What Are Some of the Requirements for Applying for a Texas Identification Card?


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Applicants for a Texas identification card must provide a Social Security number and proof of identity, residency in Texas, and U.S. citizenship or legal residency, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Individuals can download the application from the department’s official website or pick one up at a Texas driver's license office. The individual must present the application and required documents in person and pay a fee. Some disabled military veterans are exempt from the fee.

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Applicants can provide proof of identity by presenting one primary identity document, two secondary identity documents, or one secondary identity document and two supporting identity documents. Primary identity documents include active and recently expired Texas driver licenses or identification cards and active U.S. passports, permanent resident cards, American Indian cards and U.S. military identification cards, states the Texas Department of Public Safety. Secondary identity documents include birth certificates and court orders. Supporting identity documents include Social Security cards, school records, voter registration cards and government identification cards. All documents must be originals or certified copies, and a full list of acceptable documents is available at the department’s website.

The state does not require residents to replace any unexpired identification cards, including cards from other states, U.S. territories and other countries, with Texas identification cards until the valid cards expire, explains the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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