Historical Rule for the Texas Administrative Code

RULE §15.24Identification of Applicants

All original applicants for driver's license or identification certificates must present proof of identity satisfactory to the department. There are three categories of documents that may be presented to establish that acceptable proof of identity.

  (1) Standalone identification. These items are complete within themselves and require no supporting instruments:

    (A) valid or expired Texas driver's license (DL) or identification (ID) with photo;

    (B) United States passport;

    (C) United States citizenship (naturalization) certificate with identifiable photo;

    (D) United States Immigration and Naturalization Service document with verified data and identifiable photo. This would include a valid passport issued by a foreign country with a valid United States visa;

    (E) valid photo DL or photo ID issued by another (United States) state, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia; or,

    (F) United States military ID card with identifiable photo.

  (2) Documented identification. These items are recorded governmental documents (United States, 1 of the 50 states, a United States territory, District of Columbia) whose authenticity can be verified (traceable to an original source for confirmation or refutation):

    (A) original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by the appropriate State Bureau of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency;

    (B) original or certified copy of United States Department of State Certification of Birth (issued to United States citizens born abroad); or

    (C) original or certified copy of court order with name and date of birth (DOB).

    (D) For applicants born before 1961, the following items would be acceptable in this category:

      (i) original or certified copy of Form DD-214;

      (ii) original or certified copy of other state or federal governmental record that states name and DOB (such as United States census records or Social Security records).

  (3) Supporting identification. These items consist of other records or documents that aid examining personnel in establishing the identity of the applicant. The following items are listed as examples only and should not be construed as an absolute list of "must have" items:

    (A) public school records;

    (B) infant baptismal records;

    (C) insurance policy (at least two years old);

    (D) vehicle title;

    (E) home mortgage records;

    (F) marriage license;

    (G) two years of utility bills;

    (H) children's birth certificates;

    (I) library card;

    (J) military records;

    (K) award or certificate from educational institution;

    (L) original or certified copy of marriage license or divorce decree;

    (M) voter registration card;

    (N) Social Security card;

    (O) pilot's license;

    (P) concealed handgun license; or

    (Q) Texas driver's license temporary receipt.

  (4) Every original applicant must present:

    (A) one piece of standalone identification, or

    (B) one piece of documented identification plus one or more pieces of support identification.

Source Note: The provisions of this §15.24 adopted to be effective February 24, 1999, 24 TexReg 1192

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