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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Texas

You can apply for a new driver's license at any driver license office in Texas. Obtain a Texas Driver's Handbook to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.

NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS

Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Texas driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 15 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must provide consent by signing the application form. The DL-77 MRDL application needs to be submitted by those under 18. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. A completed Application for Texas Driver License form.
  4. Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests with your own vehicle. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  5. Driver Education certificates may be mandatory in some cases.
  6. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification and social security number.
  7. Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance must be provided if you own a vehicle.
  8. A photograph and thumbprint will be taken.

NEW RESIDENTS

Texas residents holding a driver's license from another state need to obtain a valid Texas driver's license within 30 days of their entry in the state. The written and driving tests will have to be taken only if the out-of-state license is expired. However, like other applicants, new residents must pass the vision test, provide proof of identification, social security number, proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance if applicable, have a photograph and thumbprint taken and submit a completed application form available at the local driver's license office. The out of state license needs to be submitted for a Texas Driver's license to be issued. Non-US citizens residing in Texas may apply for a Texas driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Foreigners can also drive with their home country's license for a year if the US has a reciprocity agreement with that country.

FEES

The fee for a Texas driver's license varies with the age of the applicant and the kind of license applied for. Usually a non-commercial (Class C) license for ages 18-84 costs $24, along with a driver license examination fee of $10, if required.

VALIDITY

The validity of a Texas driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued.
  • For drivers below 18, the license is valid until their next birthday, after which it may be renewed.
  • For drivers between 18 and 84, the driver's license is valid for six years.
  • For drivers 85 and above, the license is valid until the second birthday after the application date.

LEARNER'S LICENSE

With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Texas with a learner's license. See more information on graduated license program here.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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