Texas and California DMV Hours and Services amid COVID-19


COVID-19 has truly changed the way people around the world are handling their day-to-day lives. At this time, it is extremely important for yourself and those around you to keep as isolated as possible and take the precautionary measures set forth by the World Health Organization and your local government leaders. 

At Aceable, we understand that there may be some things concerning you at the moment about your drivers license, whether you need it renewed or you’re in the process of earning it. In the midst of the sudden changes to everyday life, DMVs and similar institutions are changing their hours and services to ensure public safety. We aim to keep you updated and educated in the areas we know best. 

Here are a few updates about DMVs and drivers licenses processes to keep an eye on:

DMV Hours and Services Updates to Keep an Eye On During the COVID-19 Crisis

Shorter Hours & Appointment-Only Services

Across the country, the governing bodies like the DMV are all shortening their hours and restricting the number of people they allow in the building. Most recently, these institutions are restricting the services offered and requesting that anyone that needs to visit to make an appointment for their required service. 

Texas, in particular, is closing its doors to in-person transactions and offering their services via phone, email, regular mail. 

Always visit your local DMV website before making the decision to go in person, as their statuses may change in the coming days.

Extension for License and Registration Renewal

States like Texas, California, and Florida are all granting a 30-60 day grace period for any license renewals that need to take place within the next month. If you find yourself with an expired license that cannot be renewed online, you will now have more time to renew your license in person. This same extension is being granted for Vehicle Registration and Disabled Parking Placards.

This action is being seen across the nation and will most likely be the norm in upcoming days. Keep an eye on your local news to double-check if this is the case to avoid an unnecessary trip to the DMV.

Texas, California, and More Halting Driving Tests

In order to prevent any person-to-person contact, states like Texas and California are halting their exams for teens and adults to earn their drivers license. This means that the in-car driving exams will be postponed until at least the end of April 2020.

The Department of Licensing has temporarily paused drivers license services, which is expected to be lifted by the end of March 2020. 

As always, please check with your local governing body, whether that is the DMV, BMV, FLHSMV, or other bureaus to keep updated on changing hours and services. We will do our best to keep you informed as priorities and health concerns shift throughout the country.