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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.

Is the Cause of a Motor Vehicle Collision with Property Damage Exceeding $300.00 and/or Personal Injury in any Amount While Operating a Vehicle Without Liability Insurance

Upon the receipt of a Notice of Suspension for this type of action, the driver and/or owner can contest the suspension by requesting an administrative hearing before the Department within 10 days of the date of the notice and can prevent the suspension by establishing that there was liability insurance coverage on the vehicle involved in the accident the time of the accident.

If there was not any insurance coverage, then the driver and/or owner's license will be suspended and the driver and/or owner will also be required to surrender any type of driver license or permit in their possession.

In order to reinstate the driver and/or owner will be required to:

  1. File current proof of liability insurance in their name with DPS;

  2. Provide DPS with either 1 or 2:
    1. Evidence of settlement, a notarized release(s) from the other party(ies), or a notarized written [payout] agreement(s) signed by all parties.

    2. Deposit a bank draft, money order, or cashier’s check payable to DPS in the amount determined by DPS to cover potential damages which will act as security to cover any judgment arising out of the collision; and

  3. Pay a statutory fee of $50.00* for reinstatement.

Further, the driver’s and/or owner’s driving privileges will remain under suspension until the driver and/or owner reinstates with DPS.

*NOTE: The statutory fees required for reinstatement are dependent on the laws in effect at the time of the accident and are subject to change by the Legislature.

Last Modified on Oct 05, 2020
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