DRS Provider Manual and Forms

Provider Manual

The DARS DRS Standards for Providers is available. Only those providers required by contract to do so must comply with these standards.


The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts converted all Texas Identification Numbers (TIN) that were based on a Social Security Number (SSN) to a new and more secure format. This change will affect sole proprietorship business owners and other individuals who had TINs based on a SSN rather than an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Others will not be affected by this conversion. If your TIN begins with a "2" followed by an individual's SSN, the Comptroller's office has converted it to a new TIN consisting of a randomly assigned number that begins with a "7." Vendors must have the correct TIN on their invoices to remain in compliance with DARS performance standards.

Vendors can find their "7" TIN by using the Texas Comptroller's online application, which will continue to utilize the provider's EIN or SSN for searches and the "Confirm Texas Identification Number" screen will provide the "7" TIN. For more information visit the frequently asked questions on the CPA's website or contact DARS accounting at 866-440-0423, option 3.

Notice Regarding Standards for Providers. Effective May 27, 2015


DARS is completing a global change of the term purchase order as it relates to goods and services when purchased on behalf of consumers using the DARS case management system. Once these revisions are complete, all references to purchase order in the Standards will state service authorization and/or purchase order. No other changes to content or format have been made. DARS will issue service authorizations to vendors providing goods and services on behalf of consumers of the Division for Blind Services and the Division for Rehabilitation Services. However, please note that this change does not apply to services provided in the community by the DRS-Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and their contractors).

Contact the DARS DRS Standards Specialist if you have questions in the following areas:

  • vocational assessment or evaluation
  • personal social adjustment training
  • work adjustment training
  • room, board, and supervised living
  • vocational adjustment training
  • job coaching
  • job placement
  • supported employment and supported self-employment services
  • post-acute brain injury services
  • centers for independent living
  • durable medical equipment
  • vehicle modifications

Provider Forms

Provider forms associated with this manual are available in PDF and Microsoft Word formats. Instruction sheets are available for some forms, with more instruction sheets to be added later.