New Homestead Law Now In Effect
A state law that took effect September 1st 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 requested.
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, disabled veterans, homeowners surviving spouse and manufactured (mobile) home exemptions. They do not apply to homeowners who already have homestead exemptions.