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May 7, 2001

Go Online, Not In Line, to Renew Your Driver License

Computers across the state of Texas have become Driver License offices thanks to the new DPS Express Service.

Texans who qualify can renew their driver licenses and ID cards over the Internet or by telephone, charging the renewal fees to a credit card. (Users are charged a $1 convenience fee in addition to the fee for their license or identification card.) Address changes can also be handled during the online renewal process.

The online system is secure, available in Spanish and was designed to handle a large number of transactions simultaneously. The systems and infrastructure are designed to allow for additional Department services to be added in the future.

"We're pleased that we can now offer the citizens of Texas a convenient way to renew their driver licenses 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr., director of the DPS.

About 80,000 drivers per month take advantage of the current mail renewal process. That number is expected to grow with the new system-reducing the number of drivers who visit driver license offices to take care of routine business.

DPS hopes to have at least 40 percent of total renewals eventually take place via the Internet, phone system or mail-an increase of about 15 percent over present numbers.

Once accessed, the service notifies those who do not qualify for online renewal. That includes anyone who used the mail renewal their last renewal cycle and those who have no digital photo on file with DPS. You must be within one year of the expiration date to renew your license or ID card.

The online license renewal is located on the DPS web site (, as well as the state's e-business Web portal ( Those preferring to renew their driver license or ID over the telephone may call a special toll-free number, 1-866-DLRENEW (357-3639).