How to Apply for Real ID in Texas
You must have a Texas REAL ID to board domestic flights and enter certain federal facilities starting in October 2020. If you do not have a REAL ID card by...
You must have a Texas REAL ID to board domestic flights and enter certain federal facilities starting in October 2020. If you do not have a REAL ID card by that deadline, you must present an alternate form of federally-approved identification, such as a U.S. passport. However, if you do not plan on flying internationally, a passport can be an expensive substitute document to apply for. You can avoid worrying about carrying additional documents by ensuring that your currently state-issued drivers license is a REAL ID compliant license. Because TX is compliant with the REAL ID Act, you are able to obtain a federally-approved license from the state Department of Public Services (DPS).
Applying for a REAL ID in Texas is a straightforward process. To obtain your documents, you must bring proof of state residence, citizenship or legal status in the U.S. and your Social Security Number (SSN) to any DPS branch. Along with your application documents, you must submit all necessary payments for your license or ID card. Then, you will receive your new documents in the mail a few weeks after you apply.
If your license or identification card already has a gold star on its upper righthand corner, you already have a REAL ID compliant credential. If it is missing the gold star, be mindful that your card is not yet compliant with these new security guidelines and will not be accepted in federal facilities starting in October 2020. Read More