldrcdr/TXDPSLicenseeManager or you can print out the driver record application http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/internetforms/Forms/DR-1.pdf and mail it in.