McKinney, TX asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Texas

Q: How to fix wrong birth year on drivers license in Tx.

When I was 15 my dad got me a TX state ID and somehow changed my birth year to say I was 16 so I could work. The birth year then followed on to my Drivers License. I am now about to turn 47 and I have never fixed this issue due to fear of my dad getting in trouble. He has now past and I want to correct this. It is time to renew my license and with the new real ID laws I must renew in person and bring a certified Birth Certificate. Looking for advice how I need to address this without getting in trouble myself or if I need a lawyer what type of lawyer would I need.

2 Lawyer Answers
Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Take your birth certificate and correct the date.

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX

A: I think your best move is to renew your license in-person,with your birth certificate. Just tell the clerk there seems to be an error on your license. Say nothing else. If you start to tell the government that you were aware of the error and participated in it's production and use, you will be putting yourself in a precarious position.

A different way to handle it would be to get a Passport. On that note all you need is your birth certificate and other ID like your tax return, credit cards, and other items mentioned on the US Homeland or passport websites. Then you can use your Passport and birth Certificate to get your driver license fixed.

Remember. . . admit no participation in having the wrong birth date. Do not lie to the government. Silence is GOLDEN.

Good Luck.

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