Some state officials in Texas are concerned about residents of the state being able to use a photo identification card issued by the Mexican government to register or transfer titles on their cars, according to a published report.
Known as "matricula consular," the card may be used for as long as one year, The Houston Chronicle reports. The rule issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles of Texas is set to begin on September 3 and will come to a close on August 31 of next year.
Considered the first phase of the new rule, the allowance notates one county office will have to perform some adjusting as the rule nears enacting.
The tax office of Harris County presently does not permit the use of identification cards issued by foreign consular offices when moving forward with applications for titles and registrations. The offices will likely need to overhaul temporary procedures.
"I am not in favor of accepting the matricula card as a form of identification but my office will follow the new rule of the Department of Motor Vehicles," states an email containing a statement by tax assessor-collector Don Sumners that was sent by a county spokesman, according to The Houston Chronicle.
The official's opposition to the use of the matricula consular is partially due to the challenges of authenticating the card. The identification card is akin to a driver's license in both size and appearance and it demonstrates the holder's photograph, date of birth, address and an expiration date.
Harris County already is dealing with other issues regarding elections.
The county's education department filed a lawsuit last month regarding primary elections for two election department trustee openings, The Southeast Texas Record reports.
Filed July 20, the lawsuit names the county, county clerk Stan Stanart and Sumners as defendants, the news source reported earlier this month.