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Requirements

Make sure these steps are completed before you apply for your license:

  • Have your learner’s permit for 6 months
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete Driver Education (This course!) and your driving hours
  • Complete the free “Impact Texas Teen Drivers” course within 90 days of your driving test

If you meet the above requirements, schedule an appointment online.

Where

To get your Provisional Driver License license you’ll need to go to your local DPS office.

Cost

A Provisional Driver License costs $16, this fee is paid to the DPS not ParentTaught.com. You can pay with a money order, cash, credit, or check.

What To Bring

When you are ready to apply for a provisional driver license and have completed all the learner license requirements, you will need to visit a driver license office and provide additional documentation.

  • DE-964 Provisional Driver License Certificate (Printed in Color)
  • The person who is your officially designated instructor (they need to physically come with you)
  • Your Parent/Legal Guardian (they need to physically come with you)
    • This is most likely the same person as your designated instructor
  • Your Learner’s Permit
  • Proof of PTDE Program Guide Packet Purchase
    • The first page of your PTDE Program Guide Packet.
    • If you can’t find the packet or lost the receipt go to the TDLR website to find it again. If you still can’t get it to work you need to call the TDLR at 800-803-9202.
  • Application for an Original Texas Driver License
    • Form DL-14B if you are under 17 years and 10 months of age.
    • Form DL-14A if you are above 17 years and 10 months of age.
    • Complete the driver license application before arriving for your appointment. (This form is also available at all driver license offices)
    • Do not sign until at the DPS and instructed to do so!
  • 14 Hour Behind-The-Wheel Instruction Log
    • This denotes the time spent with your Designed Instructor
  • 30 Hour Driving Log
    • Found on Page 12 of your PTDE Program Guide Packet
  • Proof of Texas residency
  • Proof of identity and lawful US presence
    • US Passport, or US certificate of citizenship (full list)
    • OR
    • Birth certificate AND Social Security Card AND Report Card/Immunization Record/School ID
  • A Car (for your driving test), it also needs to have
    • Proof of Car Insurance
      • For the car you’re taking the driving test in, your name is NOT required to be on the insurance.
    • A Current Registration Sticker
    • Two License Plates (one in the front and one in the back)
  • Glasses or Contacts
    • Only if you are required to wear them while driving
  • Driving Shoes
    • No flip flops or heels
  • Social Security Card
    • Originals only, no copies allowed
  • Verification of Enrollment (VOE)
  • $16 Provisional Driver License Fee
  • Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) Program Certificate of Completion
  • Bring a parent or legal guardian or bring the notarized application signed by the parent or guardian and visit your local driver license office. Visit Driver License Services – Appointments to make an appointment at a driver license office. 
  • Evidence of lawful presence, if you are not a U.S. Citizen
  • Proof of Identity
  • Evidence of successfully passing the driving test (if you took the driving test at a driver training school, the results must be provided by the school in a sealed envelope and provided to DPS at the time you are applying for your license)
  • If the DPS says you need another form (for example, forms DL-90A, DL-90B, or DL-91A), please email TPSTprogram@dps.texas.gov with the full name of your child, the DPS location and the issue you are having. These forms have been phased out. Please note: We cannot resolve issues with your local DPS office.

You may complete the driving test requirements at the DL office or through a Third Party provider. Read about testing in other languages and driving test requirements.

After you get your Driver License

Once your driver license has been issued, you will receive a temporary driver license. Before leaving the driver license office, review the printed information on your temporary driver license for accuracy. If any of the information is incorrect, notify the License and Permit Specialist. Your new card will arrive in the mail in approximately 2 – 3 weeks. To check the mailing status of your card, visit the DPS mailing status web page.

You are eligible to renew your driver license up to 30 days prior to the expiration date, which will occur on your 18th birthday. You are eligible to renew online by visiting https://www.dps.texas.gov/driver. The cost is the same as renewing at a driver license office. If you choose to renew in person before you turn 18, you will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you renew in person after your 18th birthday, you will no longer need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; however, you must make alternate transportation arrangements to visit your local driver license office, as it is a violation of state law to operate a motor vehicle with an expired driver license.

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