• Obtaining a Texas ID

    Courtesy of the Texas Department of Public Safety website
  • Requirements for All Applicants

    All first time applicants for a Texas identification card must:
    • Apply in person at a Texas Driver License office.
    • Present documents that verify your Identity. Different documents are required if you are a U.S. citizen or have Lawful Presence. This may require you to present one or more documents at the driver license office. All information on each document you present must match. Additional documentation may be required to verify conflicting information, incomplete names and date of birth.
    • Complete the application by clicking Application for Texas Driver License of Identification Card.
    • Consent to be photographed, fingerprinted, and provide your signature at the time of application.
    • Pay the required fee with cash, money order, or non-temporary check only.
    There is no age restriction for an identification card.
    NOTE: If you currently have a Texas driver license or commercial driver license and apply for a Texas identification card, the identification card will be issued with a different number.
    Identification Requirements for a Texas Identification Card

    NOTE: This page only outlines the identification requirements for receiving a Texas identification card. You must still meet all other requirements for a driver license or ID card. Additional documents may be required for other requirements.
    The identification cards are a nationally accepted form of identification, and it is used daily to establish identity. Therefore, the Department has the responsibility to correctly determine an applicant's identity before issuing an identification card.
    To satisfy the identity verification requirement for a Texas identification card, every applicant must present either one piece of:
    Primary Identification: These items are complete within themselves and require no supporting instruments. These documents must contain the applicant's full name, date of birth, and photo.

    1.       Texas driver license (DL) or identification certificate (ID) with photo and within two years of expiration date

    2.      Unexpired United States passport book or passport card

    3.      United States Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with identifiable photo (N-560, N-561, N-645, N-550, N-55G, N-570 or N-578)

    4.      Unexpired DHS or USCIS document issued for a period of at least one year and must be valid for no less than six months from the date presented to the department with a completed application. The document must contain verifiable data and identifiable photo. Examples include:  

    • US Citizen Identification Card (I-179 or I-197)
    • Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
    • Temporary Resident Identification Card (I-688)
    • Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
    • U.S. Travel Document (I-327 or I-571)
    • Advance Parole Document (I-512 or I-512L)
    •  I-94 stamped Sec. 208 Asylee with photo
    •  I-94 stamped Sec. 207 Refugee with photo
    • American Indian Card (I-872)
    • Northern Mariana card (I-873)
    • Transportation Workers Identification Card
    • Foreign Passport, visa (valid or expired), and Form I-94 with an undefined expiration date (e.g., duration of stay)
    • Foreign Passport, visa (valid or expired), and Form I-94 with a defined expiration date. The Form I-94 must have been issued for a period of at least one year and have at least six months validity remaining.
    • Unexpired United States military ID card for active duty, reserve, or retired personnel with identifiable photo
    Secondary Identification: These items are recorded governmental documents (United States, one of the fifty states, a United States territory, District of Columbia, or Canadian province) that include full name and date of birth.
    An applicant must present either two secondary documents or one secondary and two supporting documents to establish identity.
    • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by the appropriate State Bureau of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or a Canadian province. A birth record issued by a hospital is not acceptable under this category.
    • Original or certified copy of U.S. Dept. of State Certification of Birth Abroad (issued to U. S. citizens born abroad) (Form FS-240, DS-1350, or FS-545)
    • Original or certified copy of court order with name and date of birth (DOB) indicating an official change of name and/or gender from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Canadian province. 
    Supporting Identification: These items consist of other records or documents that aid examining personnel in establishing the identity of the applicant. The following items are not all inclusive. The examining or supervisory personnel may determine that an unlisted document meets the department's needs in establishing identity.
    An applicant must present one secondary and two supporting documents to establish identity.
    • Social Security card (actual card)
    • Forms W-2 or 1099
    • Numident record from the Social Security Administration
    • Temporary receipt for a Texas driver license or ID (actual receipt)
    • Driver license or ID issued by another U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Canadian province (unexpired or within two years of the expiration date) (actual card) *
    • Expired Texas driver license or ID (expired more than two years) (actual card)
    • School records* (e.g., report cards, photo ID cards)
    • Military records (e.g., Form DD-214)
    • Unexpired U.S. military dependant identification card (actual card)
    • Original or certified copy of marriage license or divorce decree (U.S. jurisdiction or foreign jurisdiction – if the document is not in English, a certified translation must accompany it)
    • Voter registration card (actual card)*
    • Pilot's license (actual card)*
    • Concealed handgun license (actual card)*
    • Professional license issued by Texas state agency
    • ID card issued by government agency*
    • A valid consular document issued by a state or national government
    • Texas Inmate ID card or similar form of ID issued by TDCJ
    • TDCJ parole or mandatory release certificate
    • Federal inmate identification card
    • Federal parole or release certificate
    • Medicare or Medicaid card (actual card)
    • Selective Service card (actual card)
    • Immunization records*
    • Tribal membership card from federally-recognized tribe
    • Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood
    • Unexpired foreign passport
    • Insurance policy (e.g., auto, home, life) (valid continuously for the past two years)
    • Texas Vehicle title (TRC §521.144)
    • Current Texas vehicle registration
    • Current Texas boat registration or title
    • Veteran’s Administration card (actual card)
    • Hospital issued birth record*
    *This document must be issued by an institution, entity, or government from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Canadian province.
    For more information on obtaining a Texas ID, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety