20 March 2020 – Driver License Offices to close immediately

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence, Supply Chains, Transportation
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing offices, businesses, institutions, and operations
Level of Jurisdiction: Texas
Lead People/Agency: Governor Greg Abbott

Overview: Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver License Offices across the state are closing immediately. This temporary closure will not apply to those seeking an initial Commercial Driver License (CDL). DPS offices that provide CDL testing will remain open solely for the purpose of providing initial CDLs.
Full details here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-temporary-closure-of-driver-license-offices

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee
Evidence/Justification: Our commercial drivers are essential to the consistent flow of goods throughout the state, and we will continue to ensure those seeking an initial CDL can do so, said Governor Abbott. “Closing driver license offices to those not seeking an initial CDL is another step the state is taking to encourage social distancing in our communities.” This announcement follows the Governor’s suspension of certain provisions of the Texas Transportation Code to delay the expiration date for driver licenses, commercial driver licenses, and other identification documents (on March 18, 2020). Social distancing was previously presented by the coronavirus task force prior to this executive order.