Learner's Permit Checklist in Texas

Learner's Permit Checklist

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)

Secondary Proof of Identity

  • Original or certified U.S. birth certificate
  • 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)
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (Form DE-964E)
  • All forms required if you participated in Parent Taught Driver's Education.

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


Consular Report of Birth Abroad
Proof of identity document for U.S. citizens born abroad. Must request from the U.S. Department of State. Not available online.
Permanent Resident Card
Form used in conjunction with your visa to establish temporary OR permanent residence in the U.S. Only available from the United States Citizen and Immigration Services. Not available online.
I-179 or I-197
U.S. Citizen Identification Card
Driver Education Certificate
Submit this certificate to DPS after completing an approved teen driver education course as part of applying for your Texas driver's license. Must be obtained from your driver education provider. Not available online.
Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card
Application for a Texas driver's license OR identification card.
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