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Procedure[edit]

Renewal[edit]

  1. To renew your driver license or identification card while out of state, you will need to submit the following information and completed forms to the Department of Public Safety for processing:
    1. An Out-of-State or Out-of-Country Packet
    2. Complete the enclosed application (DL-16)
    3. The address field is the Texas address that appears on your driver license or identification card
    4. The mailing address field is your current address where you want your card mailed
    5. Proof of Texas Residency
    6. Proof of Social Security Number
    7. An Eye Specialist examination
    8. The appropriate renewal fee
    9. If you are renewing a Class A or B non-commercial driver license, you must also include a completed Exemption Certification.
    10. If you are changing your name with your renewal request, you will be required to submit additional documentation.
  2. Send the completed forms and requested documents along with a check or money order payable to Texas DPS to the following address:
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    PO Box 149008
    Austin, TX 78714-9008

Replacement[edit]

  1. To those who are currently out-of-state and need to change your address or replace a lost or stolen driver license or identification card you will need to complete the following:
    1. An out-of-state application
    2. Proof of Texas Residency
    3. Proof of Social Security Number
    4. The appropriate replacement fee
  2. Send the completed forms and requested documents along with a check or money order payable to Texas DPS to the following address:
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    PO Box 149008
    Austin, TX 78714-9008
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Required Documents[edit]

Proof of Texas Residency[edit]

Any of the following documents will be accepted to verify an individual’s domicile in Texas. The two documents must be issued by different companies or agencies. For example, an individual may not use a water bill and an electricity bill from the same company.

  • Current deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, or a residential rental/lease agreement
  • Valid, unexpired Texas voter registration card
  • Texas motor vehicle registration or title
  • Texas boat registration or title
  • Texas concealed handgun license
  • Utility statement (including electric, water, natural gas, satellite TV, cable TV, or non-cellular phone bill) dated within 90 days of the date of application
  • Selective Service card
  • Medical or health card
  • Current homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy or homeowner’s or renter’s insurance statement
  • Current automobile insurance policy or an automobile insurance statement
  • Texas high school, college, or university report card or transcript for the current school year
  • W-2 or 1099 tax form from the current tax year
  • Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, investment account, and credit card statements dated within 90 days of the date of application
  • Mail from a federal, state, county, or city government agency dated within 90 days of the date of application
  • Current automobile payment booklet
  • Pre-printed paycheck or payment stub dated within 90 days of the date of application
  • Current documents issued by the US military indicating residence address
  • Document from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice indicating the applicant's recent release or parole


Domicile Requirement Waived

The domicile requirement will be waived for individuals who are authorized to use an alternative address under the following circumstances:

  1. Individuals subject to the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) administered by the Attorney General of Texas
  2. Judges or spouses of judges

Proof of Identity[edit]

Three ways an applicant can verify his/her identity:

  1. Present one item listed in the Primary Identity Documents category or
  2. Present two items listed in the Secondary Identity Documents category or
  3. Present one item listed in the Secondary Identity Documents category and two documents listed in the Supporting Identity Documents category

Information on the documents, such as name and date of birth, must all match. If the name is different on each document, then the applicant 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. Certified documents should not be laminated. No photocopies can be accepted.

Acceptable documents:

  • Marriage license
  • Divorce decree
  • 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: You may download a brochure listing all of the following documents LINK


Primary Identity Documents

An applicant can present one primary document. No other documents are required to verify identity if ONE primary document is provided.

  • Texas driver license or Texas identification card not expired more than 2 years
  • Proof of citizenship will be required if not previously established
  • Unexpired U.S. passport book or card
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization (N-560, N-561, N-645, N-550, N-55G, N-570 or N-578)
  • Unexpired Department of Homeland Security or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services document with verifiable data and identifiable photo, such as one of the following:
  • U.S. Citizen Identification Card (I-179 or I-197)
  • Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
  • Foreign passport with attached temporary I-551 (immigrant visa endorsed with ADIT stamp)
  • Temporary Resident Identification Card (I-688)
  • Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
  • U.S. Travel Document (I-327 or I-571)
  • Advance Parole Document (I-512 or I-512L)
  • I-94 stamped Sec. 208 Asylee with photo
  • I-94 stamped Sec. 207 Refugee with photo
  • Refugee Travel Letter with photo, stamped by Customs and Border Protection
  • American Indian Card (I-872)
  • Northern Mariana card (I-873)
  • Foreign passport with attached visa and Form I-94
  • Unexpired U.S. military ID card for active duty, reserve or retired personnel with identifiable photo


Secondary Identity Documents

Applicants who do not have a primary document can present two secondary documents. No other documents are required to verify identity if TWO secondary documents are provided.

  • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a State Bureau of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or a Canadian province
Note: Because Puerto Rican statute provides that Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 are no longer valid, the Department cannot recognize these birth certificates as proof of identification or lawful presence. To know more LINK.
  • For U.S. citizens born abroad Certificate of Report of Birth (DS-1350 or FS-545) or Consular Report of Birth (FS-240) issued by the U.S. Department of State
  • Original or certified copy of a court order with name and date of birth indicating a name and/or gender change from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or a Canadian province


Supporting Identity Documents

Applicants who do not have a primary document or two secondary documents can provide ONE secondary document (from the list above) and TWO supporting documents.

