Identification Cards in Texas
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If you don't happen to have a driver's license (say you're too young or your license is suspended―or you just don't wish to drive), you will probably want to get a Texas identification card instead. This will serve to identify you for most purposes in the State of Texas.
Without a driver's license to show, a Texas ID card is your ticket to boarding an airplane, checking into a hotel, entering a bar, cashing a check, and many other day-to-day activities that require state-issued ID.
The basic procedure is similar to obtaining a driver license, but without any testing requirements. Furthermore, there are no age restrictions. Any Texas resident can get one as long as they can provide proof of identity. Make sure you present proof of a physical address. The state may not issue you an ID card if you use a P.O. Box as an address.
Visit any driver license office and complete an application. Be sure to bring the following:
- Proof of identity.
- Provide two proofs of Texas residency. One of the documents must prove that you've lived in Texas for a minimum of 30 days.
- Cash or check to pay a $16 fee ($5 if you're older than 60).
The fee for a Texas ID card is $16 for those under 60; this card expires every six years. In most cases, you may renew your ID card online for an additional $1 service charge. Those 60 and over get a break―an ID card costs only $6 and never needs to be renewed.
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