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International Faculty Services Office
Cortez Building - Suite 129
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone: (956) 882-7690
Fax: (956) 882-7476
Email: Brenda.Martinez@utb.edu
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Identification Card & Driver's License Information

    
I. TEXAS PHOTO IDENTIFICATION CARD

ANYONE with a photo ID such as a passport may apply for the Texas Photo Identification Card.  This card is not related to driving. There is a $15.00 fee for this card. 

Application can be made at any of the locations indicated below.

State Department of Public Safety Office  
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2901 Paredes Line Rd.
(956) 983-1920

A photo ID, such as a passport, if necessary. A social Security Number (SSN) is not required for this application.

II.  DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students can obtain a Texas Driver’s License in the State Department of Public Safety Office (DPS) Access to a car, knowledge of Texas driving regulations, as well as testable driving skills are basic requirements for a driver’s license. This process can be initiated, though not completed, without a Social Security Number (SSN). Take the following steps.

A. Study the information about traffic laws in the Texas Driver’s Handbook, which is available in both English and Spanish, from the State Department of Public Safety (DPS).

B. Take the written and in-car examinations for driving at any DPS Office.  A photo ID, such as a passport, is necessary.  There is a $24.00 fee, valid for three opportunities to take the test within a 90-day period. (TIP: The written exam is offered in English, German, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  Language dictionaries are permitted when taking the exam.)

Texas Drive’s Handbooks, driving exams, and Texas Driver’s Licenses are offered at the following locations.

State Department of Public Safety Office  
Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm  
2901 Paredes Line Rd. (956) 983-1920

III. Driver’s License for International Spouses

International dependents can obtain a Texas Driver’s License in the State Department of Public Safety Office (DPS). Access to a car, knowledge of Texas driving regulations, as well as testable driving skills are basic requirements for a driver’s license. This process can be initiated, though not completed, without applying for a Social Security Number (SSN). Take the following steps.

A. Study the information about traffic laws in the Texas Driver’s Handbook, which is available in both English and Spanish, from the State Department of Public Safety (DPS).

B. Take the written and in-car examinations for driving at any DPS Office.  A photo ID, such as a passport, is necessary.  There is a $24.00 fee, valid for three opportunities to take the test within a 90-day period. (TIP: The written exam is offered in English, German, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  Language dictionaries are permitted when taking the exam.)

C. After passing the exams, ask for a notice that you are eligible for a SSN to get you driver’s license.

D. Take this notice to the Social security Office (with your passport, I-94, and I-20 or IAP-66) to apply for a SSN.  If you are eligible for a Social Security card, it may take approximately 10 working days to obtain your Social Security card.  If you are not eligible for a Social Security card, obtain a letter indicating the fact.

E.  Return to the DPS with your Social Security card or letter indicating that you are not eligible for a Social Security card to obtain your driver’s license.

Texas Drive’s Handbooks, driving exams, and Texas Driver’s Licenses are offered at the following locations.

State Department of Public Safety Office  
Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
2901 Paredes Line Rd.
(956) 983-1920  

Application for a Social Security Number is made at the

Social Security Office  
Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
405 E. Levee St.
(956) 574-7417

The passport, I-94card, and I-20 or DS2019 immigration documents are required for this application.

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