AUSTIN, Texas —
Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 18 that he had directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to temporarily waive expiration dates for driver's licenses, commercial driver's licenses and other identification forms.
This came after the governor’s state of disaster declaration on March 13 as part of the ongoing effort to reduce to spread of COVID-19.
“Our top priority remains public health and safety, and we will continue to take action to ensure that Texans can avoid large public gatherings,” said Gov. Abbott. “Texas is at a pivotal moment in the response to COVID-19, and by temporarily delaying Driver License renewals we will help limit non-essential trips into public settings and slow the spread of this virus.”
The waived expiration suspension will be in effect until 60 days after the DPS provides further public notice that normal driver license operations have resumed, according to the governor's office.
Gov. Abbott has made numerous motions since his state of disaster declaration, including waiving fees for increasing hospital bed capacity, waiving fees for vehicle registration and postponing special elections such as the race for Kirk Watson's Texas Senate seat.
In April 2019, KVUE verified rumors circulating on social media regarding not being able to use your driver's license to get through the TSA line if it doesn't have a gold star on it.
PEOPLE ARE ALSO READING:
- How to file for unemployment in Texas if your job is affected by coronavirus
- Gas Buddy: Gas could reach as low as 99 cents a gallon in some parts of the US
- Houston Zoo brings animals to homes via Facebook Live while kids off from school amid coronavirus pandemic
- Venice waters turn clear as Italy coronavirus lockdown cuts boat traffic
- Coronavirus: City, State officials tell residents to stop hoarding groceries
- UT Austin moves classes fully online, asks campus residents to move home for remainder of semester amid COVID-19 pandemic
- Russell Wilson and Ciara donate 1 million meals to Seattle food bank
- H-E-B donates food to Central Texas Food Bank during coronavirus shutdowns