ID Checking | New Drivers License Design

Prior to June 2009, a person who sold a minor an alcoholic beverage had a defense available if the minor provided a fake Texas driver’s license or ID card that showed the minor was 21 years old. Effective June 19, 2009, the defense was extended to any photo ID issued by a state or the federal government. Also, in April 2009, Texas DPS began issuing newly designed driver’s licenses and ID cards.

Texas has changed new drivers’ licenses and identification cards and is attempting to make it easy to identify under-aged, minors. Visit our site regularly for updates to identification requirements for establishments that sell or allow the consumption of tobacco and alcoholic products.