Every student must have a UST ID card. For information on how to obtain your UST ID card, visit Student Affairs Services.
Texas ID/Driver’s License
Apply for a Texas ID or driver’s license at any Department of Public Safety (DPS) office. You will have to take a test that includes testing your vision (bring any eyeglasses), a written test and a driving skills test. To begin, you should acquire a Texas Driver’s Handbook to study. Visit the DPS website for more detailed information. Plan to spend a couple of hours at the DPS office for this process. You will need to bring the following documents with you:
- UST I-20
- Proof of residence – you must have been in the state of Texas for at least 30 days in order to apply for a Texas Driver’s License or State ID.
As of September 2011, F and J visa holders are no longer required to submit a letter of good standing from the University.
The closest DPS office to UST is:
12220 South Gessner
Houston, TX 77071
Social Security Number
Federal regulations require F and J visa holders to have a job in order to apply for a Social Security number. This means you must have an on-campus job or authorized work via CPT/OPT. You can apply for a Social Security number at a Social Security office. You will need to bring the following documents with you:
- Letter of employment/offer letter from employer
- Letter from the OISSS
- UST I-20
- I-94 (paper or electronic version)
The closest Social Security office to UST is:
8989 Lakes at 610 Dr.
Houston, TX 77051
When you receive your Social Security card in the mail, it is important to keep it in a safe place and do not carry it on your person.