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Driver’s license expired? Download this document in case you get pulled over

Gov. Greg Abbott temporarily waived expiration dates for driver’s licenses in March

If you get a new driver’s license, identification card or license to carry card in the state of Texas, you may notice a new design.
If you get a new driver’s license, identification card or license to carry card in the state of Texas, you may notice a new design. (KSAT)

Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety has reopened for appointment only amid the coronavirus pandemic but some people are still wondering about their expired driver’s license.

A KSAT viewer sent an email stating that he was given a ticket on Tuesday for having an expired license during a traffic stop. “Not trying to get anyone in trouble, but I do want to make sure people are getting proper training,” he said.

As part of Texas' disaster declaration, Gov. Greg Abbott waived expiration dates for driver’s licenses in March. That extension remains in effect.

If your Texas ID, driver’s license, CDL or election identification certificate card expires on or after March 13, 2020, it falls under the period covered by the State of Disaster Declaration.

Those expired cards, “will remain valid for 60 days after which time DPS issues a public notice that the extension period for the disaster declaration has been lifted,” according to DPS officials.

That 60-day notice has not yet been issued by DPS and there is currently no timeline for when the notice will be given.

If you have an expired driver’s license, you can download and print a copy of the Verification of Driver License Expiration Extension to carry until your license is officially up to date.

All current driver’s license services at DPS are by appointment only. “Customers are able to book appointments for a specific day and time up to six months in advance,” officials said.


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