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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 12:00 pm

Applicants must show proof of residency with two forms of documention

By Sarah Rafique

Killeen Daily Herald

Under a new state law that went into effect this week, first-time driver's license and identification card applicants now are required to show proof of residency.

The law, a part of House Bill No. 2730, was passed in 2009 and went into effect Monday, said Tom Binger, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

It requires new applicants to present "two acceptable documents containing the applicant's name and address to establish proof of residency in the state of Texas," according to a release by the DPS.

"Our primary focus is making sure that people are aware of the new document requirements," said Binger.

To meet the requirement, one of those two documents must prove the applicant has resided in Texas 30 days prior to applying.

Those who have either a residence, a place they normally live or return after temporary absences, or a domicile, a true, fixed and permanent home, meet the requirement, according to the DPS website. "For example, college students may reside in another state while at school, but still have a Texas domicile if their parents live here."

Teenagers living with their parents can fill out a Texas residency affidavit, which replaces the two required residency documents.

Acceptable forms of documentation include:

Current deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or a residential rental or lease agreement.

Valid, unexpired Texas voter registration card.

Texas motor vehicle registration or title.

Texas concealed handgun license.

Utility statement (including electric, water, natural gas, satellite TV, cable TV or noncellular phone bill) dated within 90 days of the date of application.

Medical or health card

Current homeowner's or renter's insurance policy or homeowner's or renter's insurance statement.

Current automobile insurance policy or an automobile insurance statement.

Texas high school, college or university report card or transcript for the current school year.

W-2 or 1099 tax form from the current tax year

Document from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice indicating the applicant's recent release or parole.

Document issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Additional requirements

The Texas Department of Public Safety also requires first-time driver's license and identification card applicants to present:

Documents that verify identity.

Documents that verify the applicant is a U.S. citizen or have lawful presence. All information on each document must match.

Proof of Social Security number.

Proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance.

For a detailed list of requirements, go to http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/residencyReqNonCDL.htm.

Source: Texas Department of Public Safety

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