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Learner's Permit Checklist in Texas

How to Get Your Texas Learner's Permit

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Bring to the Texas DMV:

  • Proof of identity*; either:
    • 1 document from the Primary list
    • 2 documents from the Secondary list
    • OR
    • 1 document from the Secondary list and 2 documents from the Supporting list
  • Proof of your Social Security number (e.g. Social Security card)
  • Proof of Texas residency*
  • A completed Verification of Enrollment and Attendance form
  • A completed Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card (Form DL-14A)
  • Proof of completion* for your classroom portion of Driver's Ed
    • Provided by your instructor OR included in the parent-taught driver education packet
  • Payment for the $16 permit fee

*See below for a list of acceptable documents

At the DMV...

  • Submit the required documents listed above
  • Pass your written knowledge exam
  • Pass a vision test
  • Pay the $16 permit fee

List of Acceptable Documents

Proof of Identity

Primary Proof of Identity

  • Unexpired U.S. passport or passport card
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship
  • U.S. Citizen Identification Card ( I-179 or I-197)
  • Permanent Resident Card ( I-551)
  • Temporary Resident Identification Card ( I-668)

Secondary Proof of Identity

  • Original or certified U.S. birth certificate
  • Certificate of Report of Birth Abroad ( DS-1350 or FS-545)
  • Consular Report of Birth ( FS-240)
  • Court order certifying a name or gender change

Supporting Proof of Identity

  • Social Security card
  • Voter registration card
  • School records, report cards, or transcripts
  • Form W-2 or 1099
  • Immunization records
  • Tribal membership card

Proof of Residency

  • Current school report card or transcript
  • Medical or health insurance card
  • Rental or mortgage bill or agreement*
  • Vehicle or boat registration or title*
  • Current Texas voter registration card*
  • Homeowners or renters insurance policy*
  • W-2 or 1099 form
  • Current mail from a financial or banking institution
  • Current mail from a state, city, or federal agency

* Your parents may bring these items as proof of your family's residency

Proof of Driver Education Completion

  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (Form DE-964)
  • Classroom Instruction Driver Education Affidavit (Form DL-90A)
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (Form DE-964E)

For a complete list, please visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website.

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