Texas Residency Requirement for Driver Licenses and ID Cards

September 22, 2020


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.  
  • Both documents may be from the same governmental entity provided they are not for the same service. Example: A water and gas bill from the same municipal utility on separate statements are acceptable. Statements for the same service for different months are not acceptable.
  • Printed electronic statements are acceptable

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
  • Valid, unexpired Texas motor vehicle registration or title
  • Valid, unexpired Texas boat registration or title
  • Texas concealed handgun license (CHL) or license to carry (LTC)
  • A utility or residential service bill dated within 90 days of the date of application. Examples of acceptable statements include, but are not limited to, electric, water, gas, internet, cable, streaming services, cellular telephone, etc. 
  • Selective Service card
  • Medical or health card
  • Current homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy or statement, 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
  • A preprinted W-2, 1099, or 1098 tax form from an employer, government, or financial institution for the most recent tax year
  • Mail or printed electronic statements 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 or statement
  • 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
  5. Individuals who are minors in Department of Family Protective Services conservatorship
  6. Individuals who are under 21 years of age in Department of Family Protective Services paid foster care
  7. Applicants who are considered homeless youth as defined by 42 USC Section 11434a

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

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