If you're preparing to head to your local Department of Public Safety (DPS) to get your driver's license, there are several things to have ready ahead of time. All applications must be done in person at the DPS office, and you will need to bring several documents and information with you. The application form will be available at the DPS office.
In addition to completing the application form, you will need to provide:
Anyone under the age of 25 must successfully complete an approved driver education course, such as our online adult driver ed course. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion that you must take with you when you apply.
All students planning to take their driver's exam who are 16 or 17 years old must bring a certificate of completion of the Texas Impact Teen Driver (ITTD) course. This two-hour long course is free of charge, but the certificate is only valid for 90 days. For more information, visit our ITTD page.
To receive a Texas driver license, you must pass three tests.
Also known as the Written Test, this test measures knowledge of the rules of the road as laid out in the driver's handbook. Successfully completing a Driver Education course exempts you from this test.
A basic vision test will be performed at the DPS office. You may attempt to pass the vision test without corrective lenses if you wear them normally, but you may be told they are necessary for you to drive if you need them to pass the vision test. If that is the case, you will not be allowed to legally drive without corrective lenses.
The final part of your driver license application is the driving test, where you will drive your vehicle with a customer service representative from DPS in the passenger seat. Make sure your car has passed a Texas inspection and is legal. The CSR will give you instructions to follow. See our page explaining the details of the driving test for more information.
If you pass the driving test, you will be given your Texas driver's license.
Quick answers to the most common Texas driver education questions.
How will I get my certificate?
You will get your certificate mailed to you within 7-15 business days.
Are there any fees?
No, there are no additional charges.
Do I have to take the course in one sitting?
No, you can log on and off as needed to complete.
Do I have to take a written exam?
No, you will not need to complete a written test if you successfully complete this online course and submit proof of completion to the DPS.