New Driver's License Requirements in Effect

May 7, 2012

Starting today, new applicants for Texas driver’s licenses and IDs will have to meet stricter residency requirements.

First-time applicants have to meet all of the previous requirements, as well as present two additional documents that prove they live in Texas — like a current mortgage or lease agreement and a vehicle registration or title. You can view a complete list of acceptable documents to prove residency here

Applicants also have to wait until they have lived in Texas for at least 30 days before applying — unless they turn in a valid license from another state.

The new rules are the result of legislation approved by Texas lawmakers.