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)

📌 Certificate of completion from a qualifying driver’s education course AND proof of completion of the Impact Texas Young Drivers program (if between 18 and 24 years old)

📌 $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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