Child Protective Services Handbook Revision September 7, 2012

This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on September 7, 2012. Summaries of new or revised items are provided below.

Driver License Fee Waiver (PATS 5492)

Senate Bill (SB) 218, enacted in the 82nd Regular Legislative Session, amends Subchapter I, Chapter 521 in the Transportation Code to waive driver license fees for:

  •   foster youth in the managing conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS); and

  •   young adults at least 18 years of age but younger than age 21, and who reside in a DFPS-paid foster care placement.

This legislation became effective September 1, 2011, and was implemented by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) May 7, 2012.

To comply with SB 218, DPS and DFPS created a letter to waive the driver license fee, a youth submits the letter to a local DPS office along with a completed, signed DPS Form DL-14A Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card when applying for a Texas driver license.

CPS were informed of this policy with the issuance of PSA 12-086 Driver License Fee Waiver-Youth and Young Adult on 5/9/2012.


10642 Driver Licenses

10642.1 Driver License Assessment

10642.11 Approval Process

10642.12 Reassessing a Youth Before or After Receipt of a Driver License

10642.13 Youth Placed Out of State

10642.2 Issuing a DFPS Foster Youth Driver License Fee Waiver Letter

10642.3 Affidavit Requirements

10642.31 DFPS Conservatorship Affidavit – Under Age 18

10642.32 DFPS Placement Affidavit – Ages 18 to 21

10642.4 Documenting the Issuance of a Driver License Fee Waiver Letter

10642.41 Texas Residency Affidavit (DPS Form DL-5)

10642.42 Address Changes

10642.5 Canceling or Withdrawing a Driver License

10642.6 Driver License General Information Foster Youth Fact Sheet