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Out-of-State Renewal or Replacement

Individuals may renew or request a replacement of their Texas driver license or ID card while living outside of the state if their true, fixed and permanent home (domicile) is in Texas.

Examples of people living outside of the state who have Texas domicile include certain U.S. active duty military members, students whose parents live in Texas and people temporarily living outside of Texas for work.

NOTE: The expiration date of a driver license is automatically extended for active duty military personnel stationed outside of Texas unless the license is suspended, canceled or revoked. Military personnel honorably discharged receive a 90 day extension from the date of discharge or after returning to Texas, to renew their driver license.

A new driver license or ID card will be mailed within 45 days after DPS receives the request.

Required Items for All Out-of-State Requests

To renew or request a replacement driver license or ID card:

  1. Download the Out-of-State or Out-of-Country packet.
  2. Complete an application for out-of-state.
    1. The address field is the Texas address that appears on your driver license or ID card.
    2. The mailing address field is your current address.
  3. Send the required fees to:
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    PO Box 149008
    Austin, TX 78714-9008
    We accept checks or money orders payable to Texas DPS.
  4. If you have not already done so, send a copy of your documents to verify your social security number.

Replacements

In addition to the above requirements, individuals changing their name must also send documents that verify a name change.

Individuals replacing a driver license because it was lost, stolen, damaged or the mailing address must be changed, do not need to submit additional items.

Renewals

To renew, the driver license or ID card:

  1. Will expire in less than one year; or
  2. Expired less than two years ago.

In addition to the items required for all out-of-state requests, mail the following:

  1. Individuals who renewed their driver license online, by phone or by mail the last time must complete the Explanation for Eye Specialist.
  2. Individuals renewing a Class A or Class B noncommercial driver license must complete the Exemption Certification.

Active-Duty and Recently Discharged Military Members
To renew a driver license or ID card that is not expired or has been expired for less than two years, please follow the instructions provided in the “Required Items for Out-of-State Requests” section.

To renew a driver license or ID card that has been expired for more than two years, active duty members of the U.S. military and U.S. military members who have been separated for less than 90 days can still renew their driver license or ID card by mailing the following:

  1. Everything listed in the “Required Items for Out-of-State Requests” section
  2. Application for Texas driver license or ID card
  3. If available, a copy of their expired driver license or ID card
  4. A copy of their military ID card* (front and back)
    *It is not illegal to provide a copy of a military ID to another governmental entity.

In order for an expired driver license to remain valid, please carry your military ID card and Texas driver license with you while operating a motor vehicle.

NOTE: Renewing an expired driver license or ID card by mail only applies to active duty or recently discharged military members. Family members are not eligible to renew a driver license or ID card that has been expired for more than two years by mail.

Eligibility Requirements to Renew Through Out-of-State / Country Desk
Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible to renew their license through the out-of-state/country desk.

The applicant/applicant’s: