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Renewing Your Texas Driver License During Times of COVID19

US Citizens can renew their Texas drive licenses on line generally. (When you renew on line, you are asked to answer the question “Are you a US Citizen?” You check YES or NO.)

BUT what about everyone else who is NOT a US citizen?
1. DPS Driver license offices in Texas were closed in mid-March so an in person renewal is not possible.
2. Per order of the Governor of Texas, expiration dates for driver licenses, commercial driver licenses, and other identification forms have been waived.
3. The waiver or suspension was ordered to be in effect until 60 days after the DPS provides further public notice that normal driver license operations have resumed.
For more information about this waiver, go to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website.

If you have a nonimmigrant visa classification with a specific expiration date, it is likely your Texas drive license will expire on the date your visa classification or status expires. In the past, you could go to the DPS office and show the USCIS notice of action or receipt showing that a petition or application to extend your status was pending with the USCIS. The DPS office generally would tell you that DPS would have to verify whether there was a pending application or petition. In most cases, you would receive a letter within 30 days or less advising you to come back to the DPS office and the renewal of your license would proceed. That is not possible now but you may continue to drive with the expired driver license pursuant to the COVID19 policy in effect since mid March.

April 2, 2020

Will My DACA status and my work authorization end or what can I do with my DACA status?

As of today, we believe the answer is “It depends.”  The information below is based on initial information and may be revised in the near future. 

FIRST, as of September 5, 2017, NO ONE can file for his or her first DACA.

SECOND, if you have your first DACA application on file with the USCIS, that application may be approved.

THIRD, if you have DACA status that expires on or before March 5, 2018, you can still file an I821D application to renew your status and an I765 application for work authorization—requesting two more years of DACA status. This must be filed before October 5, 2017.

FOURTH, IF your DACA status expires after March 5, 2018, you will not be able to file applications to renew your status.

FIFTH, there will be no more advance paroles granted for persons with DACA.

Now more than ever is the time to become an advocate.  You can contact the senators for your state and the congressman for your district.  But whenever possible, urge your coworkers, your fellow students, your USC relatives, your doctor, your dentist, members of your church to do the same.  Our elected representatives from Texas need to know that many, many us citizens support the bipartisan bills already introduced in congress to allow the DACA population to become permanent residents and to be allowed to remain in the united states.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival renewal applications available for filing!!

As of June 2014 the USCIS issued a revision of the DACA application that can be used for renewal of DACA status and for initial applications.  The DACA renewal application along with the application to renew the employment authorization document should be submitted 4 months prior to expiration of your current DACA status.  This is important because you cannot renew your driver license without the DACA renewal approval.  If you have not yet filed for DACA status, it is still possible to do so.