Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Visitation to all statewide Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities has been temporarily suspended. The Department has set up a hotline for family and friends of people who are incarcerated, at 1-844-476-1289. They have also set up an employee hotline for questions surrounding COVID-19: 1-888-387-4357. You can see more information by visiting the department website here.
Drivers Licences and Vehicle Registration
Texans will be able to use expiring state driver's licenses and ID cards while the state is under the declaration of disaster for COVID-19. Individuals will have 60 days after the end of the disaster declaration to renew their licenses. The decision applies to any driver's license, personal ID card, commercial driver's license, or election identification certificate that expires on March 13, 2020 or later. Learn more here.
On 3/18, Governor Abbott announced that he has directed the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to temporarily waive expiration dates for Driver Licenses, Commercial Driver Licenses, and other identification forms. This action falls within the Governor’s State of Disaster Declaration and is part of the ongoing effort to reduce to spread of COVID-19. This suspension will be in effect until 60 days after the DPS provides further public notice that normal Driver License operations have resumed. Learn more here.
Information on Pending Court Cases
Tarrant County Judges have decided that there will be no new jury trials and reduced dockets from now until April 20, 2020. This decision applies to criminal district courts, county criminal courts, county courts at law, civil, family, and probate courts as well as Tarrant County Justice of the Peace courts. Any jury service that has already started as of March 16, 2020 will continue as scheduled. Tarrant County Jury Services is cancelled until April 17, 2020. You can see the official announcement on the Tarrant County website here.
Information on Municipal Courts
Fort Worth: The Fort Worth Municipal Court is rescheduling all defendants, jurors, and witnesses set for a hearing or trial from March 16, 2020 through and including April 3, 2020. You will receive a written notice from the Court advising you of the new date, time, and location of your hearing, trial, or jury service. Read more here.
Arlington: In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Arlington Municipal Court is rescheduling defendants, jurors, and witnesses set for Jury Trials, Juvenile Dockets, Summons Hearings, Insurance Dockets, Family Violence Dockets, Show Cause and all Pretrial Hearings from March 16, 2020 to April 03, 2020 to a later date. Persons with one of these scheduled hearings, trial, or jury service will receive notice via mail with a new date and time of the reset. Read more here.
Mansfield: The Mansfield Municipal Court is rescheduling all defendants, jurors, and witnesses set for a hearing or trial beginning March 16, 2020. You will receive a written notice from the Court advising you of the new date, and time of your hearing, trial or jury service. Read more here.
Information for Veterans
The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) will provide all services virtually, and you can find district office information on Page 4 of the Staff Directory here. Even though some VA facilities, Workforce Solution Centers, military installations and county office will remain open, TVC will no longer provide in-person services. All services will be provided virtually. This decision protects employees as well as high-risk veterans and their family members. Veterans can continue to get information about TVC services and benefits by visiting their website here.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has also implemented a series of actions to address COVID-19. For more information, call 800-827-1000 or visit their website here.