Local DPS offices to open June 3


Local Department of Public Safety offices will open this Wednesday, June 3 with limited service availability as part of a larger phased plan announced in May.

Services available include applying for a Texas driver license, identification card, commercial driver license, or learner license and any services requiring skills exams. This does not include license renewals. Licenses can be renewed online at texas.gov.

“The Department has not resumed normal services,” the DPS website reads. “When the Department resumes normal operations, you will be able to renew without any penalty.”

Services are available by appointment only, and walk-ins are not permitted. Customers will be screened before entering. Appointments can be made online at public.txdpsscheduler. com.

Social distancing must be followed, and those who are taking a driving test will be required to wear a face mask or facial covering. Cash will not be accepted.

DPS’s North Region, where Hopkins County is located, is one of the last regions to be reopened under the plan announced by Gov. Greg Abbott and the department. The North Region is home to Dallas and Tarrant counties, two of the hardest hit Texas counties by COVID-19. Harris County, one of the counties with the highest number of cases, is located in the Southeast Region, the other region to be reopened June 3.

“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. “I thank DPS for developing this safe and strategic plan to open their offices and for launching a new appointment system to streamline our driver license services.”