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March 5, 2013

Skip the Trip, Renew Online during Spring Break

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging customers to renew their driver license or identification card online during the busy weeks surrounding Spring Break. Residents who are eligible can skip the trip to the office completely by renewing their license or identification card – or changing their address – at Texas.gov

“With students and families out of school and work during Spring Break, it can be a very busy time at Texas driver license offices,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Customers have several convenient options during this busy time of year, including renewing online if they are eligible. This is also an excellent time to utilize our new high-capacity driver license mega centers located in the major metropolitan areas, which have new technology that allows our customers to get in line before they even step foot in the office.”

To be eligible to renew online, the expiration date on the card must be within one year. When a resident renews their card, the expiration date on the new card will be six years after the current card’s expiration date, whether customers renew early or not.

Additionally, in order to renew online, the card cannot have been expired for more than two years. Requirements for renewing online are available at Texas.gov, the official website of the State of Texas. The fee is the same for online, in-person, and telephone renewals.

Licenses must be renewed in person every 12 years, so an updated photo can be taken and eyesight can be tested. If residents need to come into the office to renew, they can do so within one year prior to the expiration date, which means they can pick a time that is convenient for their schedule.

Customers may obtain a replacement driver license or identification card online if they are able to provide the 20 character code on the front of their current license or card.

Visit the DPS website to make sure you have the proper paperwork (including documents needed for the new residency requirements) before making the trip to the office: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/ApplyforLicense.htm.

To find out more about online renewal services, visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/OnlineServices.htm.

To find out additional information about the six new mega centers in the Metroplex, Houston, San Antonio and Austin areas, and the technology that allows you to get in line before coming into the office, visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/getinlinebeforeyougo.htm.

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