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Dear Editor:
Recently I submitted three questions about who is eligible to obtain a Texas drivers license to Texas State Representative Mike Wise. The following answers that Rep. Wise obtained form the Texas Department of Public Safety might be of interest. 1. Is it possible now for an undocumented person to obtain a Texas driver license? No. Licensing requirements call for the applicant to have positive identification in order to receive a driver license. Please refer to our website at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/IdRequirements.htm for detailed information about this. 2. Does a person presently need a social security number in Texas to obtain a drivers license? No. Only those persons who possess a social security number have to provide it to our licensing personnel, as required by the Texas Family Code. The intent of this requirement is to prevent a person from receiving a Texas driver license if they owe back child support. Please refer to our web site at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/license_issuance/ssn.htm for detailed information about this, as well. 3. If a person is legally in the US as a visitor, is he/she eligible to obtain a Texas drivers license even though he/she is not eligible to obtain a social security number? Yes. Refer back to my response to your first question, in that if an applicant possesses an accepted form of documentation, such as a visa or passport, then can apply for and receive a Texas driver license. Again, this information is found at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/IdRequirements.htm.

Paul Parsons, Chairman
State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration & Nationality



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