How to apply for a Texas Driver License

The Department issues driver licenses valid for up to six years to Texas residents. The Texas Driver’s Handbook is available online to help you qualify for a Texas driver license. You will need to provide proof of the following to apply for a driver license:

  • U.S. Citizenship or, if you are not a U.S. Citizen, evidence of lawful presence
  • Texas Residency
  • Identity, and
  • Social Security Number
  • Ages 18-24: Must provide an ADE-1317 Certificate of Completion for a 6 Hour Adult Drivers Education Course.
  • Ages 18-24: Must provide an ADE-1317 Certificate of Completion to skip the Knowledge/Written Test.

Once you have gathered the necessary documents and completed the required courses, you will need to do the following:

  • Complete the driver license application before arriving at your local office. (This form is also available at all driver license offices.)
  • Visit your local driver license office. You may be able to get in-line before arriving. Locate the office nearest you.
  • Provide the following documentation to the customer service representative:
  • Application for the issuance of a driver license.
  • U.S. Citizenship or, if you are not a U.S. Citizen, evidence of lawful presence
  • Texas Residency
  • Identity, and
  • Social Security Number
  • Pass Vision Exam.
  • Provide your thumbprint.
  • Have your picture taken.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Take and pass the knowledge and driving tests. You may complete the testing requirements at the DL office or through a Third Party provider. Read about testing in other languages and driving test requirements.

Need to contact the Texas Deparment Of Public Safety?
Call 512-424-2000 (Austin Headquarters)
or 512-424-2600 (Driver License Customer Service)

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