|TRC To Implement New Licensing Policies
Beginning March 1
The Texas Racing Commission (TRC) will
be implementing new policies regarding the issuance of a license badge.
Due to increased concerns over homeland security, it will now be necessary
for all applicants to furnish proof of identity when getting licensed.
This new policy goes into effect on March 1, 2003, and will be very similar
to the procedures related to obtaining a Texas Driver’s License.
Previously, an individual was allowed to fill out an application for
license and sign the form attesting to their identity. This creates a
situation whereby someone could make false representations and receive
a state issued form of identification. Those credentials could then be
used to perpetuate the false identity and give increased validity to that
There are several documents that the Texas Racing Commission (TRC) will
accept as forms of identification, such as a current photo driver’s
license or photo ID by any state in the United States, U.S. Territory,
the District of Columbia or Canadian Province. Other acceptable documents
are as follows:
- Current United States passport
- United States citizenship (naturalization) certificate with photo
- Current United States Immigration and Naturalization Service
document with date and photo
- Current United States military ID card for active duty, reserve
or retired personnel with photo.
The Texas Horsemen’s Partnership has been working closely with
the TRC to ensure that the new policy will address the concerns of horsemen.
One such concern involved getting owners licensed who do not physically
come to the track to watch the horse and therefore cannot present the
“We did not want to have a horse scratched because the trainer
entered a horse on behalf of an owner that may live outside the state
and had no intentions of personally coming to the track,” explained
Tommy J. Azopardi, executive director of the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership.
The TRC has made assurances that it will still license individuals by
mail, but it will not issue the badge until the person presents the aforementioned
“We are certainly supportive of the Commission’s efforts
to protect against terrorism and other related concerns,” stated
Azopardi. “This was not something that was ‘dreamed-up’
to create aggravation for our members, but rather based on an actual situation
whereby someone came into a TRC licensing office and obtained a badge
under false pretense. Then they used the badge to get further documentation
in another state.”
The statistics presented to the THP during these discussions relating
to the number of illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern countries caught
coming into the U.S. were alarming. “We hope that our members understand
the gravity of the matter and appreciate that the TRC and the THP have
tried to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible in the
whole process,” added Azopardi.
The TRC is using the e-mails that they have on file to notify horsemen
of the change, and notices will be posted at the race office in addition
to notices sent to individuals renewing their licenses. If any horseman
has a question or concern they may call the THP office for assistance.