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Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers in Texas

Obtaining an instruction permit is generally the first step that a beginner driver takes toward becoming a fully licensed driver in Texas. You are eligible to apply for an instruction permit if you are at least 15 years old and:

  • you have never been licensed to operate a vehicle, or
  • you are a new resident of Texas who has been licensed in another state, but your driver's license has been expired for longer than six months.


  1. Download a copy of the Texas Driver's Manual, or get a hard copy by visiting a local Driver License office.
  2. If you are under 18 years of age you must:
  3. Visit your local Driver License Center to submit the application. You must bring with you:
  4. Proof of identity and social security number as specified by the Department of Transportation. If you have changed your name, you must bring documents that support this and clearly indicate your current name.
  5. If you own a vehicle provide proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance.
  6. The instruction permit fee of $16.
  7. You will be given a written knowledge test and an eye screening at the Driver License office. If you pass these tests, you will be issued an instruction permit, which will expire a year after your next birthday.
When driving with an instruction permit you must be accompanied by a licensed driver age of 21 or older who has held a license for at least a year. This person must sit beside you.


You are eligible for a provisional license if you are at least 16 years of age and have held an instruction permit for a minimum of six months. Once you pass the road test you will be issued a provisional license which comes with the following restrictions during the first six months:
  1. Provisional license holders are not permitted to drive between midnight and 5 am unless in a medical emergency or for traveling to and from work or school activities.
  2. You are not permitted to carry more than one unrelated passenger under the age of 21.
  3. Use of cell phone while driving is prohibited.
You must present proof of identity, Texas residency, Social Security number and legal status when applying for a provisional license. Additionally, you will need to complete a Verification of Attendance and Enrollment in School form (TEA form GEA-043R93) and pass any applicable tests.


Once you have held a provisional license for six months there are no driving restrictions and it is as good as a full license.


Reviews of Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers in Texas

what if i know my sons social security number but don't have his card. I do have his passport

Do you have to take a drivers course before you can get your permit? I am 15 yrs old? Help...

i am 15 and am holding my learners license. i turn 16 July 17th and was wondering if i could go ahead and take my drivers test because, i have a drill team camp starting july 1st. my parents leave at 5 a.m. in the morning. would it be possible for me to get my license early for camp?

i have a Pennsylvania permit and I'm moving back to Texas will i be able to get a switch and get a Texas permit???

Hi, I currently have a learner's permit but it expires next month and I do not believe I will be ready to go and take the driving part of the test just yet. Is there a way that I am able to renew my learner's permit so I may have more time to practice my driving? If so, what is the fee of the renewal?

Thank you so much for your help and time.


I am not allowed to miss any more days at work and my driving permit expires 3-08-2009,how may I renew my permit, where I am able to take it in two weeks during spring break and what is a good time to take road test? Also is there a fee? I appreciate your help!

Thank You,

Zulema Barrera

just need to know if we can make an appt, for driving test on the internet or do we have to go to the DMV ?