How To Apply/Renew Your Texas ID | Phone, Online or DPS Office

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How To Apply/Renew Your Texas ID


In this guide I will show you how to apply/renew your Texas ID card.

The DPS Offices generally have a bad reputation, although Texas has taken great strides to reduce the frustration for you.

How To Apply/Renew Your Texas ID

When applying/renewing your Texas ID you have 3 options:

  • Call the DPS
  • Visit Texas.gov
  • Find a DPS near you

First we’ll start with the phone option.

How To Apply/Renew Your Texas ID Over The Phone

To apply/renew your Texas ID you’ll need to call the DPS at 866.357.3637.

The things you will need are:

  • Your ID – you’ll need to provide your ID number
  • Social Security Number
  • Credit card to pay your fees

They will ask you yes/no questions regarding any name or address changes which you can answer by simply dialing 1 or 2.

Once you have answered all of their questions, you’ll be prompted to use your credit card to make a payment. You can see the cost of the fees here.

 

How To Apply/Renew Your Texas ID Online

The process to renew online is just as easy as the phone option. You’ll start by visiting Texas.gov.

Once you land on the home page, click the DRIVERS tab in the navigation menu.

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From here you’ll be taken down the page to a section that looks like this. Select the Driver License/ID Renewal/Replacement Option

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At this point you will need to enter your DL/ID number, DOB, etc to start the process. Once you have completed each of the necessary steps, you’ll pay the required fee. Again the cost of fees can be found here.

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How To Apply/Renew Your Texas ID At A DPS Office

1. Gather These Personal Documents To Apply/Renew A Texas ID

Before you complete the application or visit a Houston DPS Office you should spend time collecting the needed documents to apply/renew your Texas ID.

Below are the things that you will need to provide proof of:

  • US Citizenship
  • That you are a Texas resident
  • Identity
  • Social Security Number

2. Complete An Application To Apply/Renew Your Texas ID

Once you have gathered proof of your identity, Texas residency, citizenship, etc its time to complete your application.

Application To Apply/Renew Your Texas ID

If you cannot print this application your local Houston DPS Office will have copies.

3. Find A Houston DPS Office Near You

The Department of Public Safety is the state agency that manages identification cards and drivers licenses, therefore you will have to find one near your home.

Below is a map of the Houston DPS offices available to you:

Houston DPS Offices 

Below are addresses and telephone numbers of each Houston DPS office.

  • Baytown DPS – 5420 Decker Dr, Baytown, TX 77520 – 281.424.1339
  • East Houston – 11039 East Freeway #B, Houston, TX 77029 – 713.633.9872
  • Far North – Spring DPS – 4740 Spring Cypress, Suite 100, Spring, TX 77379 – 281.517.1620
  • Far NE – Humble DPS – 7710 Will Clayton, Humble, TX 77338 – 281.446.3391
  • NW Houston – Dacoma DPS – 4545 Dacoma, Houston, TX 77092 – 713.683.0541
  • North Houston – Veterans Memorial DPS – 8418 Veterans Memorial, Houston, TX 77088 – 281.449.2685
  • Rosenberg DPS – 28000 SW Freeway, Rosenberg, TX 77471 – 281.517.1630
  • SE Houston – Highway 3 DPS – 10810 Galveston Rd, Houston, TX 77034 – 281.929.5300
  • SW Houston – Gessner DPS – 12220 South Gessner, Houston, TX 77071  – 713.219.4100

If you live outside of the Houston area, go here to find your nearest Texas DPS office.

4. What Happens At The Houston DPS Office

Here is the process of what happens at the Houston DPS office when you are attempting to apply/renew your Texas ID card.

1. You will provide them with the documents we discussed above. This includes the application, proof of US citizenship, Texas residency, identification and social security number.

2. You will have to provide your thumbprints.

3. Your picture will be taken.

4. You’ll pay the application Fee

Application Fees For A Texas ID

Here are the fees you will pay for a Texas ID card:

  • 59 and younger new card – $16 – will expire after six years on birthday
  • 59 and younger renewal card – $16 – expires six years after previous expiration date
  • 60 and older new or renewal card – $6 – expires after 6 years on your birthday
  • Replacement ID Card – $11 – your current expiration date does not change

Conclusion

If you need to apply, renew or replace your Texas ID you have 3 options:

  • Call the DPS renewal line at 866.357.3637
  • Visit Texas.gov
  • Find a DPS near you

Calling or applying/renewing online are the least time consuming, but the DPS offices are still available for anyone who LOVES waiting in lines.

If you have questions regarding applying or renewing your Texas ID you can always contact the DPS at 512.424.2000 or visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website.