Drivers Permits in Texas
Texas offers instruction permits for drivers who are still learning the basic skills. You must have an instruction permit before you become eligible for an official driver's license.
When you turn 15 in Texas, you can apply for your instruction permit. You'll apply for the permit at your local driver license office. You'll need to bring the following:
- Certified birth certificate or other acceptable proof of identity.
- Two proofs of Texas residency. One of the documents must prove that you've lived in Texas for a minimum of 30 days.
- Social Security card or other supporting document such as school records.
- Completion certificate for the classroom portion of an approved driver's education course.
- Completed attendance verification form from your school.
- Proof of insurance if you own a vehicle.
- Signature of a parent or guardian.
You'll need to pass a vision screening and written exam. Study for the written exam using the Texas Driving Manual then hone your skills with DMV.org's online practice tests. You'll be ready for the real exam in no time.
The fee for the instruction permit is $5. It will expire one year after your next birthday.
You'll need to continue with driver's education, completing both the classroom and driving portions of the course, and once you turn 16 and have held the permit for a minimum of six months without any violations, suspensions, or accidents, you can apply for the next phase of your graduated license.
Instruction Permits for Drivers Over 18
If you're younger than 25 you must complete a state-approved driver education course to obtain a permit.
Instruction Permit Restrictions
The instruction permit carries certain restrictions with it. You must have a licensed driver 21 years or older sitting in the front seat next to you at all times.
If you lose your permit, you'll need to apply for a replacement through your local driver license office. The fee for a duplicate permit is $10.
All drivers under the age of 18 must renew their permits in person at their local driver license office.
Drivers 18 or older may renew:
- In person
- Online, if eligible
- By phone, if eligible; call (866) 357-3639
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