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.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: Take the DMV Practice Test
Getting a new drivers license in Texas is easy when you are prepared. Arrive at a DMV location ready to pass their tests with flying colors by taking this practice test.
3: Via a local DOT office
If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. 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 local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
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.
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:
- Proof of identity
- Proof of lawful presence
- Proof of Social Security
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
- 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.
- How to get your Texas Learners Permit
- Find out more about Texas Drivers Education
- Take a Practice Test