AUSTIN, TX -- The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), along with State Representative Joe Farias and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), have announced a new opportunity for customers to make voluntary contributions to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) when they apply for an original or renewal driver license or personal identification card.
“For more than 200 years, courageous men and women have joined the U.S. Military and selflessly fulfilled a pledge to serve and protect this great nation at all costs,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “This donation option is a new way for
In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature passed House Bill 633, authored by Rep. Joe Farias, which allows Texans to make donations to the FVA during driver license transactions.
“I am proud that our efforts in the 83rd Legislature have lead up to this moment today. The work that the Texas Veterans Commission and Department of Public Safety have done to implement this new program will help the veterans of
“We need to honor the sacrifice made by our veterans and military families,” said State Sen. Wendy Davis, who sponsored the legislation during the 83rd Legislative Session. “I am proud to have pushed to create another venue for Texans to show their generosity and make a financial contribution to our nation’s heroes who have already sacrificed so much.”
The donation option is available for customers who apply in-person at a DPS driver license office and during online transactions. Customers can only make donations when applying for an original or renewal driver license/identification card – not during other transactions, such as changes of address or card replacements. Applicants can choose how much they wish to donate, and the contribution must be in whole dollar amounts and must be paid at the time of the transaction.
“Through the generous contributions of all those interested in supporting veterans, we can make a significant difference in the lives of
The TVC administers the FVA, and awards reimbursement grants to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to
DPS also collects contributions to the Blindness Education Screening and Treatment Program, and Glenda Dawson Donate Life – Texas Registry (organ and tissue donor program) during the driver license and identification card application process.