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How to apply for a Texas Identification Card

The Department issues identification cards that are valid for up to six years to Texas residents. To apply for an ID card, you will need to provide proof of the following:

  1. U.S. Citizenship or, if you are not a U.S. Citizen, evidence of lawful presence
  2. Texas Residency
  3. Identity, and
  4. Social Security Number

You may download this brochure for information and this checklist to assist you in determining which documents you may have that will meet these requirements. 

Once you have gathered the necessary documents, you will need to do the following:

  1. Complete the identification card application before arriving at your local office. (This form is also available at all driver license offices.)
  2. Visit your local driver license office. Depending on the office closest to you, you may be able to get in-line before arriving.  Locate the office nearest you.
  3. Provide the following documentation to the customer service representative:
    1. Application for the issuance of an identification card.
    2. U.S. Citizenship or, if you are not a U.S. Citizen, evidence of lawful presence
    3. Texas Residency
    4. Identity, and
    5. Social Security Number
  4. Provide your thumbprint.
  5. Have your picture taken.
  6. Pay the application fee.

Once your identification card has been issued, you will receive a temporary receipt. Before leaving the driver license office, review the printed information on your temporary receipt for accuracy.  If any of the information is not correct, notify the customer service representative. Your new card will arrive in the mail in approximately 4 – 6 weeks. To check the mailing status of your card, visit our mailing status web page.

U.S. Military Veterans

Some disabled veterans may qualify for a fee exemption on their driver license or ID card. More information about this service, including qualification requirements, is available on the Veteran Services page.

Temporary Visitors and Foreign Students

Temporary visitors and foreign students applying for a Texas identification card must meet additional requirements. For more information, visit the U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Presence Requirement page.

Address Confidentiality Program

For information on the Address Confidentiality Program, visit the Address Confidentiality Program page. 

Note: If you hold a driver license, you are no longer eligible to apply for an identification card unless you surrender your driver license at the time of application.