In July 2008, the Texas Department of Public Safety proposed a new administrative rule, Subchapter K, SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR NON-CITIZENS, 37 TAC §15.171, concerning the issuance of driver licenses and identification certificates to non-citizens. This administrative rule recently became effective and implementation will beginning October 1, 2008.
This rule states:
§15.171. Issuance of Driver Licenses and Identification Certificates to Non-citizens.
(a) An applicant who is not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States must present valid documentation issued by the United States Department of Justice, United States Department of State, United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, or any successor agency of the aforementioned that shows lawful temporary admission to the United States.
(1) An applicant whose lawful admission period is more than six months but less than the full term of a driver license or identification certificate will be issued a driver license or identification certificate with a status date displayed that coincides with the expiration of the applicant's lawful admission period in the United States.
(2) If the lawful admission period in the United States indicated on the document presented by the applicant expires in less than six months from the date of application, no driver license or identification certificate may be issued.
(3) If the document presented by the applicant to demonstrate lawful temporary admission indicates an indefinite expiration date, the driver license or identification certificate will be issued with a status date displayed of one year from the date of application.
(b) In the event the applicant's status is updated or extended, the applicant must present valid documentation of such status change or extension to obtain a duplicate driver license or identification certificate with an updated status date.
(c) The driver license or identification certificate will be cancelled if within 45 days from the status date the applicant is unable to present valid documentation showing a status change or extension of admission period.
Note: Yep. This is really really bad rule for internatioal students, because, they have the status as d/o, that is for duration of stay. This is for indefinite expiration date, and due to this rule, students with D/O needs to renew their driver license or state ID once a year (with a renew fee). No rule or law for those f****** ilegal mexicans. They can drive, they can hit and run they can work..........all this shit is for legal international studnts with legal visa status.....Shame on you Texas.......................If they can grant duration at least for 2-3years (Consider minimum degree period for MS 2years, and Bachlars 4years, Phd 5years). Or else, they can grant it for the duration of the visa expiration date!!!!!I'm glad that I got my license long before this rule, and glad they are not gonna do anything for those people. So, hope they are not gonna impose this rule when we are ready to renew our Drivers License??????