The address requirement for a driver license and identification
(1) The applicant's Texas residence address must be
given. A business address is not acceptable. Applicants may be required
by the department to provide proof satisfactory to the department
to establish the Texas residence address provided. All documents must
(2) The complete street address including apartment
numbers and such terms as street, circle, drive, or court should be
used whenever possible. The city, state, zip code, and type of residence
must be shown as part of the address on all applications for driver
licenses and identification certificates. The zip code may be a five
or nine digit number until such time as the nine digit number is required
by the department or postal authorities. In rural areas, route number
and box number should be given.
(3) The application form also provides space for a
mailing address. If there is no mail delivery at the address shown,
then a post office box number or other mailing address must be shown
in conjunction with the Texas residence address provided. If an applicant
has a mailing address in addition to the Texas residence address,
which may include post office boxes or other mailing locations, it
may be provided in this space.
(4) A general delivery address must not be used except
in very small communities when no street or route addresses are available.
(5) A post office box number is not acceptable if a
better address can be obtained. The post office box number may only
be listed in addition to a Texas residence address.
(6) Military personnel and the spouse or dependent
of a member of the armed forces should give a complete address such
as: John Henry Smith, Co. B, 25th Inf., Camp Barkeley, Abilene, Texas.
If a member of the armed forces or the spouse or dependent of a member
of the armed forces has a residence address in Texas, it should be
provided and used. A member of the armed forces and the spouse or
dependent of a member of the armed forces may provide a residence
address outside of Texas.
(7) The department has incorporated an address validation
program that presents addresses using United States Postal Service
(A) Standardized addresses will be displayed on licenses
and identification certificates and used for mailing purposes.
(B) Addresses that do not conform to USPS standards
or do not validate may be used if the customer can verify that he/she
receives mail at that address.
(8) The department shall conduct an audit of driver
license and identification certificate address information provided
by driver license customers. This audit shall:
(A) validate that the addresses being reviewed are
residential addresses; and/or
(B) determine if the same address has been provided
by ten (10) or more driver license or identification certificate holders.
(9) The department may require each driver license
or identification certificate holder whose address of record is being
audited to present documentation required by §15.49 of this title
(relating to Proof of Domicile) and §16.7 of this title (relating
to Proof of Domicile) to demonstrate the holder resides at the address
of record. An acceptable list of documentation may be found in §15.49
(10) The department shall cancel any driver license
or identification certificate issued to a person who does not prove
that he/she resides at the address on record.
(11) An alternate address may be used on a driver license
per Texas Transportation Code, §521.121 and §521.1211. An
applicant who is eligible to use an alternate address must apply in
person for an original, renewal, or duplicate driver license and surrender
any other driver license issued to the applicant by the department
or another state. No online transactions will be allowed for issuance
of duplicate or renewed licenses issued under this paragraph.
(A) A peace officer or special investigator, as defined
in the Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 2.12 and Article 2.122
respectively, may use the address of the county courthouse in their
county of residence or their business address as the alternate address
on their driver license.
(i) Peace officers must present a license issued by
the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and a Peace Officer
Identification Card and Badge issued by the officer's employing agency
to establish eligibility.
(ii) Special investigators must present a federal ID
and badge issued by the officer's employing agency.
(B) A county attorney, district attorney, criminal
district attorney, assistant county attorney, assistant district attorney,
or assistant criminal district attorney may use their business address
as the alternate address on their driver license. These applicants
must present either their oath of office documentation or a letter
from the elected prosecutor for their office affirming employment.
(C) A federal or state judge, as defined by Texas Election
Code, §1.005, a United States Marshall, or a United States Attorney
may use the address of the courthouse or office building where they
work as the alternate address on their driver license.
(i) A federal judge must present an official identification
card issued by the Administrative Office of the United States courts.
(ii) A state judge must present an official identification
card issued by the office of the Texas Secretary of State.
(iii) A municipal court judge or justices of the peace
must present their business card along with additional documentation
identifying the judge issued by a state agency affiliated with the
judiciary, including the Office of Court Administration, Office of
the Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Texas courts.
(iv) A U.S. Marshal must present a federal identification
card or badge issued by the officer's employing agency or a letter
with required information if a federal ID card cannot be copied or
(v) A U.S. Attorney or an assistant U.S. attorney must
present a letter from the elected prosecutor for their office affirming
employment or an Oath of Office documentation.
(D) A spouse or a child of a federal judge, state judge,
U.S. Marshall, or U.S. Attorney, who reside at the same residence,
may also use the address of the courthouse or office building where
the eligible official works as the alternate address on their driver
(E) An applicant who is eligible to use an alternate
address must provide the actual current residence address for department
records and mailing purposes.
(F) A person who has been issued a driver license with
an alternate address must apply to the department for issuance of
a duplicate driver license that displays the person's actual current
residence address not later than 30 days after the license holder
ceases to be eligible to use an alternate address.
(G) A person who has been issued a driver license or
identification card with an alternate address must notify the department
of the change and obtain a duplicate driver license not later than
30 days after a name change and/or residence address change.
(H) An applicant who is eligible to use an alternate
address must pay the required fee for changes to the driver license.
(12) All documents submitted by the applicant must
be acceptable to the department. The department has the discretion
to reject or require additional evidence for alternate address eligibility.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §15.25 adopted to be effective January 1, 1976; amended to be effective July 24, 1992, 17 TexReg 4960; amended to be effective October 24, 1996, 21 TexReg 10217; amended to be effective February 15, 2000, 25 TexReg 1125; amended to be effective September 19, 2006, 31 TexReg 8007; amended to be effective May 20, 2008, 33 TexReg 4008; amended to be effective December 13, 2009, 34 TexReg 8784; amended to be effective September 18, 2011, 36 TexReg 5943; amended to be effective April 12, 2012, 37 TexReg 2429; amended to be effective March 5, 2015, 40 TexReg 938; amended to beeffective March 15, 2017, 42 TexReg 1150; amended to be effective January 3, 2019, 43 TexReg 8630; amended to be effective March 3, 2022, 47 TexReg 952