TULSA - The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has begun a pilot program at three driver license offices, extending the hours of operation to see if people will be willing to come before or after work to do their business.
Sarah Stewart, Director of Media Operations for DPS, tells KRMG one Tulsa office already opened early, but has extended its hours in the evening.
The Broken Arrow office now opens earlier on weekdays, and stays open later on Mondays and Thursdays.
“We really wanted to just try this out and see how many people come in and utilize these before and after work hours, and how much easier it makes it for our customers to get their business done with DPS,” she said. “And we hope it helps.”
The pilot program involves also involves one office in Oklahoma City.
If it is well received, and utilized, by the public, the agency may extend hours at additional offices around the state, Stewart said.
So far, she said, the early-morning hours seem to be popular.
But if you want to bypass the lines, the hours between 5:00 and 6:45 p.m. haven't seen much traffic so far.
“We're seeing an influx of people coming in those early morning hours, and not as many in the evening,” Stewart told KRMG. “So it'd be a good time to come in and avoid the lines.”
Tulsa Eastgate (14002 East 21st Street)
6:30 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. Monday-Friday
Broken Arrow (1635 South Main Street)
7:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
7:00 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. Monday and Thursday