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