Whether you lost it when your house flooded, or while wading through chest deep water, or just in the general chaos, your vital documents – your driver’s license, social security card, birth certificate, and other documents – are missing or destroyed. Here’s how to order new personal identification documents for yourself and your family:
- Replace Your Birth Certificate. Visit the website of the Texas Department of State Health Services here: https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/ovra/index.htm. Each birth certificate costs $22, and you will need to have a credit card or debit card handy. You will also need to have the following information on hand to complete the online form:
- Full name of the individual on the Birth Certificate
- City or county where the birth took place
- Full name of the father on the Birth Certificate, if listed
- Full maiden name of the mother on the Birth Certificate, if listed
- Your current Driver License or state-issued Identification Card*
- Your Social Security number
- Replace your Driver’s License. Visit the Texas Department of Public Services website here: https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/replace.htm. The fee is $11 to $33, depending on your age and the type of license you’re replacing. You will also need to provide proof of your identity, such as a birth certificate and (if your name has changed) marriage license, or other documentation. If you don’t have that documentation, call the Texas DPS at:
Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday except holidays.
- Replace your Marriage Certificate. Visit the Texas Department of State Health Services at: https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/ovra/RequestFormMV.htm. You’ll need to be able to provide the following information:
- Full name of the husband on the marriage license (optional if the wife’s name is entered)
- Full name of the wife on the marriage license (optional if the husband’s name is entered)
- Date or date range when the marriage occurred (month and/or day are optional)
- City or county where the marriage license was obtained (optional)
- Date of birth for the husband (optional)
- Date of birth for the wife (optional)
- Age of the husband when the marriage occurred (optional)
- Age of the wife when the marriage occurred (optional)
- Replace your Social Security Card. Ordering a replacement SS card from the Social Security Administration is FREE. Go to https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/. You will need your birth certificate, and your U.S. Passport or Military ID, or Texas Driver’s License. Other forms of acceptable ID are listed on the website.
- Replace your passport. To report your passport as lost, and order a new one, go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/lost-stolen.html. To replace your passport, you’ll need to fill out form DS-11 (which you can do online) and go to a passport acceptance facility or agency. You’ll need your birth certificate or a certified copy, and a government-issued photo ID.
- Replace your Voter Registration Card. Go to http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/550-2.html. This is another free one.
Government agencies usually mail replacement vital documents. But if your home was destroyed in a disaster, you might not be able to get your mail. Contact your local post office and ask if you can pick up your mail there or request to have your mail forwarded to a temporary location.