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Old 07-14-2011, 10:04 AM
 
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Default Driver's license nightmare

Okay, I moved to Dallas,Texas from Oklahoma in September of 2010. I waited to get my license plates and driver's license to make sure I would like it here.

Well, I do love it here, and I had no problem getting my plates. But since I had unknowingly let my driver's license expire in February, I found out, after standing in line for over an hour, that I had to re-take the driver's license test. Taking the written exam and the eyesight exam was no problem. But I apparently have to take the road test also. This means standing in line once again to just make an appointment! And then I have to wait two more weeks to take the test!!

This has to be the most screwed up system I have ever seen. Because of all the kids wanting to take their tests, apparently the system is swamped. The thing is, when I look at the lines of people, I don't see that many kids. What the hell is the deal with this state? It looks as though the whole Department of Public Safety needs to be revamped.

Is there a shortcut I can take to get this drivers license thing done? I've been driving for over 30 years and am amazed I have to take a road test. Is there a station in the Dallas area that is less busy than the others?

Thanks
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Uh- you can take the behind the while in Garland and in Rockwall by just walking in....unless they have changed things since about 6 months ago>>>>
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Sorry you are going through this. The process to get a driver's license in Texas is a bit different indeed. My suggestion would be to go outside Dallas to get it done. Keep hearing it is not as busy in Garland? Other people on the forum can confirm.

I just went through this (minus the road test part) at the East Dallas location. Talk about busy! What I learned while waiting in line an hour before they opened was that they give out a limited amount of numbers for the road test. The number ended with the person 2 ahead of me. Everyone behind me who was there for a road test had to come back and try again another day. So if you decide to stick it out at a Dallas location I suggest getting there at 6am or earlier...and bring a chair. Most everyone at the front of the line had brought a chair, but I was not close enough to find out at what time they got there.

Unfortunately no matter how long you've been driving, if your license expires you have to start from scratch. And I don't think Texas is the only state where this happens.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:33 AM
 
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Sorry you are going through this. The process to get a driver's license in Texas is a bit different indeed. My suggestion would be to go outside Dallas to get it done. Keep hearing it is not as busy in Garland? Other people on the forum can confirm.

I just went through this (minus the road test part) at the East Dallas location. Talk about busy! What I learned while waiting in line an hour before they opened was that they give out a limited amount of numbers for the road test. The number ended with the person 2 ahead of me. Everyone behind me who was there for a road test had to come back and try again another day. So if you decide to stick it out at a Dallas location I suggest getting there at 6am or earlier...and bring a chair. Most everyone at the front of the line had brought a chair, but I was not close enough to find out at what time they got there.

Unfortunately no matter how long you've been driving, if your license expires you have to start from scratch. And I don't think Texas is the only state where this happens.
Thanks for the advice. I will try Garland or Rockwall. I guess I don't have as much of a problem taking the test as I do with the procedure. Stand in line for an hour just to make an appointment? And then they're two weeks out? I think they need more driver's license stations for one thing. The one in downtown Dallas only does renewels and lost licenses. Most of the stations only do the road tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some don't do the road tests at all. You would think they could expand that for the summertime if it's so much busier.

I also think they need to get the word out better about renewing your license over the internet. I would wager that a lot of people standing in line don't know they can do this. Even if they don't have internet access, they can always go to the library and use a computer there.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Forney Texas
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yep its a mess! Pain in the butt to do anything.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Okay, I moved to Dallas,Texas from Oklahoma in September of 2010. I waited to get my license plates and driver's license to make sure I would like it here.

Well, I do love it here, and I had no problem getting my plates. But since I had unknowingly let my driver's license expire in February, I found out, after standing in line for over an hour, that I had to re-take the driver's license test. Taking the written exam and the eyesight exam was no problem. But I apparently have to take the road test also. This means standing in line once again to just make an appointment! And then I have to wait two more weeks to take the test!!

This has to be the most screwed up system I have ever seen. Because of all the kids wanting to take their tests, apparently the system is swamped. The thing is, when I look at the lines of people, I don't see that many kids. What the hell is the deal with this state? It looks as though the whole Department of Public Safety needs to be revamped.

Is there a shortcut I can take to get this drivers license thing done? I've been driving for over 30 years and am amazed I have to take a road test. Is there a station in the Dallas area that is less busy than the others?

Thanks
I'm sure you've recognized the lessons to be understood from your experience. Remember, Texas is a destination state for residency. You're not the only person who has moved here this year. But that doesn't necessarily warrant increasing staff for unexpected growth. And Texas is cutting funding for most anything government related.

That said, my experience has always been that DL offices in outer areas and towns are not as busy. Maybe plan a trip to Llano and do the license thing there.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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Can you renew in Oklahoma without the test and then bring the now-current license to Texas to transfer?
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:46 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Sorry you are going through this. The process to get a driver's license in Texas is a bit different indeed. My suggestion would be to go outside Dallas to get it done. Keep hearing it is not as busy in Garland? Other people on the forum can confirm.

I just went through this (minus the road test part) at the East Dallas location. Talk about busy! What I learned while waiting in line an hour before they opened was that they give out a limited amount of numbers for the road test. The number ended with the person 2 ahead of me. Everyone behind me who was there for a road test had to come back and try again another day. So if you decide to stick it out at a Dallas location I suggest getting there at 6am or earlier...and bring a chair. Most everyone at the front of the line had brought a chair, but I was not close enough to find out at what time they got there.

Unfortunately no matter how long you've been driving, if your license expires you have to start from scratch. And I don't think Texas is the only state where this happens.

Wow Really my daughter did her behind the wheel at the Garland location right off the service road exit Broadway and we went there around 3pm and she took her test and walked out of there by 430pm.....very strange....maybe something has changed. My co workers daughter did hers in Rockwall and there was NO WAIT- NO LINE
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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Uh- you can take the behind the while in Garland and in Rockwall by just walking in....unless they have changed things since about 6 months ago>>>>
It's possible they could have, since this is the busy time of year with all the teens getting their licenses. At least that's the excuse anyway. I tried calling Garland, but I keep getting the message that all the operators are busy.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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I've been to both Rockwall and Garland. It's hit or miss. Some days are busier than others. When I renewed my license in Rockwall I literally walked in and was the only one there besides the two clerks waiting for me. A few months later in January when my daughter went to take her road test there was a line but you could get it done that day but her appointment was for later in the day. However, there was no one there the next day for it as they had a meeting they had to be at. At the Garland location there was a line of about 2 people the next morning for me to make her appointment. I scheduled it for later that day at 2:00 and there were a few more open spots left for that day. Garland has 2 or 3 officers that give the road test. Rockwall only has 1 and if she is scheduled to be in a meeting or on vacation there is no one to take her place.

It's a busy time of year. You have all of the kids that are doing their road tests now so that they don't have to miss school. Add in all of the people from other areas coming here to get a license that have moved here. It can get pretty darn busy. As others have said, this is a popular place for people to move to and you did let your license expire. Can't really blame that on the state or the Texas DPS offices. It would be foolish for them to have an over abundance of staff "just in case" that our tax dollars would be paying for when our money could be better served in other areas.

I've heard the wait in the Plano office can be just as bad. This time of year even in the burbs I don't see it being that uncrowded.
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