This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Texas
GDL Phase One and Phase Two driving requirements only apply to minors. If you are older than 18, you’ll apply for a Classified Driver License that bears no restrictions.
GDL Phase One
Teens younger than 18 years old who DON’T have a hardship license must:
- Hold a learner or hardship license for at least 6 months
- Be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age
- Maintain a valid learner license (no suspensions or revocations)
After completing this period, you can move on to Phase Two after passing a road test.
A) Make an Appointment at the TX DPS
Your last hurdle before getting your Texas drivers license is to pass a road test at a nearby TX DPS drivers license office. Look online for a nearby branch, and then call to schedule a driving test appointment.
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B) Take the Road Test
All applicants must have the following for your appointment at the TX DPS:
- A completed driver license application
- Proof of identity
- Proof of Social Security number (if you don’t have one, complete a Social Security Affidavit form during your visit)
- Proof you are a U.S. citizen or have lawful presence
- Proof you completed drivers education (including adults older than 18 required to take Adult Driver Education)
- Cash, money order or non-temporary check to pay the required fee
- Proof of Texas vehicle registration and proof of liability insurance for any vehicles you own AND for your test vehicle*
*For the driving test, you also have to provide a vehicle. A DPS agent will conduct an inspection to ensure it is safe to drive.
GDL Phase Two Applicants
After completing Phase One and turning 16, you can graduate to Phase Two to earn a provisional license. Again, you must have completed the classroom and driving portions of drivers education and held your instruction permit for at least 6 months before taking the road test.
C) Get Your Texas Driver's License
Graduated Driver License
With your provisional Class C license, you must follow these restrictions for the next 12 months:
- No driving with more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21 who is not a family member
- No driving unless you are in sight of your parent or guardian, between midnight and 5 a.m. unless you must attend or participate in a work- or school-related activity or because of a medical emergency
- No driving while using a wireless communication device (except for emergencies)
The state marks the license of anyone younger than 18 “Provisional.” It expires on your next birthday occurring after the issue date. After this, your restrictions no longer apply. You can either have them removed the next time you renew or apply for a duplicate license (and pay an extra fee).
Classified Driver License
You’ll receive a Classified Driver License (Class A, B, C) if you are 18 or older, or a Class A or B drivers license if you are 17 with completion of drivers ed and driver training or approval of minor’s hardship application.