Appointment 1/4: renew Tx Drivers License
to renew online or not
- I got a letter saying I had to appear in person to renew the license, and to make an appointment at a DPS office. Fine.
- I logged in to make an appointment and it said I could renew online, would I rather do that? Sure.
- I followed the link and it said no, you can’t renew online after all
- I restarted the process and arranged for the appointment
The appointment info said I needed
- proof of vehicle registration
- proof of insurance
- proof of citizenship or legal right to be in the US
I stopped at a library and printed off the first two since I am paperless in the van. Neither were actually needed.
The latter requirement was a bit obnoxious since my existing Texas DL is “Real ID” compliant:
The person applying for an identification document must provide documentation of the person’s full name, date of birth, and residential address; a Social Security number or documentation that the person is not eligible for one; and documentation that the person is a U.S. national or a foreign national legally present in the United States.
So their own ID is insufficient. I brought in my passport card to meet that requirement, and it was actually used.
The appointment info did not say I needed a DD214 to get the VETERAN imprimateur. My VA ID was not acceptable, even though it specifies service connected. Luckily, before the end of my time at the window I remembered my Tx LTC shows VETERAN and that was sufficient.
The next appt is blood labs at the VA on the 16th. It requires fasting so I scheduled it for 7am to minimize my hunger. Black coffee is allowed, thank doG.