To help reduce identity theft, individuals must present documents to verify their identity when applying for a driver license or identification card.
There are three ways an individual can verify his/her identity:
Bring one item listed in the “Primary Identity Documents” category or
Bring two items listed in the “Secondary Identity Documents” category or
Bring one item listed in the “Secondary Identity Documents” category and two documents listed in the “Supporting Identity Documents” category
The information on the documents, such as name and date of birth, must all match. If the name is different on each document, then the individual must provide documents that verify a legal name change. If other information on the document is different, speak with a Customer Service Representative for assistance.
If you are using a name other than what is on your birth certificate, (example: married name), you will be required to show legal documentation of name change. Documents must be original or certified copy. No photocopies can be accepted.
Court ordered name change
Because the state of Texas does not recognize same-sex marriage, DPS cannot accept same-sex marriage licenses.
Documents listed in any of the following categories may be expired unless otherwise noted.
NOTE: A brochure listing all of the following documents is available for download.
Primary Identity Documents
An individual can present one primary document. No other documents are required to verify identity if one primary document is provided.
Primary identity documents include:
Texas driver license or Texas identification card not expired more than 2 years