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Texas Residency Requirement for Driver Licenses and ID Cards

Learn more about other documents that must be presented when applying for or renewing a driver license, ID card, or commercial driver license.

To verify Texas residency, an individual must present two documents from the drop down menu below. Both documents must contain the individual's name and residential address. One of the documents must verify that the individual has lived in Texas for at least 30 days. Individuals who are surrendering a valid, unexpired driver license from another state, or applying for a commercial driver license, must still present proof of residency; however, the 30 day requirement is waived.

Individuals who are unable to provide two acceptable documents may be eligible to complete a Texas Residency Affidavit.

NOTE: A brochure listing all of the following documents is available for download.

   Residency Documents

Any of the following documents will be accepted to verify an individual's Texas residency. The two documents provided must be issued by different companies or agencies. For example, an individual may not use a water bill and an electricity bill from the same company.

NOTE: Remember, all documents presented must contain the individual's name and Texas residential address.

  • Current deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or a residential rental/lease agreement
  • Valid, unexpired Texas voter registration card
  • Texas motor vehicle registration or title
  • Texas boat registration or title
  • Concealed Handgun License (CHL) or License to Carry (LTC)
  • Utility statement (including electric, water, natural gas, satellite TV, cable TV or noncellular phone bill) dated within 90 days of the date of application
  • Selective Service card
  • Medical or health card
  • Current homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy or homeowner’s or renter’s insurance statement
  • Current automobile insurance policy or an automobile insurance statement
  • Texas high school, college or university report card or transcript for the current school year
  • W-2 or 1099 tax form from the current tax year
  • Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, investment account and credit card statements dated within 90 days of the date of application
  • Mail from a federal, state, county or city government agency, or a third-party representing a government agency dated within 90 days of the date of application
  • Current automobile payment booklet
  • Pre-printed paycheck or payment stub dated within 90 days of the date of application
  • Current documents issued by the U.S. military indicating residence address
  • Document from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice indicating the applicant's recent release or parole
  • Current Form DS2019, I-20 or a document issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Veteran's Health Identification Card (VHIC)
  • Letter of Texas residency issued by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD)

Residency Requirement Waived

The residency requirement will be waived for individuals who are authorized to use an alternative address under the following circumstances:

  1. Individuals subject to the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) administered by the Attorney General of Texas
  2. Judges or spouses of judges
  3. Active duty military personnel, their spouses, and dependents may provide a residency address outside of Texas
  4. Individuals currently incarcerated in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility

NOTE: Peace officers using an alternative address must still verify their Texas residency.

Statutory Authority