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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Commercial driver license (CDL) and commercial learner permit (CLP) expiration dates have been extended by FMCSA until November 30, 2021, as long as they were not expired prior to March 1st, 2020. Medical certificate and variance expiration dates have been extended until November 30, 2021, as long as they were not expired prior to June 1, 2021.


DPS and tag agents are now offering eight (8) year driver licenses and identification cards. Fees are double the four (4) year option.

Modified Driver License

  1. May I get a Hardship Permit (Modified Driver License) to drive while my license is suspended or revoked?

    • Under some suspensions or revocations, a person is eligible to apply for a permit (a modified driver license) allowing limited driving during the period of suspension or revocation. You should meet with a Driver Compliance Hearing Officer to make application.

  2. Because I refused or failed the State's breath or blood test, I was served an Officer's Affidavit and Notice of Revocation. I requested an Administrative Hearing to contest the revocation. At the Administrative Hearing, the Hearing Officer ruled against me. May I still get a hardship permit (modified drivers license) to drive?

    • Yes, but you will be required to appeal to the District Court of the county of your arrest. Once an administrative hearing has been held, the Department of Public Safety cannot agree to a modified drivers license without a petition being filed in the District Courts seeking such relief.
Last Modified on Oct 05, 2020
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