Significant Changes Happening to Texas ID and License This Year
Texas is making a major change to its license and identification cards. The changes include a fresh look that comes with security features.
"Starting May 3, 2023, you’ll need a REAL ID-compliant driver's license with a gold star, a valid passport, or U.S. military ID to travel by air in the U.S."
MAJOR CHANGES TO TEXAS IDENTIFICATION CARDS AND LICENSE
If you apply for or renew your state identification card or license after May 3, 2023, you will receive the new REAL ID compliant card. A yellow star will be imprinted on the new cards giving the owner authorization to travel on a plane.
REAL ID COMPLIANT CARDS
Man residents in Texas have already received a new REAL ID card. If your card has a yellow star in the upper right card, you're already good to go.
After May 3, 2023, if you do not have a REAL ID compliant card you may continue to use it for non-federal purposes, such as operating a motor vehicle, voting, or banking.
ITEMS TO HAVE WHEN IT'S TIME TO RENEW
When it's time to renew or get your new card, be sure to take these items with you to the DMV:
- An original or certified copy of a Birth Certificate or an unexpired U.S. Passport Book or Card
- Social Security Card
- Current Texas Vehicle Registration or Title
- Current Car Insurance Policy or Car Insurance Statement
- If your name changed, legal documents showing proof of name change from your birth name
You may be able to renew online. CLICK HERE to check your eligibility.