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What documents do I need to go to the DMV?

The Texas Department of Safety requires applicants to provide proof of identity, U.S. citizenship or lawful presence and proof of Social Security number by submitting the following documents:

Proof of Identity—Primary Identification
(Must contain applicant’s complete name and date of birth)
• Texas driver license or identification certificate with photo within two years of the expiration date
• United States Citizenship Certificate of Certificate of Naturalization with photo (N-560, N-561, N-645, N-550, N-55G, N-570, or N-578)
• Unexpired Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) document (must have verifiable data and photo)
• U.S. Citizen Identification Card (I-179 or I-197)
• Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
• Temporary I-551 with ADIT Stamp on visa in foreign passport
• Temporary Resident Identification Card (I-688)
• Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
• U.S. Travel Document (I-327 or I-571)
• Advance Parole Document (I-512 or I-512L)
• I-94 stamped Section 208 Asylee with photo
• I-94 stamped Section 207 Refugee with photo
• American Indian Card (I-872)
• Northern Mariana Card (I-873)
• Foreign passport with visa (valid or expired) and I-94 form with undefined expiration date
• Foreign passport with visa (valid or expired) and I-94 form with defined expiration date
• United States military identification card for active duty, reserve or retired personnel with photo (must be unexpired)

Proof of Identity—Secondary Identification—Two secondary documents or one secondary document and two supporting documents
(Must contain applicant’s complete name and date of birth)
• Original or certified copy of birth certificated issued by an appropriate State Bureau of Vital Statics or equivalent agency from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or a Canadian province. (Hospital birth records are not acceptable)
• Original or certified copy of U.S. Department of State Certification of Birth Abroad (FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545)
• Original of certified copy of a court order with name of date of birth indicating official change of name and/or gender from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or a Canadian province

Proof of Identity—Supporting Identification—One secondary document and two supporting documents
• Original Social Security card
• W-2 or 1099 forms
• Numident record issued by the Social Security Administration
• Temporary receipt for Texas driver license or identification card
• Driver license or identification card issued by another U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or a Canadian province (unexpired or within two years from the date of expiration)
• Texas driver license or identification card (expired more than two years)
• School records, report cards or photo identification cards
• Military records (DD-214)
• Valid U.S. military dependant identification card
• Original or certified copy of marriage license or divorce decree (U.S. or foreign jurisdiction; documents not in English must have a certified translation with it)
• Voter registration card
• Pilot’s license
• Concealed handgun license
• Professional license issued by a Texas state agency
• Identification card issued by a government agency
• Valid consular document issued by a state or national government
• Texas Inmate identification card or similar form of identification issued by the Texas Department of Corrections
• Texas Department of Criminal Justice parole or mandatory release certificate
• Federal inmate identification card
• Federal parole or release certificate
• Medicare of Medicaid card
• Selective Service card
• Immunization records
• Tribal membership card from federally recognized tribe
• Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood
• Unexpired foreign passport
• Auto, home or life insurance policy (valid for past two years continuously)
• Texas Vehicle title
• Current Texas vehicle registration
• Current Texas boat registration or title
• Veteran’s Administration card
• Hospital issued birth record issued by the government from a U.S. state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia or a Canadian province

Proof of United States Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence
• Certificate of birth issued by U.S. state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia
• Department of State Certification of birth issued to U.S. citizens born abroad (FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545)
• Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (N-560, N-561 or N-645)
• U.S. Department of Justice INS U.S. Citizenship Identification card (I-197)
• U.S. Department of Justice INS U.S. Citizenship Identification card for Resident Citizen of the U.S. (I-179)
• U.S. passport
• Valid Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
• Passport if I-95 stamped “Approved I-551”
• Permit to Re-enter (I-327)
• I-94 or passport stamped with “Section 207” or “Refugee”
• I-94 or passport stamped with “Section 208” or “Asylee”
• Refugee Travel Document (I-571)
• Employment Authorization document (I-688 coded 274a.12(a)(3)
• Employment Authorization document (I-688B coded 274a.12(a)(5)
• Employment Authorization document (I-766 with category A3 or A03)
• Employment Authorization document (I-766 with category A5 or A05)

Proof of Social Security Number
(Must have Social Security number on the document presented)
• Federal issued original Social Security Card
• Health card (member number must represent Social Security number)
• Pilot’s license
• Military identification (active, reserve and dependent status)
• Peace officer’s license issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standard and Education
• Military DD-214
• Medicare or Medicaid cards
• Certified college or university transcript designating number as Social Security number
• Veteran’s Administration card with pre-printed Social Security number on card

Anyone who has applied for or been denied a Social Security number must complete a Social Security Affidavit.

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