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Old 08-26-2009, 07:24 AM
 
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My wife had the same issue. She moved to Tx from Alabama and had to surrender her Alabama ID. She went to Kinkos and had her picture taken and had basic info put on the ID card they can make. We had a trip to alabama for 4th of July and along with the picture ID from Kinkos, the paper temp ID from DPS we were able to board the plane. I am sure that if they have further questions if you have checks, credit cards, SS, it might suffice. We called the airport in Houston and Mobile to make sure she could board the plane without a government issued ID and they both said yes, so call ahead if flying. (By the way, the ID from Kinkos in no way was made to duplicate a real TX DL so no laws were broken)
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Hope you're not flying anywhere soon...might be tough to get through security.
Not so tough. I've flown domestically without picture ID before. TSA gives you an extra special screening (codename SSSS) that takes longer, but it's not a huge deal.
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:50 AM
 
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I know when you renew its valid for 6 yrs. Not sure if this is different for brand new DLs.
6 years for new ones too. Just renewed my DL online, got the new one in the mail last week (which did take about 6 weeks), and it's good for 6 years.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:03 AM
 
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Not so tough. I've flown domestically without picture ID before. TSA gives you an extra special screening (codename SSSS) that takes longer, but it's not a huge deal.
I've seen it cause a lot of issues.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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On a side note, I would like to relate a story: I took a relative to get his license recently. He had a US passport and a bill with TX address; he had just moved here. DPS says that because his US passport says he was not born here (naturalized citizen 30 years ago), he would need to bring his naturalization certificate to prove US citizenship. I argued that by having a US passport, our federal government has determined he is actually a US citizen, and that DPS website specifies that a US passport can be used to prove identity and citizenship.

They kept saying Austin will reject the application. After discussion for a few minutes with some supervisor, we are told that Austin will stamp the card with not US Citizen. When the card came in the mail a couple months later, no such stamp. Mind you, this was not one person, but several people at this DPS office who insisted that a US passport doesn't necessarily mean you are a US citizen. Maybe there are a lot of counterfeit US passports out there, although this one was a new RF enabled one.

Last edited by datacity; 08-26-2009 at 09:15 AM.. Reason: elaborated a couple of points
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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On a side note, I would like to relate a story: I took a relative to get his license recently. He had a US passport and a bill with TX address; he had just moved here. DPS says that because his US passport says he was not born here (naturalized citizen 30 years ago), he would need to bring his naturalization certificate to prove US citizenship. I argued that by having a US passport, our federal government has determined he is actually a US citizen, and that DPS website specifies that a US passport can be used in lieu of birth certificate/naturalization certificate.

They kept saying Austin will reject the application. After discussion for a few minutes with some supervisor, we are told that Austin will stamp the card with not US Citizen. When the card came in the mail a couple months later, no such stamp. Mind you, this was not one person, but several people at this DPS office who insisted that a US passport doesn't necessarily mean you are a US citizen.
Wow...what "idyuts"! My wife wasn't naturalized yet (Permanent Resident Card) when she got her TXDL...no issues.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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My wife had the same issue. She moved to Tx from Alabama and had to surrender her Alabama ID. She went to Kinkos and had her picture taken and had basic info put on the ID card they can make. We had a trip to alabama for 4th of July and along with the picture ID from Kinkos, the paper temp ID from DPS we were able to board the plane. I am sure that if they have further questions if you have checks, credit cards, SS, it might suffice. We called the airport in Houston and Mobile to make sure she could board the plane without a government issued ID and they both said yes, so call ahead if flying. (By the way, the ID from Kinkos in no way was made to duplicate a real TX DL so no laws were broken)
oh forgot to add, they lost her 1st ID and 2 weeks after our trip she had to go again to the DPS. They said it was amazing that it disappeared from the screen! Needless to say she just got her ID 1 week ago.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:49 AM
 
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Welcome to Texas! Sorry to hear you have to go through this delima, but I'm glad you brought it to our attention. I'm surprised that DPS doesn't have something available for new state residents. I would not want to be without a picture ID, either. I'm surprised they couldn't 'invalidate' your HI DL - punch a hole in it or whatever, and then send a certificate back to HI stating that they had done so. That would have allowed you to at least keep it for ID purposes... Makes me wonder if they are going to confiscate mine when I renew it later this year -- that is if I can't renew it online. I don't recall them ever taking away the old license in the past, in fact, I still have a couple of old ones somewhere.

Does anyone know how many times you can renew online before you have to go down to DPS again?

My daughter filled out a form for her learner's permit which was double checked by the driving school instructor. When she got it, she had been classified as a male!
The driving school said she could just leave it as-is, which sounded both wrong and weird to me, so we opted to head over to DPS. When we got there, we had to go to stand in line for a while, but were put in an express line when she explained, "As you can see, I'm definitely not a male!!" The clerk had to figure out what to do, since there was only one person that could get into the data base to change it, or so she thought. At any rate, after not much time, she was able to fix the problem and i appreciated her attitude and friendliness. She sympathized with my daughter and told her she wouldn't like it either (to be classified as a guy)! She also took her picture and thumbprint and told her she would be getting the license in the mail in 6-8 weeks. It actually came in about 5. All in all, I was surprised that it went so smoothly.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Wow...what "idyuts"! My wife wasn't naturalized yet (Permanent Resident Card) when she got her TXDL...no issues.
Yeah, that doesn't sound right; as I am also foreign-born (Germany) and I didn't have any problems...
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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On a side note, I would like to relate a story: I took a relative to get his license recently. He had a US passport and a bill with TX address; he had just moved here. DPS says that because his US passport says he was not born here (naturalized citizen 30 years ago), he would need to bring his naturalization certificate to prove US citizenship. I argued that by having a US passport, our federal government has determined he is actually a US citizen, and that DPS website specifies that a US passport can be used to prove identity and citizenship.

They kept saying Austin will reject the application. After discussion for a few minutes with some supervisor, we are told that Austin will stamp the card with not US Citizen. When the card came in the mail a couple months later, no such stamp. Mind you, this was not one person, but several people at this DPS office who insisted that a US passport doesn't necessarily mean you are a US citizen. Maybe there are a lot of counterfeit US passports out there, although this one was a new RF enabled one.

This didn't happen to me. Plus, I have only been a citizen for a year and it was easy breezy!
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