Driver License Services, Extensions, Waivers, and Covid-19 Information

April 15, 2021

The Department has resumed all in-office DL and ID card services by appointment only. These services include renewal transactions.

NOTE:  The waiver on expiration dates for DL and ID cards ended on April 14, 2021. DPS encourages customers who need to renew to schedule an appointment at their local driver license office online. 

If your driver license expired prior to April 14, 2021, and you have already scheduled an appointment, you may request a temporary license to operate a motor vehicle until your appointment date.  In order for your request to be processed, your request will need to be submitted through our Contact Us page.  When submitting your request, please complete all of the requested fields and include the following information in the Questions section of the form:  

  • Date of your appointment
  • State that you are requesting a Temporary License (requests that do not reference this will not be processed)

To qualify for a temporary license, the driver license must:

  • Be a Texas driver license
  • Be "Eligible"
  • Not be a commercial driver license
  • Not have any active suspensions or outstanding tickets
  • Have expired on or before April 14, 2021

NOTE:  The temporary permit provided is a one-time only courtesy until your scheduled appointment.  

Texas driver license and identification cardholders

To minimize the need to visit your local driver license office, many Texas DL and ID holders are eligible to conduct their renewal, address change, or replacement transaction online by visiting Texas.gov.   For additional information about renewing or replacing your DL or ID card or changing your address, visit the following webpages.

Replacing a lost Texas driver license or identification card

The Department encourages all Texas residents who have lost their Texas DL, ID, or CDL to conduct their replacement transaction online.  Visit the Department's webpage How to replace your Driver License, Commercial Driver License or ID card for more information. 

Transferring an Out-of-State Driver License to Texas

New Texas residents can legally drive with a valid, unexpired driver license from another U.S. state, U.S. territory, Canadian province, or qualifying country for up to 90 days after moving to Texas. Visit the Department's webpage How to apply for a Texas Driver License for more information.  To schedule an appointment to obtain a Texas driver license or identification card, visit Driver License Services – Appointments.

Commercial Driver License Cardholders

The waiver, granted by the Governor due to COVID-19, regarding the expiration date of commercial driver licenses (CDL) ended on April 14, 2021. To schedule an appointment to renew your CDL, visit Driver License Services – Appointments.

To ensure commercial drivers are able to continue to work during the national emergency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the compliance for medical certificates and federal variances (including Texas vision and limb waivers) until August 31, 2021. The Department strongly recommends obtaining a valid medical certificate or federal variance as soon as possible to continue working once the national emergency or waiver extension ends.  FMCSA indicates their intention is to wind down exemptions in the interest of continued commercial vehicle safety.  

  • Medical certificates or federal variances that were valid on February 29, 2020 and expired on or after March 1, 2020 but before September 1, 2020, are no longer covered by the federal waiver and have been downgraded. 
  • Medical certificate or federal variances that expired on or after September 01, 2020 but before December 1, 2020 remained certified until February 28, 2021. On March 01, 2021, licenses became not certified if an updated medical certificate or federal variance was not received.  If a medical certificate or federal variance was not received within 60 days after the not certified status, the license has been downgraded to a non-commercial driver license.
  • Medical certificate or federal variances that expired on or after December 1, 2020 will remain certified until May 31, 2021.  On June 1, 2021, the license will become not certified, if an updated medical certificate or federal variance is not received.  If a medical certificate or federal variance is not received within 60 days after the not certified status, a downgrade will occur.  
  • Medical Certificate or federal variances that expire on or after March 01, 2021 will remain certified until August 31, 2021. On September 01, 2021, the license will become not certified, if an updated medical certificate or federal variance is not received. If a medical certificate or federal variance is not received within 60 days after the not certified status, a downgrade will occur.

Drivers who have an updated medical certificate may still submit it to the department by email CDLMedCert@dps.texas.gov or by fax 512-424-2002.

The Department continues to process medical certificates and limb/vision waiver applications.  

The United States Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) originally extended the Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) renewal wavier through July 31, 2020.  It has now been extended through December 31, 2020. This waiver offers a 180-day exemption for all HME holders who expire on or before December 31st.  The HME holder must return to the driver license office 60 days before the exemption expires to begin the renewal process.

FMCSA is also waiving the 14-day requirement to hold a commercial learner permit before skills testing can be conducted. At this time, the commercial driver license offices that are conducting skills tests will continue to prioritize testing for those drivers who have held the CLP for 14 days or longer. CDL Third Party Skills Test providers may prioritize drivers who were already scheduled for testing or may waive the 14-day requirement, depending on their business need. This waiver expires August, 31, 2021.

Effective March 28, 2020, FMCSA issued a waiver for Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) holders operating commercial motor vehicles during the COVID-19 response. The waiver is in effect until August 31, 2021 and allows a CLP holder to operate a commercial motor vehicle without having a commercial driver license (CDL) holder in the front seat, as long as the CDL holder is present elsewhere in the cab. The CLP holder must have successfully passed the CDL skills test and must keep a copy of the test with them while driving. Furthermore, the CLP holder must have a valid driver license and medical certificate or meet the expiration extension requirements. The benefit of this waiver will allow CLP drivers to continue their training, due to the closures of state departments of motor vehicle facilities.

Effective April 9, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration authorized the Department to allow CDL third-party skills test providers to conduct knowledge tests in addition to the skills tests. This allows a student or an employee of a CDL TPST provider to take knowledge tests from their school or employer to receive a commercial learner permit or an endorsement(s) on their CDL. Instructions have been provided to all CDL TPST providers, so you must contact a CDL TPST provider to begin the knowledge testing process. This waiver has been extended to August 31, 2021.

Information is available at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Domestic Travel

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may accept an expired Texas DL or ID as valid identification for domestic flights up to 12 months after expiration.  For more information, visit the Transportation Security Administration's website Four Tips to Remember When Checking Your ID At Airport Security.

Additional Information

Please continue to visit this webpage frequently to receive the most current information about driver and commercial driver licensing services. For additional information on COVID-19, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions, or one of the following websites: