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May 1, 2012 at 11 p.m.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is advising residents to avoid the summer rush at driver license offices across the state by renewing their license or identification card early or online.

Residents who are eligible can skip the trip to the office by renewing their license or identification card online - or changing their address - at Texas.gov.

"Summertime is the busiest time of year at our driver license offices with more residents than usual renewing their driver license or identification card," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "

To be eligible to renew online, the expiration date on the card must be within one year. When a resident renews their card, the expiration date on the new card will be six years after the current card's expiration date, whether customers renew early or not.

Additionally, in order to renew online, the card cannot have been expired for more than two years. Requirements for renewing online are available at Texas.gov, the official website of the State of Texas. (Licenses must be renewed in person every 12 years for updated photo and eyesight test.)

The renewal fee is the same for online, in-person, and telephone renewals.



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