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How To Get Your Texas Driver License: A Step By Step Guide

If you live and drive in Texas you need a Texas drivers license. In fact a valid Texas license must be obtained within 90 days of moving to the state. If you don’t already have a license, you will need to get a first time license. The process is simple, but can take time. This article will walk you through the process.

10 Steps to Get a Driving License in Texas

  1. 1

    Ask Yourself, ‘Do I Qualify?’

    There are specific requirements that must be met to get a TX drivers license. You must be at least 15 years old. If you are under 18 you will have to adhere to special graduated licensing requirements.

  2. 2

    Find Documentation to Verify Identity

    To get a drivers license in Texas you will have to verify your identity to the DMV worker. Passports, birth certificates and school records are just a few examples of appropriate ID. Get a complete list form the TX DMV. Start putting together your documents early so that you can get duplicates if you need to. No photocopies are permitted and each document must be an original.

    Put the documents together in advance

  3. 3

    Start Reading the TX Drivers Handbook

    Next you will need to get a copy of the states handbook. Make sure that you read it carefully since it provides information about the licensing process. You can find your Texas drivers handbook at a local DMV office, or online at the Department of Public Safety website.

  4. 4

    Study the Drivers Handbook

    For many people, reading the handbook through is not enough. This handbook will be the basis of your DMV test and you will need to understand the information very well to pass your Texas permit test. If possible get someone else to study with you.

  5. 5

    Enroll in Texas Drivers Ed

    If you are under the age of 25 and applying for your first time license, you will need to complete a Texas drivers education program before you can get your license. These programs can really teach valuable skills, so it is a good idea for all drivers to consider taking a course.

  6. 6

    Complete Your Application for a Texas Drivers Permit

    Now you can head on over to your nearest licensing office and complete an application for a drivers license. This will ask for basic information like name, age and address. If you are under 18 it will require parents’ signatures, so bring them with you when you come in. You will need to pay $11 for your examination and $16 once you are ready for a Learner license (if under 18). You can find and print off an application online and bring it in with you. All fees must be paid in cash, money order or check.

  7. 7

    Take Your Vision and TX Driving Permit Test

    Your permit test will consist of several multiple choice questions about the information in your handbook. If you pass this test, you will get your Texas learners permit. If you have studied and taken a Texas permit practice test, you should do well on this examination.

    Texas permit
    Choose the level of difficulty, language and type of vehicle. All tests are free

  8. 8

    Use Your Permit and Practice

    Practice is the best way to learn to drive. Practice often, until you are comfortable behind the wheel of a vehicle in all situations. Try to practice during day and evening hours and during bad weather. Always have a licensed driver in the front seat with you.

  9. 9

    Schedule a Driving Test

    When you are ready, contact the DMV to schedule your TX driving test. Your Texas drivers license test will consist of a behind the wheel course with an administrator. You will need to provide a vehicle that is licensed and registered in Texas. It will have to meet minimum safety standards.

    Watch Texas DPS mock road test to check yourself before the appointment:

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    Pass Your Test and Get Your License

    Once you pass your driving test and pay your $25 fee you will receive a license. At this time your Texas driving permit will be voided. Congratulations!

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