The Texas Department of Public Safety has begun issuing newly designed Texas driver licenses, identification cards and license to carry cards to Texans this week.
DPS says the main changes include a new look with an updated design and enhanced security features. Driver licenses and identification cards feature visible and discrete identifiers on the front.
The new cards are made of polycarbonate material, which DPS says is more tamper-resistant and harder to reproduce. They feature laser engraving to provide an added layer of protection against alterations and forgeries.
Those with a health condition that may hamper their ability to communicate with others will have an identifier on the front of their cards. The new cards will also identify veterans and disabled veterans, along with their branch of service, on the front of the cards.
DPS says as with all the driver license cards and identification cards issued since October 2016, the new cards will be REAL ID compliant, as noted by the gold star in the upper right corner. Texans without a gold star on their current valid driver license or identification card can visit this website to check their eligibility to renew early or request a duplicate card that's REAL ID compliant.
Beginning October 1, 2020, Texans will need a valid passport, U.S. military ID or a REAL ID compliant driver license to travel on commercial airlines or enter federal facilities.
DPS says previously issued driver licenses are still valid until the expiration date listed on the card.
Texas License to Carry Handgun cards also experienced a redesign. The new cards feature a new look and new features, including laser engraving and a durable, tamper-resistant polycarbonate material.