Presidio Residents Say Driver’s License Office Closure Sends A Message From The State

Currently, Presidio residents have to drive 85 miles to Alpine or 150 miles to Fort Stockton to get in-person driver’s license services.

By Sally BeavaisOctober 3, 2018 9:37 am, , ,

From Marfa Public Radio:

The Texas Department of Public Safety-operated driver’s license office in Presidio closed at the end of August, leaving residents with potentially hundreds of miles to travel to get photo ID or take driving tests.

The closure came at a time when an advisory arm of the Texas Legislature rejected a proposal to close 87 driver’s license offices, including Presidio’s, across the state. The idea was to redistribute resources to more densely populated areas. But lawmakers like State Representative Poncho Nevarez argued that the closures could unfairly impact rural Texans. “We have to absolutely provide people in Presidio with the opportunity to get a driver’s license without having to drive 100 miles to get one,” he argued.

According to DPS, the closure is temporary.

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