Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license in Texas. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.
What You’ll Need
📌Application for Driver License or Identification Card (Form DL-14A)
📌 Proof of identity, proof of Social Security number, proof of lawful U.S. presence, and proof of Texas residency
📌 Proof of Texas vehicle registration and vehicle insurance OR a signed affidavit stating that you do not own a vehicle
📌 Out-of-state license (if applicable)
📌 Learner’s Permit (if under age 18 or receiving your license for the first time and wish to practice driving before the road test)
📌 $25 for Class C driver’s license fee
For your Learner’s Permit...
- Texas Driver Education Certificate (Form DE-964)
- Classroom Instructor Driver Education Affidavit (Form DL-90A)
- Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE Form), GED, or diploma
- $16 for Learner’s Permit fee
What You’ll Do
- Step 1: Visit the DMV to apply for a Learner’s Permit (optional: make an appointment!)
- Provide the required documents and identification
- Pass a written test (if not completed during a driver’s education course)
- Submit $16 Learner’s Permit fee
- Receive your Learner’s Permit
- Step 2: Practice driving to prepare for the road test (optional)
- Step 3: Visit the DMV (make an appointment!)
- Submit the required documents and identification
- Pass the road test (if applicable)
- Surrender your out-of-state driver’s license (if applicable)
- Submit $25 payment
- Receive a temporary driver’s license receipt
- Step 4: Receive your new Texas Class C driver’s license via U.S. mail within 3 weeks
Caveats and Exceptions
- Already hold a valid driver’s license from another state? Then you can skip the written and road tests.
- Under age 18? You must complete a Texas-approved driver’s education course before you may take the written exam for the Learner’s Permit. Learn more about Texas’ provisional licensing requirements.
- Over age 18 and don’t need to practice driving before taking the road test? Then you don’t need a Learner’s Permit.
- Failed the written or road tests? You’ll have two more chances within 90 days to pass, otherwise you will need to begin the driver’s license application process again.
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