Matricula Cards: Are They Acceptable ID?

A dealer contacted TIADA's Compliance Consultation Service and said that she's seen several car dealers in her area advertise “We Accept Matricula Consular!” in an effort to attract customers. This dealer asked, “how is that possible?”

The answer is that a matricula consular identity card is not acceptable identification to purchase a motor vehicle in Texas. In order for someone whose only photo identification is a matricula consular to purchase a vehicle, a second person who holds proper ID must also be listed as a registered owner on the vehicle title.  
As of 2013, Texas law requires that a person applying for a vehicle title present an acceptable form of photo identification. Those forms are:
  • A driver's license or state identification certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States.
  • United States or foreign passport.
  • U.S. military identification card.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security identification document.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services identification document.
  • U.S. Department of State identification document.
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) identification.
  • Identification issued under a Status of Forces Agreement.
Only one person whose name will appear on the title must have an acceptable form of identification. Thus, if a potential customer has a matricula consular and also has a spouse (or someone else they trust to jointly own their car) with ID listed above, then that customer could purchase a vehicle. In such a scenario, a dealership could accurately claim that they will sell a vehicle to a customer with a matricula consular. As with many things, however, there is more to the story than meets the eye.

LINK: No Driver's License? Can a Customer Still Buy a Car? 


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