From Texas DPS:
The U. S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced it
is granting deferred action status to certain individuals who came
to the United States as children. DPS has reviewed this federal
measure, state statute and our current policies to determine how it
relates to obtaining a Texas driver license, and we have concluded
The “deferred action” status alone will not entitle anyone to a Texas
All applicants must continue to meet the criteria that the State of
Texas requires in order to be eligible to receive a driver license.
All first time applicants for a Texas driver license must:
- Apply in person at a Texas driver license office.
- Present documents that verify your identity.
- Present documents that verify you are a U.S. citizen or have lawful presence. All information on each document must match. Additional documentation may be required to verify conflicting information, incomplete names, and date of birth.
- Present proof of Social Security Number. If you do not have a Social Security Number, you must complete a Social Security Affidavit form available at the driver license office.
- Present proof of your Texas residency.
- Present proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance on all vehicles you own.
- Complete the application for driver license or identification card (PDF). You may type your information on the form, print it, and bring it with you to the office. If you don’t have a printer, the form is also available at the office.
- Consent to be photographed, fingerprinted, and provide your signature at the time of application.
- Pass the written, driving, and vision examinations. (Read more about foreign language examinations.)
- Pay the required fee with a credit card, cash, money order, or a non-temporary check.
- Provide a vehicle for the driving exam and present current liability insurance, Texas vehicle registration, and inspection for the vehicle.
Federal immigration documentation indicating approved “deferred
action” status meets only one of the Department’s current criteria
(lawful presence policy) to receive a driver license. However, they
would then have to meet the various other requirements (i.e. identity,
residency, SSN, and other requirements*) in order to be issued a driver
The expiration date of that driver license will be based on the length
of lawful presence indicated in the federal immigration documents, and
each license issued will indicate that it is a “limited-term license.”
DPS is providing this information to the media and all others seeking
information on this issue.