Gov. Abbott announces plan to reopen Texas driver’s license offices

Published 3:08 pm CDT, Thursday, May 21, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday a four-phase plan to reopen driver’s license offices throughout the state.

The Texas Department of Public Safety will start reopening offices May 26 with limited, appointment-only service and will launch a statewide driver’s license appointment system so customers can book appointments up to six months in advance.

“This phased opening of our driver license offices and the launch of DPS’ online appointment system prioritizes the health and safety of our communities and ensures Texans have access to the services they need at their local driver license offices,” Abbott said in a news release.

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Here is the plan:

Phase one: Offices in the Northwest and West Texas regions will open with limited services starting May 26. Those who do not have a Texas driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, a learner permit’s or ID card and those who need to take a driving test can schedule appointments in those regions starting Friday afternoon.

Phase two: Offices in the South and Central regions will reopen with limited services beginning May 29. For all of the above services, customers can make make appointments starting at 1 p.m. May 26.

Phase three: Offices in the North and Southeast regions will open with limited services beginning June 3. For all the above services, appointments can be made starting at 1 p.m. May 29.

Phase four: All customers will be allowed to schedule an appointment for all driver’s license office transactions in the state. This phase is expected to start midsummer, and more details will be announced later. The current extension for expiration dates will remain in effect until phase four is implemented.

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Taylor Pettaway is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for | [email protected] | @TaylorPettaway

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