Obtain An Identification Card In Texas

Do you need to apply for a state ID in Texas? The ID card application doesn't have to be complicated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to know about getting an ID card and renewing an ID card. You will also learn how to replace your ID card in Texas or purchase a duplicate Texas ID card. Select from the options below to get started:

1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.




Regardless of why you do not own a driver's license, you will still need to apply for an ID card for various reasons, ranging from leisure activities to travel. Getting an ID card in Texas is simple, and you should begin the ID card application process as soon as you are ready.

Obtaining a new ID card

To apply for an ID, first, you should plan a visit to your local DMV.

You will need to provide either: one primary document, two secondary documents or one secondary document and two documents supporting identity. The fee to obtain an ID in Texas is $16 for both children and adults. (Note: There is no minimum age requirement to obtain a Texas ID card.)

Primary documents (must include date of birth):

  • Permanent resident card
  • Valid Military ID
  • Employment authorization card
  • I-94 (arrival/departure record)

Secondary documents:

  • Original or certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of birth abroad

Supporting identity documents:

  • Social Security card
  • ID issued by another state

About Fees: Online or by phone, you can pay your fees with your credit card - MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express are accepted.

What is a Texas state ID?

A state ID is an acceptable replacement for a drivers license typically used by minors, the elderly or by anyone who does not want a drivers license, but still needs identification in Texas. For more information on how to get an identification card in Texas, click here.

ID card renewal

A Texas state ID card must be renewed every six years on your birthday. The fee to renew is $16 can be paid with cash, money order or credit card. If you are 60 years or older, you do not have to pay a fee because your ID card will not expire.

Replacement ID cards

If you have lost your ID card, or it has been stolen or severely damaged, you should look into replacing it immediately. A stolen ID card may even lead to identity theft, so it is crucial you replace your identification card as soon as possible. Replacing a lost identification card in Texas costs $11. The instructions for duplicate ID cards are similar, but be sure to bring everything you will need for your new ID card copy before you head to the DMV by clicking here.

For a list of related services, see below:

Obtain a new driver's license here.
Renew a driver's license here.
Replace a driver's license here.