Texas REAL ID
Soon, the federal government will begin requiring a passport or federally accepted REAL ID to:
- Board a plane (even for domestic flights).
- Enter certain federal facilities.
- Enter a nuclear power plant.
To see if your current Texas driver’s license or photo ID is a REAL ID, check the front of the ID for a gold star.
How to Get a Texas REAL ID
Getting a REAL ID in Texas requires a trip to your local driver licensing office. Visit the office and provide your*:
- Proof of identity. This may include a:
- U.S. birth certificate.
- U.S. passport.
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship.
- Proof of social security. This may include your:
- Social security card.
- 1099 or W-2 tax form.
- Paystub that includes your full name and social security number.
- Proof of residency (2 documents required).
- Valid Texas voter registration card.
- Texas high school or college transcript from the current year.
- Mail from addressed to you sent by a federal, state, county, or city agency.
- Payment for the applicable fee.
*The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) website has a checklist with all acceptable documents.
Texas REAL ID Fees
- License (under 18 years old): $16.
- License (18-84 years old): $33.
- License (85 years old and older): $9.
- ID (up to 59 years old): $16.
- ID (60 years old and older): $6.