79R1109 JD-D

By:  Shapleigh                                                    S.B. No. 77 

relating to the information required of an applicant for a driver's license. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 521.142, Transportation Code, is amended by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsections (a-1) and (i) to read as follows: (a) An application for an original license must state the applicant's full name and place and date of birth. This information must be verified by presentation of proof of identity satisfactory to the department. The department shall accept as proof of the applicant's identity: (1) a passport issued by a foreign jurisdiction accompanied by an identification card from the country of origin bearing the applicant's photograph; or (2) an identification card issued to a national residing in this state by the consulate of the applicant's country of origin accompanied by an identification card from the country of origin bearing the applicant's photograph. (a-1) Subsection (a) does not require the department to accept an identity document issued by a country that has been designated by the United States secretary of state as a state sponsor of terrorism. The governor or a person designated by the governor may make exceptions to the application of this subsection. (i) This subsection applies only to an applicant who does not have a social security number and is not eligible to be issued a social security number. In lieu of a social security number, the department may allow the applicant to provide an affidavit attesting that the applicant is not eligible for a social security number. The affidavit must be on a form adopted by the department. The department shall include on the form a notice of the penalties under Section 37.10, Penal Code, for making or filing an application containing a false statement. An applicant who is subsequently issued a social security number shall notify the department in writing of the issuance and provide the social security number to the department not later than the 30th day after the date of issuance. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.