Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Teen License in Texas

*This requirements list was updated on October 1, 2012 to reflect new requirements from the state of Texas

If you are under the age of 18 and ready to get your license there are several steps that you will need to complete on the road to becoming a licensed driver. Here at I DRIVE SAFELY we get a lot of questions about the requirements for a provisional license in the state of Texas so we’ve put together this helpful list of steps you will need to take. If you would like to save or print a copy of this list, there is a link to a PDF version at the bottom.

STEP 1. Make Sure Your Parent or Guardian Is Registered for the Parent-Taught Driver Education Program

  • Download the DL-92 Request Form
  • Mail the completed form to the Texas Department of Public Safety with a $20 check or money to:

Texas DPS – License Issuance Bureau
P.O. Box 149246
Austin, Texas 78714-9246

  • The Parent-Taught Driver Education Packet from the Texas DPS will arrive within 2-3 weeks notifying you that your Parent/Guardian has been approved

STEP 2. Begin Your I Drive Safely Texas Drivers Education Course

  • Once you complete the first 6 hours of the course, you will receive a 6-hour Permit Qualification Certifcate (DE-964E) from I DRIVE SAFELY via postal mail. At this point you should wait to continue with the course until you complete Step 3 below
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STEP 3. Go to Your Local DPS Office to Take Your Texas Permit Exam and Vision Test, and Receive Your Learner’s Permit!

Bring the following documents with you to your written permit exam:

  • 6-hour Permit Qualification Certificate (DE-964E)
  • Proof of identity, such as a birth certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Completed forms from the Parent-Taught Driver Education Packet: Application for TX driver’s license (DL-14A), Parental Driver Education Affidavit (DL-90A), Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form and Classroom Instruction Record (DL-91A) for PTDE
  • Proof of vehicle registration and insurance
  • $16 permit fee

You have 3 opportunities and/or 90 days to successfully pass these tests

STEP 4. Continue Your Parent-Taught Drivers Ed Course and Start Your Instruction Behind-The-Wheel.

You must continue with your I DRIVE SAFELY course for your permit to remain valid.

  • Fill out training logs provided in the DPS Parent-Taught Education Packet as you complete your behind-the-wheel training.
  • The logs document the amount of time the student spends in training. NOTE: you must complete 20 Hours of documented behind-the-wheel training; 10 of those hours must be at night

STEP 5. Complete Your I Drive Safely Course

  • Once you successfully complete the course, you will automatically receive your Certificate of Completion via the shipping option you chose.

STEP 6. Take Your Driving Exam at the DPS

You must hold your learner’s permit for a minimum of 6 months before you can take your dirving exam and get your driver’s license.

You will need to bring the following documents:

  • Learner’s permit
  • I DRIVE SAFELY Certificate of Completion
  • Classroom and behind-the-wheel training logs (DL-91a and DL-91b)
  • Parental Driver Education Affidavit (DL-90a)
  • Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE)
  • Proof of vehicle registration and insurance
  • $16 provisional license fee

If you would like to print or save a copy of this list, please view the PDF.


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