AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is bolstering efforts to address overcrowding at driver license (DL) offices. To help decrease the number of people waiting in line, beginning today, additional DPS personnel (including Texas Troopers) will be assigned to the *highest-volume DL offices to help identify customers who can immediately get out of line and conduct their transaction online, by phone or by mail. This effort may be expanded to other offices as needed. DPS will also be hiring 100 positions over the course of the next few months to increase staffing at the busiest offices in the state. (These will not be immediate hires due to the extensive background checks required.)
The majority of customers who come into Texas driver license offices (for example, 3.6 million people in Fiscal Year 2017) don't have to. These customers can actually conduct their transaction online, by phone or by mail. So the most immediate way to reduce wait times at offices across the state is for eligible customers to take advantage of these convenient options. This allows them to skip the trip to the office, and will shorten the lines for everyone, including those who are required to come into an office.
Starting today, customers waiting in line at the highest-volume offices will be asked whether they are eligible to renew online, by phone or by mail. If a customer does not know if they are eligible, they will be provided the following guidance to find out:
Eligible customers who do not wish to renew by phone or online will be offered a paper form that would allow them to mail in their transaction request.
Since July 9, DPS has implemented a limited-transaction initiative in seven offices where excessive demand and small wait areas forced customers to wait outside in the elements most of the day. The results of that limited-transaction initiative produced an average 44 percent decrease in in-office transactions as well as an increase in online transactions. By prioritizing in-office service to those customers who are required to be there, both the in-office customers and the alternative-transaction customers are served more efficiently.
Therefore, beginning August 27, DPS will expand this initiative to the *highest-volume offices, where service demands create significant overcrowding and safety hazards whereby customers are forced to wait outside in the elements. This effort may be expanded to other offices as needed.
DPS offers these additional tips to increase convenience for all driver license customers across the state:
Visit DPS' online services for more information.
*List of highest-volume DL offices
**Current limited-transaction DL offices
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