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DPS offices identified for possible closure

August 25, 2018 GMT

Some Rio Grande Valley drivers could have to drive to a neighboring county to apply for driver license renewals if a state agency decides to approve the Texas Department of Public Safety’s proposal to close 87 of its offices.

Under review by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, DPS has released a preliminary list of 87 offices it has recommended for closure after an April commission report recommended the DPS “develop and implement a plan to close inefficient driver license offices.”

The agency estimates these offices average 2,500 customers annually.

On the list is the Palmview Driver License Office, located on North Breyfogle Road in Mission. Were this office to close, Hidalgo County would be left with three offices, in McAllen, Edinburg and Weslaco.

Also on the list are 78 offices that are the only ones in their counties, like those in cities such as Falfurrias, Hebbronville and George West, which serve all of Brooks, Jim Hogg and Live Oak Counties, respectively.

Elected officials in those districts — including State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and State Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City — have criticized the DPS plan, arguing rural residents would be most affected.

A more complete version of this story is available on www.myBrownsvilleHerald.com