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Photo Identification Requirements for Vehicle Title Applications

As of 9/1/2013, when a buyer purchases a vehicle in Texas, they must show the proper photo identification to obtain a title and registration. A list of acceptable identification documents can be found under the Forms of Identification tab.

Dealer Responsibility
  • Photocopy the buyer's photo identification, and place in the Dealer Jacket.
  • Check the buyer's ID and make sure the name on the 130-U matches the name on the ID.
  • Record the ID type (ex: TX DL) and ID number on the 130-U.

Identification Requirements


If the customer wants to title the vehicle in more than one name, it is only necessary for one of the owners to provide the proper form of identification.

Businesses and Organizations

Additional identification rules apply for titling a vehicle in the name of a business or organization.

Employees authorized to title a vehicle for leasing companies, government entities, organizations and private businesses must provide the following in addition to one of the acceptable forms of identification listed under the Forms of Identification tab:

  • A letter of authorization on the employer’s official letterhead, or
  • An official business card with the employer and employee’s name

Power of Attorney

If a buyer is applying for a title on behalf of another person, they will need to have a Power of Attorney along with all the documents below:

  • Identification matching the person or employee of the entity named as Power of Attorney, and
  • Identification of the owner or lienholder.

If you are applying for a title on behalf of another company, you will need to have a Power of Attorney along with an official business card or letter of authorization on company letterhead that matches the identification of the employee.


If applying for a title in the name of a trust, the identification of the trustee must be presented.

Forms of Identification

As of 9/1/2013 the ID requirements for Titling and Registering Vehicles changed. The ID must:

  • Be current (not to exceed 12 months past expiration.)
  • Contain a photo.
  • Have a unique ID number.
  • Have an expiration date.

The ID must be one of the following:

  • A driver's license or state identification certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States.
  • United States or foreign passport.
  • U.S. military identification card.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security identification document.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services identification document.
  • U.S. Department of State identification document.
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identification.
  • Identification issued under a Status of Forces Agreement.
  • Cconcealed handgun license or license to carry a handgun issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety under Government Code, Chapter 411, Subchapter H

More Information

For more information about the process and documentation for buying or selling a vehicle, please visit our page.

Buying or Selling a Vehicle


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