Some Texas home school students have recently been denied a driver license by local Department of Public Safety (DPS) offices because they are without official school records, like report cards. The students were given no alternative method.

This is not the first time this has come up. In both 2003 and 2008, Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) was able to work with the DPS to arrange for the acceptance of a verification of enrollment (VOE) form as supporting documentation that the students were in school.

Now, offices are saying a VOE form is no longer acceptable. But what has changed?

Once again,THSC is reaching out to the DPS commissioner on behalf of the home school community.  For over 10 years, the DPS has held to policies that provided for the equal treatment of home schooled students. Home schooling remains legal and these students should not be penalized simply because they are not in a traditional school.

THSC drafted a letter to the department outlining the history of fair policies towards home school students and urging the department to reverse its recent changes to its driver license policies.

We look forward to a positive response and a directive to all local DPS offices that home school students must not be discriminated against.

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