Identification Cards in Texas
How to Get a State ID in Texas:
- Visit a Texas DPS office .
- Complete an Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card (Form DL 14-A).
- Provide proof of your identity, legal presence, and residency.
- Pay the $16 identification card fee (Varies with age).
- For more details, please see below.
New to Texas?
Your out-of-state ID card -- or one issued in a U.S. territory or foreign country -- is valid for use in Texas until it expires.
If you are a new resident of Texas and would like a Texas ID card once your current driver's license or ID card expires (or if you are applying for your first ID card), you will need to prove your identity. U.S. citizenship and lawful presence. and Texas residency. Please follow the steps listed below.
Texas ID Cards Eligibility Requirements
There are no age restrictions to apply for an ID card in Texas.
If you have been a Texas resident for at least 30 days, you may apply for a Texas ID card. You will need to be able to prove your:
- U.S. citizenship or lawful presence status.
- Texas residency.
Apply for a Texas Identification Card
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) does NOT allow you to apply for an original Texas ID card online or by phone. You must apply in person
at a local DPS office and submit:
- An Application For Texas Driver License or Identification Card (Form DL 14-A).
- Proof of identity. The DPS designates that you may bring either:
- 1 document from the primary list (e.g. valid U.S. passport, U.S. military ID card, Texas driver's license, U.S. Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization).
- 2 documents from the secondary list (e.g. original or certified birth certificate, U.S. Department of State Certification of Birth Abroad, court order showing your name and date of birth).
- A combination of 1 document from the secondary list and 2 documents from the “supporting" list (e.g. Social Security card, Form W-2 or 1099, TX voter registration card).
- The DPS provides a list of acceptable documentation for each category.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship and lawful presence for non-residents (e.g. original or certified birth certificate, U.S. passport, permanent resident card).
- The DPS has a list of documents for non-residents to prove lawful status.
- Proof of Texas residency (2 documents - e.g. deed or mortgage, rental/lease agreement, TX voter registration card).
- One of these documents must show that you've lived in Texas for at least 30 days. Please see the state's list of residency documents for details.
- Payment for your ID card fee (see “Texas ID Card Fees " below).