Obtaining A New Texas Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Texas? We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

If you're applying for a new Texas driver license, the first thing you should do is generate and download your driver's license form and checklist. These documents can help save you time in the event that you need to visit the DMV office in person. To apply for a new Texas driver's license, you have to apply in person.

 Download your forms and make an appointment at a nearby driver license office.

To Apply For A New Texas Drivers License In Person

There are three types of documents that are needed when applying for a new Texas drivers license. Along with the new Texas drivers license form, the driver needs:

Bring all the necessary new Texas drivers license information to the DMV office. Examples of the documents are listed below.

Proof Of Identity:

  • Texas driver license
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. Citizenship certificate
  • Certificate of naturalization

Proof Of Lawful Presence:

  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate
  • Original or certified copy of court order with name and date of birth

Proof Of Social Security:

  • Social Security card
  • W-2 Forms
  • 1099 Form
  • Driver license issued by another U.S. state

For a complete checklist of the required documentation Click Here

In addition, the driver will need proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance on all the vehicles.

Additional Information To Apply For A New Texas Driver License

If the driver is older than 85, the new license is valid for a maximum of two years. Every two years, the driver must complete the requirements for a new Texas drivers license for safety reasons.

The driver must:

  • Be fingerprinted and photographed
  • Provide signature at the time of application
  • Pass written knowledge test to prove that the driver knows the drivers license information
  • Pass vision exam, which is on the drivers license checklist
  • Take the driving test with his or her own vehicle
  • Provide proof of registration and insurance at the time of test

The required fee can be paid with the following:

  • Credit card
  • Cash
  • Money order
  • Non-temporary check

If a driver is between the ages of 18-24 and does not have a valid drivers license from any other state or country, then proof of adult driver education must be shown. Once the fees are paid, and all the required new Texas drivers license forms are accepted and accounted for, the driver will get a temporary receipt.

The driver needs to check the receipt to make sure all the new Texas drivers license information is correct. This will be their temporary drivers license until the official new Texas drivers license comes in the mail. 

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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