AUSTIN - Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, announced today that $210M will be appropriated in the final version of HB 1, the appropriations bill sponsored by Senator 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," Senator Nelson said.

HB 1 includes $8M 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.

Senator 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.

Senator Jane Nelson represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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