No one truly enjoys having to renew their license.
Usually, you prepare yourself to sit and wait at least an hour (or three) to then take maybe 20 mins to complete what is required.
For residents in Lamar County, you may not be aware that your local Department of Public Safety office, located on Hwy 82 W, is the best-kept secret in the state for wait times.
The average wait time is approximately 19 mins, according to data released by the Department of Public Safety last year. The less than 20 minute wait time makes it the fastest office in the state.
Reported widely across the state in mid-2019, DPS keeps separate wait-time records for new licenses and renewals. After compiling the two for averages, it was determined which office boasted the worst waiting times in the state.
Worst wait times:
- Lake Worth: 1 hour, 45 minuted
- Hurst: 1 hour, 47 minutes
- Dallas-South: 1 hour, 55 minutes
- Carrollton: 2 hours, 2 minutes
- Plano: 2 hours, 11 minutes
- Garland: 2 hours, 11 minutes
- Fort Worth: 2 hours, 12 minutes
- Grand Prairie: 2 hours, 17 minutes
Top three shortest average wait times:
- Waxahachie: 1 hour, 5 minutes
- McKinney: 1 hour, 1 minute
- Lewisville: 57 minutes
Although Lewisville is the closest to Paris in wait times, your local office is still saving you close to 40 mins.
Ahead of the REAL ID laws going into effect in October of this year, those that do not already have a gold star situated at the top of your license will have to be prepared to visit a office to renew your license.
And to avoid even longer delays, even the possibility of having to return at a later date, be sure to get online and check all the requirements for what you need to bring ahead of time. There are new requirements with the REAL ID law that many have reported being unaware of.
So, when it comes to wait times, that’s the long and short of it.