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:
Once you have gathered the necessary documents, you will need to do the following:
Once your identification card has been issued, you will receive a temporary identification card. Before leaving the driver license office, review the printed information on your temporary identification card for accuracy. If any of the information is not correct, notify the license and permit specialist. 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.
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 applying for a Texas identification card must meet additional requirements. For more information, visit the U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Presence Requirement page.
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.