  • Social security card
  • Form W-2 or 1099
  • Driver license or ID card issued by another U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or Canadian province (unexpired or expired less than two years)*
  • Texas driver license or ID card that has been expired more than two years
  • Temporary receipt for a Texas driver license or ID card
  • School records* (e.g., report cards, photo ID cards)
  • Unexpired U.S. military dependent identification card
  • Original or certified copy of marriage license or divorce decree (if the document is not in English, a certified translation must accompany it)
  • Voter registration card*
  • Pilot license*
  • Concealed handgun license*
  • Professional license issued by a Texas state agency
  • ID card issued by a government agency*
  • Consular document issued by a state or national government
  • Texas Inmate ID card or similar form of ID issued by Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice parole or mandatory release certificate
  • Federal inmate identification card
  • Federal parole or release certificate
  • Medicare or Medicaid card
  • Selective Service card
  • Immunization records*
  • Tribal membership card from federally-recognized tribe
  • Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood
  • Unexpired foreign passport
  • Unexpired insurance policy valid for the past two years (e.g., auto, home or life insurance)
  • Current Texas vehicle registration or title
  • Current Texas boat registration or title
  • Veteran's Health Identification Card (VHIC) and Proof of Service/Verification of Honorable Service Card from U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Hospital-issued birth record*
  • Military records (e.g., Form DD-214)

Note *: The document must be issued by an institution, entity or government from a U.S. state, a U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or a Canadian province.


Proof of a Social Security Number[edit]

The Department requires one of the following primary documents for evidence of social security number for Texas driver license and identification card issuance. The document presented can be expired or unexpired but must have the individual's full SSN printed on it. Documentation must be unaltered originals, not copies.

  • Social Security Card
  • W-2
  • SSA-1099 Form
  • A non-SSA-1099 form, or
  • Paystub with the applicant's name and SSN on it.


Should an individual be unable to provide one of the documents listed above, the Department will accept any of the following documents as evidence of social security number.

  • Military identification (active, reserve, and dependent status):
    • Must contain applicant’s social security number
  • Certificate of release or Discharge of Active Duty (DD-214)
  • Certified college/university transcript designating number as SSN
  • Documents such as health insurance cards, Veteran's Administration cards, and pilot's licenses with identifiable SSN may be accepted.

Change of Information[edit]

Name Change

  • Marriage-Related Name Change, if your name change is marriage related, bring one of the following documents:
    • Marriage license
    • Divorce decree
    • Annulment
    • Department of State Health Services marriage verification letter
  • Other Types of Name Change, if your name change is not marriage related, bring one of the following documents:
    • Certified court order
    • Amended birth certificate


Gender Change
To change your gender, you must bring an original certified court order or an amended birth certificate verifying the change.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Texas Department of Public Safety
5805 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78752-4431

Mailing Address:
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001

Search for Driver License Offices


El Paso Gateway
7300 Gateway East
EL PASO, TX 79915
915-598-3487


El Paso Hondo Pass
4505 Hondo Pass
EL PASO, TX 79904-1308
915-751-6455


El Paso Northwest
1854 Northwestern
EL PASO, TX 79912-1122
915-877-1647


El Paso Scott Simpson
11612 Scott Simpson Drive
EL PASO, TX 79936-6210
915-849-4100

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Eligibility[edit]

You may be eligible to renew or replace your Texas driver license or ID card without returning to Texas, if your 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.


To renew while out-of-state, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your driver license or identification card will expire in less than one year, and has not been expired for more than two years, unless you are active duty military
  • You are between 18 and 78 years old
  • You are not renewing or replacing a commercial driver license, learner license, provisional license or occupational driver license
  • You are not subject to the registration requirements of Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Your vision, physical or mental condition has not changed in a way that affects your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
  • Your driver license is not currently suspended, revoked, canceled, and you do not have any warrants or outstanding traffic citations (check your driver eligibility status)
  • Your driver record does not reflect an administrative status due to a condition that requires periodic review, including any medical or physical condition that may affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
  • You are a U.S. Citizen
  • Your social security number is on file with the Department
  • You are not issued a Limited-Term driver license
  • You comply with the Texas Residency Requirements

Fees[edit]

Driver's License[edit]

Driver license (Class A, B or C):

  • Age 18 to 84 - renewal: $25
  • Age 85 and older - renewal: $9
  • Replacement driver license: $11


Motorcycle with driver license (Class AM, BM or CM)

  • Renewal—add to driver license renewal fee: $8
  • Motorcycle license (Class M) only - Renewal: $33


Occupational driver license - renewal: $10 per year

Identification (ID) Card[edit]

Renewal:

  • Age 59 and younger: $16
  • Age 60 and older: $6


Replacement ID card: $11

Commercial Driver License (CDL)[edit]

  • Age 18 to 84 - renewal: $61
  • Age 85 and older - renewal: $26
  • Replacement CDL / CLP: $11

Validity[edit]

Driver license (Class A, B or C):

  • Age 18 to 84 - renewal: Expires six years after previous expiration date
  • Age 85 and older - renewal: Expires two years after previous expiration date
  • Replacement driver license: Current expiration date does not change
  • Motorcycle with driver license (Class AM, BM or CM)- Renewal: Expires when your driver license expires(depends on age)
  • Motorcycle license (Class M) only - Renewal: Expiration date depends on age; see driver license section


Identification (ID) Card:

  • Age 59 and younger - renewal: Expires six years after previous expiration date
  • Age 60 and older - renewal: Expires after six years (on your birthday)
  • Replacement ID card: Current expiration date does not change


Commercial Driver License (CDL):

  • Age 18 to 84 - renewal: Expires five years after previous expiration date
  • Age 85 and older - renewal: Expires two years after previous expiration date
  • Replacement CDL / CLP: Current expiration date does not change

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