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New driver’s license office opens in Fort Worth

Local drivers have a new place to go to renew their driver’s licenses or get election identification certificates.

Officials gathered Tuesday at the new Fort Worth East Driver’s License Office at the Charles F. Griffin Subcourthouse, 3500 Miller Ave., to formally open the office.

“Thanks to the commitment by the leaders of this community and the support of lawmakers, DPS is pleased to be opening this new driver’s license office, where area residents will reap the benefits of more convenient and accessible services for years to come,” said Cheryl MacBride, deputy director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

MacBride joined local officials including state Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, and Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks at the dedication.

Officials have said the purpose of a driver’s license office in the southeast Fort Worth subcourthouse is to boost accessibility for driver’s license renewals and election identification certificates.

The election ID certificates may be used by Texans who don’t have other forms of photo ID, which is now required in elections because of the state’s voter ID law.

Burnam worked to set up the office; county officials contributed $25,000 to build a 465-square-foot office in the Community Room at the subcourthouse.

“The voter ID law is a terrible, racist law, but we have to live under it for now,” Burnam said. “This driver’s license office, the first and only one inside [Loop 820], means the people of inner Fort Worth will be more able to clear the hurdles for voting under the law Attorney General Abbott is busy defending in court.

“The right to vote is not just for suburbanites."

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.