Anyone who wants to obtain a driver license or identification card in Texas must provide DPS with documentation showing proof of Texas residency.
The first time you apply for a Texas driver license or identification card, you're required to show proof of Texas residency for at least 30 days.
If you have a valid driver license from another state and you're surrendering it in order to obtain your Texas driver license, the 30-day requirement is waived.
You'll still have to show proof of residency. If you're moving here from another state, you can continue using your valid out-of-state license for 90 days before you're required to obtain your Texas driver license.
There are a variety of documents you can provide in order to show proof of Texas residency. All you need to do is provide two of the documents from the list below.
Make sure both documents show the same name and address. The documents may be from the same local government entity that provides multiple residential services (e.g., an electric bill and a water
bill from the same municipal utility, as long as they are on separate statements). You can't use a statement for the same service but for different months (i.e., a water bill from July and a water bill from August).
Mail that shows a forwarding address label will not be accepted, nor will envelopes with an adhesive address label; your address must be printed directly on the envelope.
Your proof of residency documents must be printed. You can use a printed electronic statement, but just showing the statement on your phone, for example, will not be accepted.
Note: The parent or guardian of applicants under age 18 must provide proof of Texas residency in order for the applicant to obtain their Texas driver license.
Some individuals may be authorized to use an alternate address, waiving the residency requirement. These individuals include:
Peace officers who are using an alternative address are still required to verify their Texas residency.
If you're unable to provide two documents showing proof of Texas residency, you may be able to obtain your Texas driver license by submitting a Texas Residency Affidavit.
For example, those who live with someone else but are not listed on the lease may be eligible to complete the Texas Residency Affidavit.