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Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers in Texas

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Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers in Texas

Drivers under the age of 18 who want to obtain a driving license in Texas must go through the state's Graduated Driver License program. The first step is to obtain a TX learners permit.

If you have a drivers permit from another state, visit your local driver license office to see if it is eligible for transfer.

Information Related to Learner's Permit

Driving Permit Requirements

All drivers in Texas must meet two requirements. Drivers must:

  • Be at least 15 years old.
  • Meet the classroom portion of drivers education.

ATX learnerspermit expires on the driver's 18th birthday and requires him or her to have a supervising driver in the passenger seat that is at least 21 years of age at all times.

Drivers Ed

All drivers under 18 must complete a classroom drivers ed course before they take the written knowledge exam. The classroom portion consists of 32 instruction hours. After taking the written exam, drivers must meet the 44-hour requirement of instruction behind the wheel. There are three locations where you can take the drivers education class:

  • At a local public school
  • At a certified drivers training school
  • At home with an accredited online course

How to Get a Learning Permit

To obtain a Texas learner license or permit, visit a driver license office and:

  1. Provide necessary documentation:
  2. Proof of identity:
    • Primary documents:
      • Drivers license
      • Passport
    • Secondary documents:
      • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
      • Court order showing name and date of birth and indicating a name or gender change from a U.S. entity (original or certified copy)
    • Supporting documents:
      • Social Security card
      • W-2 form

How to Provide Primary and Secondary Documentation

Drivers must bring one primary identity document and two secondary identity documents, or one secondary and two supporting identity documents.

  • Two proofs of residency:
    • Valid voter registration card
    • Car registration certificate
  • One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
    • Health insurance card
  • One proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence:
    • Passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) (non-U.S. citizens)
    • Foreign passport with attached temporary I-551 (non-U.S. citizens)
  • Complete the Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card (DL-14A) form.
  • Bring a parent or guardian to sign the drivers permit application.
  • Provide a high school diploma, GED or a completed Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form.
  • Give an original form that proves your completion of a driversed course with the required classroom hours:
  • Driver Training School: Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964)
  • Parent-Taught Driver Education: Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964) or Classroom Instruction Driver Education Affidavit (DL-90A)
  • Public High School: Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964E)
  • Take the written knowledge test.
  • Pay the $16 permit for driving fee.
  • Driver license offices accept cash, checks, money orders and credit cards.

You cannot obtain a drivers permit online in Texas.

DMV Written Exam

Getting drivers permit credentials in Texas can only be done if you pass the DMV written exam with a score of 70 percent or better. Using the DMV Practice Tests before heading over will guarantee that you pass on the first try. You must make an appointment at your local Department of Public Safety office in order to take the test. Find a DPS office near you using the DMV locator tool.

Learners Permit Restrictions

Learners licenses are used to help you hone your driving skills. However, drivers must always have a supervisor (21 or older) in the front seat when on the road. Car insurance is also required of all drivers. Operators with learners licenses or standard drivers licenses must meet the state car insurance minimums.
DMVAdvisors.org Note: Cell phones can never be used while driving with a TX learners permit.
After six months, drivers with a learner license graduate from their Texas learning permit to a provisional license.

How to Replace a Driving Permit

Replacement learners permits must be requested if the original is lost, stolen or badly damaged. The steps to do so are as follows:

  1. Visit a local drivers license office.
  2. Filling out an Application for Renewal/Replacement/Change of a Texas Driver License or Identification Card (DL-43) form.
  3. A parent or guardian must sign.
  4. Provide necessary documentation:
  5. Proof of identity:
    • Primary documents:
      • Drivers license
      • Passport
    • Secondary documents:
      • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
      • Court order showing name and date of birth and indicating a name or gender change from a U.S. entity (original or certified copy)
    • Supporting documents:
      • Social Security card
      • W-2 form

How to Provide Primary and Secondary Documentation

Drivers must bring one primary identity document and two secondary identity documents, or one secondary and two supporting identity documents.

  • Two proofs of residency:
    • Valid voter registration card
    • Car registration certificate
  • One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
    • Health insurance card
  • One proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence:
    • Passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) (non-U.S. citizens)
    • Foreign passport with attached temporary I-551 (non-U.S. citizens)
  • Pay the $11 replacement fee.
  • Driver license offices accept cash, checks, money orders and credit cards

The same forms and documentation must be presented to renew your learners permit.

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Submitted by billrhoda on 11th Feb 2015

what if i know my sons social

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

Submitted by degarcia1 on 11th Jul 2012

Do you have to take a drivers

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

Submitted by a'breyona on 3rd Jun 2012

i am 15 and am holding my

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?

Submitted by tootie18 on 17th Apr 2012

i have a Pennsylvania permit

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???

Submitted by Juliejetssanche... on 22nd Mar 2012

Hi, I currently have a

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.

Julie

Submitted by zbarrera on 4th Mar 2009

I am not allowed to miss any

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

Submitted by 5843465 on 27th Jan 2013

just need to know if we can

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 ?