Rights and Responsiblites

Age of Majority

Age of Majority

  • Register with Selective Service
Almost all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S., who are 18 through 25, are required to register wit Selective Service. It’s important to know that even though he is registered, a man will not automatically be inducted into the military. In a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth. Then, they would be examined for mental, physical and moral fitness by the military before being deferred or exempted from military service or inducted into the Armed Forces.
Men with disabilities that would disqualify them from military service still must register for Selective Service. Selective Service does not presently have authority to classify men, so even men with obvious handicaps must register now, and if needed, classifications would be determined.

For more information, contact: The Selective Service System – www.sss.gov or (703) 605- 4100

  • Register to Vote
Any U.S citizen residing in Texas can vote who is:
Legally registered to vote in Texas
At least 18 years old on election day
Not a convicted felon (unless sentence, probation and parole are completed Not declared mentally incompetent by a court of law

For more information, contact: Secretary of State’s Office 1-800-252-8683

  • Obtain Texas Identification Card ( if driver’s license is not available)
Go to Department of Public Safety and provide proof of identity: School ID, Birth Certificate
  • Obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI is a federal program that makes monthly payments to people who have limited incomes and resources if they are 65 or older or if they are blind or have another disability. Being eligible for SSI means you receive a monthly benefit, Medicaid, Medicare premiums are paid, food stamps, and other social services.
For more information, contact: Denton County 888- 717-1538 or SSI Austin Work Incentives Liaison 916-5411, ext. 3024