News release from the Department of Public Safety for Commercial Drivers (first-time applicants only)
August 31, 2012 NEWS RELEASE
DPS Announces New Residency Requirements for First-Time CDL Applicants
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has announced that it will begin implementing the new proof of residency (domicile) requirement for obtaining a commercial driver license (CDL) effective September 4, 2012. The requirements, which only apply to first-time CDL applicants, are the result of legislation approved by the Texas Legislature and comply with federal regulations.
First-time CDL applicants are required to establish domicile in Texas to be eligible for a CDL. Domicile is defined as a true, fixed and permanent home and principal residence.
All new CDL applicants will be required to present two acceptable documents containing the applicant’s name and address to establish proof of domicile in the state of Texas. The two documents must be issued by two different companies or agencies. Under certain circumstances, applicants who are unable to provide two acceptable documents proving domicile may be eligible to complete a Texas Residency Affidavit.
For a complete list of acceptable proof of domicile documents and additional details, please visit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/domicileReq.htm.
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