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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 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 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 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.