HB 123

86(R) - 2019
House Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services
House Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


James White
Stephanie Klick
Rick Miller
Ina Minjarez
Toni Rose


Diego Bernal
Art Fierro
Victoria Neave
Ana-Maria Ramos
Richard Raymond
Gene Wu


Kirk Watson

Bill Caption

Relating to the issuance of personal identification documents for foster children, homeless children or youth, and unaccompanied youth.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 123 would make it easier for foster children and homeless and unaccompanied youths to apply for and obtain state IDs. The bill would allow children who fall into the category of "homeless child or youth" to provide a birth certificate and proof of U.S. citizenship as a valid proof of identity rather than providing a proof of residence during their application process. HB 123 would also allow the use of school district address where the child or youth attends school, the shelter or housing development where the child is residing, or the address of the Department of Family and Protective Services where a social worker offices as a valid address rather than listing an official domicile.

Under HB 123, the Department of Public Safety would be able to issue an ID to one of these children or youth without the signature of an adult. In addition, HB 123 would exempt these youths from any fees related to the application process. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action remains neutral on HB 124 as it does not affect any of our liberty principles.