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Old 03-13-2012, 08:42 PM
 
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Hello Everyone,
I just passed my written exam yesterday(3/12/12) in Plano DPS and thinking what to do for the road test. At plano they told me they are not free until 21 April that is nearly 40 days from now. My first question is there any restriction on the office location? Basically, can I go to any office and take my road test?

2) Second and most important one is do they give appointments only online? Is there anyone who walked in the DPS office recently and took an appointment for the same day? If yes which office?

Thanks,
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:07 AM
 
Location: la hacienda
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The DPS office on NW Hwy in Garland is a walk in/same day set up. You will need to get their early, like 4-5 am to get in line. The Waxahachie DPS office take appointments (I think you have to call) and is less busy, try that one. This is my experience from last summer when my son got his license. Make sure you have a front license plate on your car, your registration & inspection up to date and you have your insurance card. They check all that first before going out for the drive test, if there is something missing, no test. First test is parallel parking, if you don't pass that, the test ends and you will have to come back.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: East Dallas
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Spree thanks for a very informative post.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:18 AM
 
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Agree with everything that Spree said except for that the parallel parking test could come at the very end too...atleast that is how it was for me. Couple of left turns, a few right turns, 4-way stops, drive in a residential area followed by parking next to curb, then backing up a little and a parallel parking test at the end which is vital.

I was able to get an appointment for the driving test by calling them up and getting a slot 30 days from the day of my call. Office opened at 8 but I reached there by 7AM. Even then there were 12 people in front of me. Thankfully they called the ones with appointment in first.

You can walk in and get an appointment scheduled the same day but you will have to be in really early. Best is to walk in, get an appointment for a later date, make sure you make all the payments and then just practice until your test-day.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Parallel park is usually the first thing you do when you are at the Garland Hwy 30 location- unless there is two drivers already doing the parallel parking. Then they make you do it at the end.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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Hello Everyone. i have cleared my DPS written test. Can we get appointment to DPS driving test by walking into the test center directly? If so can you please post the centers and your experience on waiting time.
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:22 PM
 
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Update on centers that accepts walk-in: The Mega Center in Fort Worth does not accept walk-in. The Hurst center do take walk-ins but you will have to get there between 6.30 -7am. Getting there early does not guarantee you a spot however if they do have any spots open(same day) they will add you on the schedule but this opportunity is only available in morning so anything after the time stated above has a low chance of success.
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:58 AM
 
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I think the DPS place out near Josey Ln. and Valley View used to be pretty quick moving. Also it seems that the one in central or east Plano (can't remember address) did. At least check them out.

As far as I know you should be able to take a driver's test anywhere in TX? The licenses are issued by the state, not municipalities. If everywhere in the city is crazy, could you take a trip to someplace like Tyler? Just guessing here, I took my driving test in 1978, but I remember seeing lines around the building at 8 am on E. NW Hwy near Garland 20 years ago, so it's probably even worse now.
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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I think the DPS place out near Josey Ln. and Valley View used to be pretty quick moving. Also it seems that the one in central or east Plano (can't remember address) did. At least check them out.

As far as I know you should be able to take a driver's test anywhere in TX? The licenses are issued by the state, not municipalities. If everywhere in the city is crazy, could you take a trip to someplace like Tyler? Just guessing here, I took my driving test in 1978, but I remember seeing lines around the building at 8 am on E. NW Hwy near Garland 20 years ago, so it's probably even worse now.
The long lines is why they now use reservations and have a few mega-centers, like the one in Garland.
According to some local moms, Garland is currently scheduling tests for June. Corsicana has appointments only a few weeks out.
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Old 06-10-2016, 10:02 AM
 
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How does the VOE work then? My son must retake the driving portion, we submitted all the documents the first time. Does he need a new VOE or any documents for a retest because his old VOE expired.
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