Yes. Texas has a DMV and a DPS. DPS issues drivers licenses. I learned something today.Pardon my ignorance but doesn't DPS issue licenses for individuals?
When I obtained my TX DL, the girl read my over 30 year old Texas address and asked if I had lived there. She verified the required documents and I had a temporary license in less than 10 minutes. My wife had to obtain original documents of birth and divorce before they would issue her license.Heh. That gave me a little laugh.
When the wife and I moved down from WA, we had to jump through forty hoops (some of them backwards) to get our licenses. I thought my wife was going to murder the DPS gal one trip (it took four 40-mile round trips. and we only got lucky that last visit). She said it took all the documents because TX is "a border state". My wife: "And WA is a border state!". She didn't care.The wife had to get divorce court documents going back three decades. I told them I was native Texan and had held a TX DL before. Don't care; we'll need your third grade library card, as well. Looking back, I think most of the nonsense was because we had "regular" DLs in WA and were going to Real ID in TX. But, seriously, how stupid? If you are from Guatemala, Iran or Lebanon, you can just mosey across the border and someone will hand you a phone and an EBT card. But if you are a citizen, you got some 'splainin' to do.
If you do not have a vehicle registered in TX then you will be issued an ID. I went through that a couple of years ago when I returned to TX. The last legislature basically killed vehicle inspections except emissions. Not every county requires an emissions test.I'm still not making the connection of how OP can't get a Texas DL because his vehicle won't pass inspection. Unless he has acquired some unpaid fines already.
Just going to add this....
Over 18 moving to Texas will require proof of:
- Identity (a valid out of state license can be used as a supporting document)
- Citizenship or lawful presence
- Social security number
- Evidence of Texas Vehicle Registration* for each vehicle you own. Registration must be current. Visit Texas DMV vehicle registration for more information. (New Residents who are surrendering an out-of-state driver license only)
- Proof of Insurance* for each vehicle you own
*If you do not own a vehicle, you will sign a statement affirming this.
If you do not have a vehicle registered in TX then you will be issued an ID. I went through that a couple of years ago when I returned to TX. The last legislature basically killed vehicle inspections except emissions. Not every county requires an emissions test.
You can still get a license without a owning a vehicle..see above.
Except the OP is about a guy who does own a vehicle, and thus until his vehicle gets registered properly in Texas, Texas law doesn't allow for him to receive a Texas license until that vehicle is registered in Texas.
So you commit perjury to get a license (in this guys case)? It's been a few years and things change.