Texas Learner’s Permit: A First-Time Teen Driver Guide

Texas Learners Permit
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Texas provides miles and miles of open road, it’s no wonder a teen can’t wait to start driving! Before they can, teens need to apply and pass Texas learner’s permit requirements. This post will share what items teens need to present and how the steps required for earning their license.

Get a Texas Learner’s Permit

Texas requires first-time drivers apply for their permit in person at Texas DPS offices.

Prove, bring, and/or show the following during application:

  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Proof of ID (social security number and birth certificate)
  • Proof of residency (utility bill, registration, pay stub, insurance)
  • Verification of Enrollment and Attendance or HS diploma or GED
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964 or DE-964E)
  • Classroom Instructor Education Affidavit (DL-90A)

You will then take a multiple-choice written test if it’s not included in your driver’s education. Then, pay the $16 learner’s permit fee to finalize the application.

About the Driver Education or Driving Training Certificate

Texas teens must show they’ve taken and passed a state-approved driver education course. This 32-hour course educates the rules of the road and safe driving. Courses are available at accredited locations or through online providers.

At the DMV: Bring These, Prepare for This

Bring all the following:

  • Proof of ID
  • Proof of residency
  • DE-964 or DE-964E form

At the DMV, teens will need to:

  1. Fill-out the Application for Driver License or Identification (DL-14A) form
  2. Pass the written test
  3. Pay the DMV application fee for the permit
  4. Get a picture and thumbprint taken
  5. Receive the learner’s permit

A $16 application fee is paid (cash, check, card, money order) at time of application. Teens may retake the written test, following a short waiting period between takes. If everything goes well the teen will receive their permit and begin driving (with adult supervision, of course).

Getting Behind-the-Wheel Experience

Texas teens are permitted to drive with a licensed driver (21+). This behind-the-wheel experience lasts 6-months before the teen may apply for their provisional license.

Getting Your Provisional Driver’s License

First-time drivers showing responsibility and patience for 6-months may move on to their provisional license. This intermediate license gives more driving freedom and flexibility.

Getting a provisional license requires a road test at the local Texas DMV office and a few other requirements.

Ready for the next step? Click to go to our Texas Teen License Guide.