Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, announced Friday that $210 million will be appropriated in the final version of House Bill 1, the appropriations bill sponsored by Nelson, to address wait times and improve driver license operations across the state, including the development of a new facility in Denton County. This is the largest investment the Legislature has made in a single budget for the driver license improvement plan to date.
"One of the most common calls to my office relates to wait times at our driver license offices, and the Legislature made a significant investment to increase our capacity to process licenses and allow for a more convenient experience. We are also looking at ways to encourage Texans to handle their renewals online -- which also has the potential to reduce wait times, given that about half of the transactions that occur in our offices can be completed online," Nelson said.
HB 1 includes $8 million for the development of a new, larger, and more convenient driver license facility in Denton, which will have 12 workstations -- seven more than the existing Denton driver license office location on North Loop 288. HB 1 also funds 762 new positions to fill vacant workstations at existing offices around the state to provide increased capacity and expedited service. These efforts are part of a long-term initiative of the Legislature to make these transactions more convenient for Texas drivers.
Nelson authored a rider in the state budget last session that directed the opening of a mega center in Carrollton. The Department of Public Safety reports the new Denton office will likely be completed by December 2020.