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Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Impacting Texas DPS Hours and Services?

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the novel (new) coronavirus started in Wuhan City, China, in late December of 2019. The disease causes victims to suffer respiratory illness, which in some cases, especially among those over the age of 70, can lead to hospitalization and even death. Despite starting in the far East, and with the epicenter now hovering over central Europe, the United States has reported over 1000 positive cases of Coronavirus infections. And, yes, the Lone Star State is not immune to this terrible pandemic. If you’ve been to an H-E-B grocery store lately, you’ll probably notice that they are restricting the purchase of specific items, such as hand sanitizers, anti-bacterial cleaners and even bottled water. Then there are the public event cancellations. For example, South-by-Southwest, Austin’s largest event of the year, cancelled. Houston Rodeo? Cancelled. Dell Match Play golf tournament in Austin? Not cancelled, but like the NBA will happen WITHOUT any fans or spectators. And the stock market? Ouch.

It’s obvious at this point, as evidenced by President Trump’s address last night, that this situation with the Coronavirus is going to get worse before it gets better. So, yes, it’s affecting our every day lives already but what about those of us who need to renew or replace a Texas driver’s license? As of the publishing of this article, the Texas DPS is open; however, we strongly recommend that you find your local Texas DPS office in our directory and call them to make sure they are still open. The situation is “fluid,” as our beloved and trustworthy news media likes to characterize any situation they don’t fully understand, so it’s better to check with your DPS licensing office first before you go.

The better question is, why on earth would you want to go to one of the most congested public gathering spots on earth amidst a full-blown viral outbreak? Do yourself, your family and your neighbors a favor and avoid the DPS unless it’s absolutely necessary. Hopefully, things will get better but until they do you’re better off avoiding crowded public forums and completing any TX driver license or driver education or defensive driving course online, from the safety of your home. You can renew a TX license online, enroll in and complete online Texas driver’s ed to get your learner’s permit or license, and dismiss a ticket and lower your insurance rates by taking defensive driving online. If you can do it online, why stand IN-LINE?

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with CDC in monitoring the developing outbreak. See the CDC website for the latest developments on COVID‑19.

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  • lola2014

    Please note that the day after we published this article, on March 13th, Texas DMV released statement concerning Governor Greg Abbott’s state of disaster declaration due to COVID-19. As part of that declaration, he granted a temporary 60-day extension for drivers to obtain initial or renewed vehicle registration stickers, titles, and renewal of disability placards. The purpose of this extension being to limit the number of in-person DPS visits.

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