How to Get a Secondary ID Card in Texas

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Getting an ID when you lack one is almost as complicated as an act of Congress. Proof of identity is required in the form of documents that you probably do not have (hence the need for an ID card). And even if you have the paperwork that the procedure requires, getting an ID card is still not easy. It takes time, patience, and the payment of fees to obtain the papers that you need.

But Just Bail Bonds has a way to work around the obstacles in your path to help you get a card. Read on to discover how.

Understanding Texas’s ID Requirements

Texas offers several options for secondary identification, which can be used for various purposes including, but not limited to, bail bond processes, banking, and more. A secondary ID is often needed when primary identification is unavailable. We’ll cover the types of ID cards available, the process for obtaining them, and how they can be used in different situations.

Types of Secondary ID Cards in Texas

  • Texas Identification Card
  • Election Identification Certificate
  • Various forms of work or school ID

Step-by-Step Guide to Obtaining a Secondary ID Card

  • Determine Eligibility: Understand which type of ID you’re eligible for based on your needs and status.
  • Gather Required Documents: Collect necessary documentation such as proof of identity, U.S. citizenship, or lawful presence in the U.S., and Texas residency.
  • Complete the Application: Fill out the application form for the chosen ID card, which may be done online or in person.
  • Visit Your Local DPS Office: Some processes require an in-person visit. Locate your nearest Department of Public Safety (DPS) office.
  • Pay the Fee: Be prepared to pay the applicable fee for your ID card, which varies by type and age.

Tips for a Smooth Process

  • Check for Updates: Texas laws and requirements can change. Always check the latest information on the DPS website.
  • Prepare Ahead: Have all documents ready before your visit to the DPS office to save time.
  • Understand the Use: Know how and where your secondary ID can be used to ensure it meets your needs.

Necessary Cards

An ID card is often the first thing you are required to show when you get stopped by a law enforcement officer. If you do not have one, you complicate the problem because police and sheriff deputies expect you to carry an identification card. Financial transactions usually require an ID card as well, and you soon find out that life is easier when you have a valid ID.

Complicated Procedure

Getting a Texas ID card without documents that prove you are who you say you are is complicated. The usual procedure to get Dallas ID cards requires you to present secondary documents that confirm your legal name and the date you were born.

You can usually use these documents:

  • an insurance policy
  • a voter registration card
  • a DD Form 214 if you have a military service background

You can download a form online if you have the patience to put up with the details, but you usually must apply in person for your first card.

Not Eligible

If you are unable to get a valid Texas driver’s license or a state-issued ID card, you can use the ID card service provided by Just Bail Bonds. Not issued by the state, these cards are not usable for official purposes, but they can come in handy as secondary ID cards.

How Just Bail Bonds Can Help

While the process of obtaining a secondary ID card in Texas is straightforward with the right preparation, navigating the bail bonds system requires the same level of informed decision-making. Just Bail Bonds brings over 26 years of experience in providing bail bond services across Dallas/Fort Worth. Our licensed professionals are ready 24/7 to guide you through the bail process with empathy, efficiency, and expertise.

Why Choose Just Bail Bonds?

  • Round-the-Clock Service: Our agents are available any time of the day to assist with your bail bond needs.
  • Expertise and Experience: With decades of experience, we understand the intricacies of the Texas bail bond system.
  • Commitment to Clients: We treat every case with the urgency and respect it deserves, ensuring a smooth process for quick jail release.

Help is Available

Just Bail Bonds offers a complete bail bond service 24 hours a day when you face a criminal defense charge. Make a note of 214-272-0792 so that you can call when you need help.