We're pretty sure there has never not been a line at the Houston DPS offices. All of them.
Well, that may change come summer 2015, when the massive new Houston-North Mega Center opens at Dewalt Street and Veterans Memorial on the city's north side. The project, announced last week, will be the fourth mega-center for the Houston metro area, which already has mega-locations on Gessner in Houston as well as out in Richmond/Rosenberg and Spring.
The folks at the DPS really aren't kidding about that whole "mega" thing, either. The 83rd Legislature provided $30 million in funding to DPS to open new offices like the new North Houston Mega Center, which will be 23,000 square feet and will feature 42 work stations and new technology that the DPS says will speed up the whole customer service process.
Coolest thing about this North Side Mega DPS, though? Just like with the other mega centers, you'll be able to check in remotely, which will let you secure a spot in line before you even get there. It's kind of like space technology or something, and will hopefully help to cut down on the lines to nowhere, which is what you stand in when you go to the plain old DPS office right now.
And as an added bonus, this new North Side DPS will also offer both knowledge and driving-skills testing for commercial driver license applicants, so it'll benefit commercial drivers who are in need of some assistance, too.
"DPS is committed to ensuring Texans receive the service they expect and deserve from their driver license experience," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "With its leading-edge technology and extra capacity, the future Houston-North Driver License Mega Center is just one example of how DPS continues to pursue efficient and innovative ways to provide superior service to our customers."
However, there is one caveat -- the office over by the new center on Vantage Parkway will be closing, and those friendly folks at that plain ol' DPS will be integrated into the new location. But with that whole virtual line thing -- which can't possibly wrap around the building the way the current DPS line does -- you probably won't even notice.
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