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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 15DRIVER LICENSE RULES
SUBCHAPTER CEXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS
RULE §15.59Alternate Methods For Driver License Transactions

(a) Provided certain conditions are met, the department may provide licensees or identification certificate holders with alternate methods of renewing or duplicating a Texas driver license or identification certificate. Such alternate methods may include mail, telephone or Internet.

(b) The department will only accept alternate renewals or duplicates from eligible licensees/identification certificate holders and application must be made in the manner provided by the agency, accompanied by the applicable fee. A discount, convenience or service charge may be imposed for this type transaction. Alternate renewal will not be extended to eligible licensees or identification certificate holders for any two consecutive renewal periods.

(c) Persons who are eligible for alternate renewal may elect to renew at any local Driver License office. A vision test will be conducted on all applicants renewing a driver license at a local Driver License office, in addition to any other tests prescribed by law.

(d) The following licensees will not be considered eligible to renew their license by an alternate method:

  (1) holders of a learner, provisional occupational or commercial driver license (CDL);

  (2) licensees whose record reflects administrative or card status because of driving ability or a medical condition that requires a periodic review, including any medical or physical condition that may affect the licensees' ability to safely operate a motor vehicle;

  (3) any licensee whose license is suspended, canceled, revoked, or denied;

  (4) any licensee applying for renewal that will be 79 years of age or older on the expiration of their current license;

  (5) any licensee who does not have a social security number and digital image on file with the department; or

  (6) any licensee subject to the registration requirements of Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure.

(e) The following identification certificate holders will not be considered eligible to renew or duplicate their certificate and the following driver license holders will not be considered eligible to duplicate their license by an alternate method:

  (1) any applicant who is subject to the registration requirements of Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure;

  (2) any applicant that does not have a digital image on file with the agency;

  (3) any applicant whose certificate or driver license is canceled, suspended, revoked, or denied;

  (4) any applicant who does not have a social security number on file with the department; or

  (5) any applicant that holds a commercial driver license.

(f) For those licensees or identification certificate holders deemed eligible and upon receipt of the proper application and fee, the department will issue and mail to the individual a renewal/duplicate license or identification certificate which utilizes the previous digital image on file with the department.

(g) The department may reject any application for alternate renewal/duplicate transaction and require a personal appearance at a driver license office if it has information that the applicant has misrepresented eligibility for licensing in any manner, including medical and vision conditions.

(h) The application must be made in the manner provided by the department and accompanied by the applicable fee.

(i) An additional fee will be charged on all payment transactions that are dishonored or refused for lack of funds or insufficient funds.


Source Note: The provisions of this §15.59 adopted to be effective January 1, 1976; amended to be effective January 13, 1984, 9 TexReg 78; amended to be effective November 27, 1990, 15 TexReg 6501; amended to be effective December 25, 1995, 20 TexReg 10389; amended to be effective February 15, 2000, 25 TexReg 1126; amended to be effective February 24, 2002, 27 TexReg 1179; amended to be effective August 20, 2002, 27 TexReg 7543; amended to be effective December 13, 2009, 34 TexReg 8786

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