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How to Apply for a Texas Identification Card

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) issues non-driver identification cards to State residents who don't have a valid ID card, driver license or instruction permits from the State or any other jurisdiction. The ID card can be used to prove your identity, age and residence in a variety of situations. The identification card is valid for six years if you are under 60. For residents who are 60 and above a single renewal is valid for life. There is no age restriction to apply for an ID card.

APPLYING FOR A TEXAS ID CARD

  1. Locate the Driver License Office nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Complete the Application for Texas Driver License form
  3. Bring proper identification. You will be asked to present two pieces of primary identification and one piece of secondary identification.
  4. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $15.00, for those under age 60 and $5.00 for those above 60, Confirm the exact fee with your local Driver License Office.

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RENEWING A TEXAS ID CARD

  1. You can renew your Texas id card online. You will require your current id card, your social security card and a valid credit card to do so.
  2. The fee will remain the same ($15 for those under 60 and $5 for those above 60) but $1 will be charged as service fees.

RENEWING A TEXAS ID CARD WHILE OUT OF STATE (NON MILITARY PERSONNEL)

  1. You will need to complete the following documents:
  2. A Scan Card form (LI-50).
  3. A Texas Driver License & Identification Renewal - Duplicate Application form (DL-43). You will need to answer questions 1-4 on this form.
  4. All males between 18-26 years of age will have to complete the United States Selective Service Registration form
  5. Send the above documents and the required fee by check or money order to:
    Texas Department of Public Safety    

P O BOX 15999

Austin TX 78761-5999    
It will take approximately 45 days for a new ID card to be issued. Military personnel have to follow the same procedure and fill out the same forms except for the United States Selective Service Registration Form (DL-15). The forms and fee should be sent to the address given above.

REPLACING A LOST, STOLEN, OR DESTROYED ID CARD

You may be issued a replacement identification card if your original ID card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or if you have had a name or address change.
  1. Locate the Driver License Office nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification. You will be asked to present two pieces of primary identification and one piece of secondary identification.
  3. Provide proof of Texas residence, in the event that your address has changed.
  4. If your name has changed, you must provide proof of name change.
  5. Pay the ID card replacement fee, currently $10.00. Confirm the exact fee with your local DMV Office.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

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