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Appointment-free license renewals to be offered at DTOP event

Transportation and Public Works Secretary Eileen Vélez Vega

By John McPhaul

Transportation and Public Works (DTOP) Secretary Eileen Vélez Vega on Monday announced the “Get Up to Date and Renew Your License” initiative, where islanders will be able to renew their driver’s license, acquire their Real ID and renew their identification for non-drivers without an appointment.

“With this initiative we help those drivers who have not yet been able to renew their licenses to have a great opportunity to comply with the law and renew their permit as an authorized driver,” Vélez Vega said in a written statement. “We keep working with new and better tools to facilitate the renewal process for citizens. We know that many citizens, for various reasons, have not been able to carry out this necessary procedure and with this initiative we make sure that everyone can have the opportunity to catch up and renew their driver’s license. We will be working to continue with this proposal and help those drivers renew their licenses.”

Vélez Vega said the services will be available to anyone who needs to renew services and can perform them without the need for an appointment. The process will take place in the plaza of the Roberto Sánchez Vilella building (Minillas) in Santurce this Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 a.m.

Citizens interested in renewing their license must present all the documents necessary for the certification and renewal of the license. The documents and requirements can be found on the DTOP website ( and on the agency’s social networks, or citizens can call (939) 545-3708 for information. The verification of records and documents begin at 8 a.m. both days in the plaza, and the public will be attended to in order of arrival and without the need for an appointment.

As part of the COVID-19 executive order, physical distancing and the use of a mask will be requested at all times. In Puerto Rico there are currently 1,952,954 driver’s licenses issued. The driver services centers handle some 6,900 citizens daily who are interested in renewing, obtaining driver’s licenses and managing other necessary transactions for drivers.

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