On September 1st changes were made to the proof of residency requirements for homeowners applying for property tax homestead exemption. Under the new law all applicants must show a copy of their Texas Driver’s license or state ID card and vehicle registration receipt. All of the documents must show the same address as the property they are seeking exemption for.  

Applicants that do not own a vehicle can use a utility bill showing the matching address, but also must sign an affidavit stating that they do not own a vehicle.

The new law does not affect those who have already received tax exemption status. The new homestead requirements also apply to applications for the over-65, disability, disabled veterans, homeowner’s surviving spouse and manufactured (mobile) home exemptions.

The homestead exemption form must be filed between Jan 1, 2011 and April 30, 2011.   To qualify you must have owned your home by January 1, reside there as of that date and not claim an exemption on any other property.