HB 1681

84(R) - 2015
House County Affairs
House County Affairs
County Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Dwayne Bohac

Bill Caption

Relating to the authority of a county clerk to require an individual to present photo identification to file certain documents.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication anticipated.

Local Government

There could be a negative fiscal impact to a county that could not charge a fee to copy or record the information from a photo identification; however, the amounts would vary depending on the amount of the fee and the number of copies.

Bill Analysis

HB 1681 would seek to address the seemingly suspicious transactions occurring in the lobbies of county clerks in the state of Texas. The bill would allow county clerks to require photo identification when a person is filing a document with the county clerk. The clerk would be authorized to copy the information from the identification for the purpose of filing which would be kept confidential. The bill prohibits the clerk from charging a person a fee to copy or record the information from a photo identification. HB 1681 would provide that a document filed with a county clerk is not invalid solely because the clerk did not copy a photo identification or record the information from the photo identification

Vote Recommendation Notes

While we support the state giving our county clerks to prevent any possible fraudulent activity in our courthouses and other county government facilities, this bill neither supports nor abridges of our liberty principles. We are neutral on HB 1681.