Updated April 2021
Ultimate Guide to Getting your Driver License in Texas
Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver's license in Texas. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.
What You’ll Need to get your Texas Driver License
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 to get your Texas Driver License
- 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.
- 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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