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2011-01-20 / General Stories

Area Drivers License Offices Close

Budget cuts and outdated technology are two reasons cited by the Texas Department of Public Safety for closing area drivers’ license offices recently. Among those closed are the Giddings office, the Caldwell office, the Elgin office and the LaGrange office.

DPS is just one state agency that has been asked to cut its budget by 10%. Many others will see their budgets cut, which most likely will include jobs. It was announced last Thursday by Lt. Governor Dewhurst that the first draft of Texas’ new budget will eliminate about 8,000 state jobs in all.

When trying to get information from the DPS website on the Giddings or Caldwell Drivers’ License offices, the site says, “This office has been temporarily closed. We appreciate your patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience you may encounter as a result of this closing.”

However, the DPS website indicates that the LaGrange office has been closed for some time. It says, “This office has closed due to problems resulting from an aging driver license system and will remain closed until the implementation of a new driver license system in 2010. We appreciate your patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience you may encounter as a result of this closing.”

For those needing to renew their licenses or who need to get their license, the Cameron office remains open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m., with the exception of the lunch hour. The Bastrop and Brenham offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, go to www.txdps.state.tx.us and select the TX Drivers License tab.

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