Well, our youngest son got his license this morning!
We were pretty fortunate to be able to make an appointment at the DPS (DMV) just a few days after he passed his driving test. The lady at the driving school said that appointments in Austin were backed up for 5 or 6 months… which would put us at December or January! She suggested to use the online reservations system to look for DPS offices farther away from the city. That turned out to be excellent advice, and we were able to schedule an 8:05 am appointment at the Lampasas DPS, which is an hour north of home. We were the first ones there, and in fact, when we left a half hour later, there was only one other person waiting for her 8:35 appointment.
What a difference this tiny rural office is from the busy DPS mega-center in Pflugerville where we went for Bay’s license and driving test. I highly recommend taking this route and making an appointment away from major cities. It’s like an alternate reality where everything is right in the world. 😀