On a Killeen, Texas Facebook group, someone asked about getting a state ID if you have an outstanding warrant against you.

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With almost 50 reactions and dozens of comments, it would seem this is a topic that quite a few people in Central Texas want to discuss. Let's get into the answer.

Can You Get an ID Card or Driver's License in Texas With a Warrant?

A Texas driver's license is different from a Texas State ID. A driver's license serves as identification, as well as authorization to drive a vehicle. The Texas State ID is only used as an identification card, according to dps.texas.gov.

Having an outstanding warrant doesn't necessarily mean you're wanted for a major crime. It's easy to get a fine for something minor, then either forget about it or be unable to pay. However, failing to pay a fine or failing to appear in court can lead to an arrest warrant and jail time.

According to findlaw.com, dealing with the active warrant first is your only option if you need a state ID or driver's license. You may need to pay outstanding fines, attend a court date, or speak with a judge or probation officer to clear the warrant.

Types of Warrants

Texaslawhelp.com states there are two types of warrants that may be issued in a fine-only case: Failure to Appear (also called a 'FTA' or 'Alias') warrant, or a Capias Pro Fine warrant. A Capias Pro Fine warrant is issued if you don't pay a fine in full or serve all of your court-ordered community service.

How to Check Your Record

If you're not sure if you have a suspension or owe any reinstatement fees, you can visit texas.gov/driver and select 'Driver License Reinstatement & Status' on the menu. You will have to enter your driver’s license or ID number, date of birth, and the last 4 digits of your social security number to get your current eligibility status.

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