AUSTIN (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,
– A state law that took effect yesterday has changed proof of residency
requirements for homeowners applying for the property tax
homestead exemption

The new law requires applicants to provide a copy of their Texas driver’s
license or state ID card and vehicle registration receipt. The documents
must show the same address as the property for which the exemption is

Applicants who do not own a vehicle must provide a copy of a utility bill
with the correct address. They must also provide an affidavit stating he or she
does not own a vehicle.

The new requirements also apply to applications for the over-65,
disability, disabled veterans, homeowner’s surviving spouse and manufactured
(mobile) home exemptions. They do not apply to homeowners who already have
homestead exemptions.