To help reduce identity theft, individuals must present documents to verify their identity when applying for a driver license or identification card.
There are three ways an individual can verify his/her identity:
Bring one item listed in the “Primary Identity Documents” category or
Bring two items listed in the “Secondary Identity Documents” category or
Bring one item listed in the “Secondary Identity Documents” category and two documents listed in the “Supporting Identity Documents” category
The information on the documents, such as name and date of birth, must all match. If the name is different on each document, then the individual must provide documents that verify a legal name change. If other information on the document is different, speak with a Customer Service Representative for assistance.
If you are using a name other than what is on your birth certificate, (example: married name), you will be required to show legal documentation of name change. Documents must be original or certified copy. Certified documents should not be laminated. No photocopies can be accepted.
Original or certified copy of a revised birth certificate
Court ordered name change
Department of State Health Services marriage verification letter
Documents listed in any of the following categories may be expired unless otherwise noted.
NOTE: A brochure listing all of the following documents is available for download.
Primary Identity Documents
An individual can present one primary document. No other documents are required to verify identity if one primary document is provided.
Primary identity documents include:
Texas driver license or Texas identification card not expired more than 2 years
U.S. Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization (N-560, N-561, N-645, N-550, N-55G, N-570 or N-578)
Unexpired Department of Homeland Security or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services document with verifiable data and identifiable photo, such as one of the following:
U.S. Citizen Identification Card (I-179 or I-197)
Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
Foreign passport with attached temporary I-551 (immigrant visa endorsed with ADIT stamp)
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
Refugee Travel Letter with photo, stamped by Customs and Border Protection
American Indian Card (I-872)
Northern Mariana card (I-873)
Foreign passport with attached visa and Form I-94
Unexpired U.S. military ID card for active duty, reserve or retired personnel with identifiable photo
Secondary Identity Documents
Individuals who do not have a primary document can present two secondary documents. No other documents are required to verify identity if two secondary documents are provided.
Secondary identity documents include:
Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a State Bureau of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or a Canadian province
NOTE: Because Puerto Rican statute provides that Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 are no longer valid, the Department cannot recognize these birth certificates as proof of identification or lawful presence. For more information please select the following link. http://prfaa.pr.gov/birthcertificatesnd2.asp
For U.S. citizens born abroad—Certificate of Report of Birth (DS-1350 or FS-545) or Consular Report of Birth (FS-240) issued by the U.S. Department of State
Original or certified copy of a court order with name and date of birth indicating a name and/or gender change from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or a Canadian province
Supporting Identity Documents
Individuals who do not have a primary document or two secondary documents can provide one secondary document (from the list above) and two supporting documents.
Supporting identity documents include:
Social security card
Form W-2 or 1099
Driver license or ID card issued by another U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or Canadian province (unexpired or expired less than two years)*
Texas driver license or ID card that has been expired more than two years
Temporary Texas driver license or ID card
School records* (e.g., report cards, photo ID cards)
Unexpired U.S. military dependent identification card
Original or certified copy of marriage license or divorce decree (if the document is not in English, a certified translation must accompany it)
Voter registration card*
Concealed handgun license or License to Carry*
Professional license issued by a Texas state agency
ID card issued by a government agency*
Consular document issued by a state or national government
Texas Inmate ID card or similar form of ID issued by Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of Criminal Justice parole or mandatory release certificate
Federal inmate identification card
Federal parole or release certificate
Medicare or Medicaid card
Selective Service card
Tribal membership card from federally-recognized tribe
Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood
Unexpired foreign passport
Unexpired insurance policy valid for the past two years (e.g., auto, home or life insurance)
Current Texas vehicle registration or title
Current Texas boat registration or title
Veteran's ID card issued by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Abstract (shortened) birth certificate
Hospital-issued birth record*
Military records (e.g., Form DD-214, DD-215, NGB-22)
*The document must be issued by an institution, entity or government from a U.S. state, a U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or a Canadian province.