The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today issued the following statement regarding driver license offices to clarify misconceptions reflected in several recent news articles:
The Texas Department of Public Safety is not implementing any plan for mass closures of driver license offices across Texas.
As part of the Sunset review process of DPS, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission Staff Report from April included the following finding (p. 15):
“The department has not implemented plans to close or consolidate driver license offices with low demand.”
Regarding that specific finding, DPS developed a response that identified potential offices for closure and submitted it for consideration by the Sunset Advisory Commission. DPS will take no action on this significant staff recommendation without direction from State Leadership and the Legislature.
The Sunset Commission, which meets next week, will determine which recommendations are forwarded to the full Legislature for their consideration in the upcoming session, which begins in January 2019.
The demand for Texas driver license services continues to significantly increase as the state’s population continues to grow dramatically. The department is committed to continue working with the Legislature during the upcoming session to obtain the resources needed to meet this growing demand and provide the quality customer service that Texans expect and deserve.