In this article, we will be talking about how to accomplish DL-43 for a driver’s license renewal in the state of Texas, and we’ll help you through it every step of the way.
What is form DL-43?
Officially, the form used to apply for a Texas Driver’s License renewal is called DL-43. It is used by the Texas State Government to monitor those applying for a renewal of a Texas driver’s license or Identification card.
The form is available in two languages, English and Spanish. This is useful if you’re only able to speak one language or the other.
Can I fill out form DL-43?
If you are seeking to renew your Driver’s License in the state of Texas, then you must accomplish this form.
What do I need to fill out form DL-43?
You’ll be needing everything that you’d normally need for a legal document. Meaning your standard information: your full name, contact information, and home address. You’d also need information regarding your physical features such as your weight, height, race, and eye color.
You’ll also be asked to accomplish an information form. They’re just a series of “Yes or No” questions regarding donations within the state of Texas and medical information.
How do I fill out the form DL-43?
Before anything else, make sure that you have all of your information verified before attempting to fill out this form. This is a legal document, and thus should be treated and respected as one.
Now, let’s go through this process step-by-step.
You’ll be needing your personal information if you want to apply for a Texas driver’s license renewal.
First, place the parts of your name in the area designated for each section. Specifically, you’ll be asked for your Last Name or Family Name, and then your First Name, then Middle Name, and finally your Suffix if you have one (e.g. the “Jr.” in John Smith Jr. or “II” in John Smith II). You’ll also be asked for your Maiden Name, which is normally your mother’s name before she was wed.
Next, you’ll need your date of birth in the format of MM/DD/YYYY, e.g. 06/29/2000 for June 29, 2000.
Moving on, you’ll need your social security number (SSN) if you have one.
From there, you’ll have to put your sex. Indicate whether you are biologically a male or female.
You’ll also need your physical information, namely your height, weight in lbs, and eye-color.
Finally, for this section, you’ll need to choose your Race. Place the following codes for the corresponding ethnicity.
(A) if you are either Asian or a Pacific Islander
(B) if you are Black
(H) if you are Hispanic or
(W) if you are White or Caucasian
(I) if you are an American Indian / Alaska Native
(O) if you are Other, or none of the above.
For this section, you’ll have to indicate your contact information or how you’ll be contacted.
You’ll need your Home phone number, other phone number, and email address.
You’ll need to input your residence address. This is where you currently reside in. You must also indicate your city, state, county, and ZIP code.
You will also need to input your mailing address with the corresponding city, state, county, and ZIP code.
This part of the form will require you to tick the “Yes or No” boxes for the statements that apply or do not apply to you. This part of the form has two sections, one for general information and one for medical information.
You will first be asked to indicate whether or not you are a U.S. citizen. Click Yes or No depending on whether you are one or not.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you will be asked if you want to vote and update your voter information if you haven’t already. If you are not a U.S. citizen, simply check “No”.
For the next few questions, you will be asked if you want to donate to any of the following programs:
- $1.00 to the Blindness Education Screening and Education Program
- Any amount to the Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas donor registry
- Any amount to help provide funding for rape kits
- Any amount to support Texas veterans
You will also be asked if you want to register yourself as an organ donor.
The next question is if you have a health condition that may impede communication with a peace officer. If yes, you’ll be asked to list down any that you have been diagnosed with.
You’ll then be asked if you want a veteran designator on your driver’s license / identification card. You’ll have to provide proof of honorable discharge through one of the following: DD214/5, NGB22, VA disability letter, proof of service or verification of honorable service card.
If you answered yes to the previous question, you’ll be asked if you are a 60% disabled Veteran receiving compensation and want to waive the application fees.
At the end of this section, you’ll be asked if you want to provide two emergency contacts to be reached in the event of injury or death. If yes, you’ll need to indicate their names, telephone numbers, and addresses.
The first question of this part is whether you have been previously diagnosed with any medical condition that may affect your ability to safely operate a vehicle. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Heart trouble such as strokes, high blood pressure, clots etc.
- Progressive eye disorder or injury
- Loss of hands, arms, feet, or legs
- Blackouts, seizures, loss of consciousness or body control (within the past two years)
- Difficulty turning head from side to side
- Loss of muscular control
- Stiff joints / neck
- Inadequate hand/eye coordination
- Medical condition that affects judgement
- Dizziness, vertigo, or balance problems
- Or loss of limbs
If you answered “yes” to the question above, you will be asked to indicate whether your condition has either improved or deteriorated since your last application of a license.
Next, you will be asked to indicate whether or not you have a mental condition that may affect your ability to operate a vehicle. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Clinical depression
You’ll then be asked if any of these apply to you
- Has ever had an epileptic seizure
- Is a diabetic requiring insulin treatment
- Has any drug or alcohol dependencies, or has had an episode with drug or alcohol in the past two years
- In the past two years, you have been diagnosed with any other serious medical conditions
- You have ever been referred to the Texas Medical Advisory Board for Driver Licensing
Well done, you’re almost through with the application form! To finish up, you just have to acknowledge a few things.
If you are an able-bodied male citizen or immigrant, who is at least 18 years of age but lower than 26, submitting this form consents to registration with the United States Selective Service System.
Being registered means that you qualify for federal student aid, job training, federal employment, and citizenship if an immigrant. In Texas, you must register to qualify for federal student aid or state employment.
If convicted, failure to register is considered a felony punishable by up to five (5) years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000. If not registered by age 26, you could permanently lose out on these benefits.
Before finishing, you’ll be asked to certify all this information by indicating your residence whether its a single family dwelling, apartment, motel, or temporary shelter.
To certify all the information that has just been provided, you will be asked to sign the document and indicate the date of accomplishment.
Once you’re done, congratulations! You’ve just accomplished DL-43, the application form for a Texas Driver’s License renewal.