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Applying for a Texas New Driver’s License – Under 18

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First-time Texas DMV drivers license applicants must pass various measures in order to obtain a license to drive in the state. The TX Department of Public safety administers driving licenses to applicants who can prove their identity and state residency. New drivers license applicants younger than 18 years of age must complete a drivers education course, pass the road skills assessment and vision screening at a Texas DMV office.

NOTE: Approximately 65 percent to 75 percent of learners pass the written drivers test at their first attempt. To increase those odds, get your copy of learners permit practice tests.

How to Apply for a Texas Learner's License:

  • Be at least 15 years of age.
  • Have completed the classroom component of a driver's ed course.
  • Present the required documentation including a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form.
  • Pass the written DMV exam.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pay Texas learners license fee.

Applying for a TX Learner's Permit

Getting a learners permit is the first step to completing the Graduated Driver License (GDL) program. After the initial learning phase, the driver can then move up to applying for a provisional license.

What is the Graduate Driver License Program in Texas

New drivers license applicants younger than 18 years of age must complete the two phases of the Graduated Driver License process in order to eventually qualify for full driving privileges. The phases of the program are as follows:

  • The learner's license.
  • The provisional license.

Minors who are new driving license applicants must meet a set a requirements and abide by the restricted driving license rules in order to advance to the next level of licensure. Texas learners permit holders need to pass a written drivers exam, road skills test and vision screening. Also, a drivers ed requirement must be fulfilled for applicants younger than 18 years of age.

What is a Minor Restricted Drivers License (MRDL)?

A minor restricted drivers license (MRDL) which is often referred to as a hardship license, is issued to qualifying applicants. New drivers who are at least 15 years of age can apply for a hardship license under extenuating circumstances related to their family and/or financial situation. To qualify for a hardship license, the applicant must have completed a driver's education course in addition to meeting the minimum age requirement.

The following are qualifying reasons to apply for a Texas MRDL:

  • Experiencing an unexpected economic hardship within the family.
  • Having an emergency related to death.
  • Having a sick or disabled family member.
  • Being enrolled in a Vocational Education Program.

How to Get A TX Learners License

Learners License Requirements in Texas

A Texas learners license is an instructional permit for driving, and applicants who meet the following qualifications can obtain their credentials at a local TX DMV office:

  • Be 15 to 18 years of age.
  • Have a parent or legal guardian accompany them to the DMV office.
  • Provide proof of having completed the classroom portion of a drivers ed course.
  • Pass the written drivers test and vision test.
  • Provide the required proof of identity, residency as well as a Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form.
  • Pay the required fees.

Preparing for a Texas DMV Written Exam

Texas learners license candidates must pass a written drivers exam to qualify for a driving credential. The exam consists of questions regarding rules of the road, traffic safety guidelines and more. Driving applicants must receive a grade of 70 percent or better to pass the TX DPS knowledge test.

To properly prepare for the drivers ed test, you must have a reliable study guide and practice test. A resourceful TX practice test and study guide contains both multiple choice questions and an illustrated road signs test. Our practice permit test is one such tool that includes sample questions comparable to those found on the official Texas DPS knowledge test.

The Texas written drivers test must be completed in-person at a local TX Department of Public Safety office. To view a listing of DMV locations near you, click here.

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TX Drivers Education

New DMV drivers permit applicants younger than 25 years of age are required to complete a drivers ed course before qualifying for a license to drive. Texas driving license applicants younger than 18 years of age are required to present a Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964) as proof of completing a certified behind-the-wheel drivers training course.

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Impact Texas Teen Drivers Program (ITTD)

The Impact Texas Teen Drivers Program is a component of the drivers education requirement in the state. Texas driving license applicants younger than 25 years of age must view a two-hour informational video prior to attempting to take road skills test at a TX DPS location. The ITTD video may be viewed at a school-sponsored drivers ed program or via the Texas Department of Public Safety website. Upon completing the program, the applicant will be issued a certificate of completion that is valid to take a driving test within 90 days.

Texas Learners License Restrictions

Learners licenses, also known as instructional permits, carry certain restrictions on the type of driving the licensee may engage. While operating a motor vehicle, Texas learner's permit holders may only be accompanied by a licensed adult 21 years of age and older, who has at least one year of driving experience. The supervising adult may not be intoxicated, sleeping or in any way distracted from observing the teen driver.

Note: In Texas, minors can sign up for drivers ed classes starting at 14 years of age, though they must have reached their 15th birthday in order to qualify for a driving permit.

Texas Provisional Licenses

The provisional drivers license is the second phase of the Texas Graduated Driver License program. A driving applicant can reach this stage once he or she has turned 16 years of age and met the other qualifications for a license to drive. Provisional license applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have held a learners license for at least six months.
  • Have completed a driver's ed course that included behind-the-wheel training.
  • Have completed the Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) informational video course.

Upon meeting these requirements, a provisional license applicant can visit a TX DPS office to be tested on his or her road skills.

TX Provisional License Driving Restrictions

Provisional drivers licenses differ from regular drivers licenses in that they restrict when and with whom the licensee may operate a vehicle. Texas provisional license holders must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • May only carry up to one passenger who is younger than 21 years of age who is not a relative.
  • No driving between the hours of 12 a.m. midnight and 5 a.m. except for when driving to or from work, school-related activities or in the event of a medical emergency.

Replacing a TX Learners Permit

Drivers need to obtain a DMV permit replacement if their original has been lost, stolen or destroyed. To replace learners permits, driving applicants must apply in-person at a Texas DPS office.

Locate a Texas DMV

Get TX DMV location details by clicking here. You will find the street address and telephone number of each Texas Department of Public Safety driver license office. Also, DMV hours are listed for your convenience.

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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 Juliejetssancheztebow (not verified) 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.


Submitted by zbarrera (not verified) 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 (not verified) 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 ?