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How to Apply for a Texas Identification Card

A TX ID card is a form of photo identification for Texas residents who do not require a drivers license. There are no age requirements to get identification cards in Texas. However, applicants must have lived in Texas for a minimum of 30 days.

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How to Get a DMV ID Card

To apply for ID card documents, make an appointment at a DPS office and bring the correct documentation.
Drivers must bring one primary identity document and two secondary identity documents or one secondary and two supporting identity documents when filing an ID card application in Texas.

Primary and Secondary Documents    
  • Primary documents:
    • Driving license
    • Passport
  • Secondary documents:
    • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
    • Court order showing name and date of birth and indicating a name change or gender change from a U.S. entity (original or certified copy)
  • Supporting documents:
    • Social Security card
    • W-2 form
  • Two proofs of residency:
    • Valid voter registration card
    • Car registration certificate
  • One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
    • Health insurance card
  • One proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence:
    • Passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) (non-U.S. citizens)
    • Foreign passport with attached temporary I-551 (non-U.S. citizens)
Fill out the Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card (DL-14A) form.
Pay the necessary fee:    
  • Residents 59 and younger: $16
  • Residents 60 or older: $6
    • Driver license offices accept cash, checks, money orders and credit cards.

If you are 59 years old or younger, your new Texas ID card will expire after six years on your birthday. ID cards of residents 60 years old or older do not expire.

DMV.com Note: New residents with an unexpired out-of-state identification card are not required to get ID card documents until after their current credentials expire. Residents can also apply for a voter registration card.

Veteran Identification Cards

Veterans applying for an ID card can receive credentials free of charge if they meet the following qualifications:

  • He or she was honorably discharged.
  • He or she is not subject to the registration requirements of sex offenders.
  • He or she receives compensation from the US due to disability.
  • He or she has a service-related disability of at least 60 percent.

For disability, they will have to provide a letter on their disability status from the US Department of Veterans Affairs or official documents that certify honorable discharge, service-related disability and US compensation.
Veterans are also eligible for a "Veterans" designation. Individuals must have been honorably discharged and have served in one of the following:

  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Texas National Guard (not Texas State Guard)
  • U.S. Army

Veterans must go to a local driver license office and provide a written request for the designation along with one of the following documents proving honorable discharge (original or certified copies):

  • DD-214 form
  • DD-215 form
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs disability letter
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs Proof of Service/Verification of Honorable Service Card

Texas ID Card Renewal

There are three ways that residents can renew ID card documents after they expire:

  • By phone
  • Online
  • By mail
  • In person

If your identification card has been expired for more than two years, you must apply for a new ID card. The Texas Department of Public Safety requires renewing in person every other ID renewal period to keep your photo up to date.

By Phone

Call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 866-357-3639 if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You are a United States citizen
  • You are 18 years old or older
  • The DPS has your Social Security Number on file
  • You have a valid ID card that expires in less than one year or that expired less than two years ago

You must have a valid credit card to pay for the $6 or $16 renewal fee.

Online

Visit the ID Card Renewal portal if you meet the below qualifications:

  • You are a United States citizen.
  • You are 18 years old or older.
  • The DPS has your Social Security Number on file.
  • You have a valid ID card that expires in less than one year or that expired less than two years ago.

When applying for ID card renewal, you must have access to:

  • A valid credit card:
    • The fee for a renewed identification card is $16
  • A current ID card.
  • The last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • A printer to print your temporary Texas ID card.

By Mail

Only those who received a notice from the Texas DPS about TX ID card renewal are eligible to renew by mail. Follow the steps on the form enclosed in the ID renewal notice and enclose a check or money order for the $6 or $16 fee.

In Person

Visit a local driver license office and provide the same documentation required to apply for a new ID card. You will also have to fill out an Application for Renewal/Replacement/Change of a Texas Driver License or Identification Card (DL-43) form and pay the necessary fee:

  • Residents 59 and younger: $16
  • Residents 60 or older: $6

Driver license offices accept cash, checks, money orders and credit cards.

How to Replace an ID Card

For Texas identification cardsthat have been lost, stolen or damaged, residents must get a replacement ID card. Follow these steps:

  1. Visit a local driver license office
  2. Complete an Application for Renewal/Replacement/Change of a Texas Driver License or Identification Card (DL-43) form
  3. Show proof of identity:
  4. Primary documents:
    • Driving license
    • Passport
  5. Secondary documents:
    • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
    • Court order showing name and date of birth and indicating a name change or gender change from a U.S. entity (original or certified copy)
  6. Supporting documents:
    • Social Security card
    • W-2 form

Drivers must bring one primary identity document and two secondary identity documents or one secondary and two supporting identity documents when applying to replace ID card credentials in Texas.

  1. Show proof of lawful presence (non-US citizens):
  2. Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
  3. Foreign passport with attached temporary I-551
  4. Provide proof of Social Security Number (if SSN is not already part of the driving record):
  5. Social Security card
  6. Health insurance card
  7. Pay the $11 replacement fee
  8. Driver license offices accept cash, checks, money orders and credit cards.

If your ID card was stolen, the TX DPS requires that you file a police report and bring it to the driver license office when you apply for a replacement.

Out-of-State Replacement

Out-of-state residents who require replacement ID cards must follow these steps:

  1. Download the Out of State or Out of Country packet
  2. Complete the Out of State or Out of Country Renewal/Replacement/Change of Texas Driver License or Identification (DL/ID) Card application
  3. Put your Texas address in the address field
  4. Put your current out-of-state address in the mailing field
  5. Mail the form, a copy of your documents that verify your SSN and $11 replacement fee (check or money order payable to Texas DPS) to:
Texas Department of Public Safety 
PO Box 149008
Austin, TX 78714-9008    

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