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Apply for an Identification (ID) Card

To apply for your first Texas ID card, you must do the following:

  1. Gather documents that verify your identity, U.S. citizenship or lawful presence status, Social Security Number and Texas residency.
  2. Complete the application. (This form is also available at all driver license offices.)
  3. Apply in person at any driver license office and bring the required documents and fees.

New Texas Residents

Individuals who hold a valid, unexpired ID card from another U.S. state, U.S. territory or foreign country, do not need to replace it with a Texas ID card until it expires. To apply for a Texas ID card, an individual must meet all of the above requirements.

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.

Note: DPS no longer issues both a Driver License (DL) and Identification (ID) card to an individual. Applicants holding both types of cards must surrender one at the time of transaction. Texas Transportation Code (TRC 521.183)