Texas: new requirements for ID card and DL

Effective today, May 7th 2012, Texas Department of Public Safety establishes new set of requirements for applicants for state photo id card and driver’s license. First time applicants for any of the state identification documents must reside in Texas for at least 30 days prior to the application and present 2 acceptable documents to prove residence; at least one of these documents must demonstrate applicant presesce in Texas for at least 30 days; this 30 days requirement is waived for applicants capable of producing a valid, unexpired out of state driver’s license or or state issued non-driver photo identification card however 2 forms of residence proof are still required. Acceptable forms of residency proof include: 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 however 2 separate bills from the same company are treated as single document even if they’re for different utility (for example water and sewage); Medical or health card; Mail from financial institutions; including checking, savings, investment account, and credit card statements dated within 90 days of the date of application; for full list of acceptable documents that prove residency visit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/residencyReqNonCDL.htm
Some commentators point out that new requirement may hit minority communities however the new rules allow temporary visitors to obtain state identification documents.

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