Texas Driver's License for 18 and Over

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How to Get Your Texas Driver's License

Age 18 and Over

You're probably wondering what steps you need to take if you're over the age of 18 and looking into getting your Texas driver's license. We've put all the driver's license requirements together here for you to walk you through the process and help you get on the road in no time!

Complete a Driver's Education Course

If you're wondering if you have to take Driver's Ed if you're over 18 in Texas, the answer is yes. The Texas Department of Public Safety requires first-time drivers between the ages of 18-24 to complete a 6-hour Adult Driver's Education course. The good news is you can complete this course from the comfort of your own home when you sign up to take your Adult Driver's Ed course online.

Whether you choose to complete a classroom course or an online adult driver's education course, make sure the provider you choose is approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Your online Texas Adult Driver's Ed course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to pass your driving exam at the DPS, and prepare you for the challenges you'll face behind the wheel. Topics covered will include:

  • Safe driving techniques
  • Traffic signs and signals
  • Proper emergency vehicle procedure
  • Proper use of safety restraints
  • The dangers and consequences of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Please note: While new drivers in Texas under the age of 18 are required to apply for a driver's permit, once you pass your 18th birthday this is no longer a required step toward getting your license.

Test Day Preparation

Once you've completed your TEA-approved 6-hour driver's education course, you're ready to head to your local DPS office and take your driver's license exam. It's a good idea to make an appointment that way you won't spend all day waiting in line.

The following is a list of documents you need to take with you to the DPS:

  1. Your adult driver's education Certificate of Completion to prove you have fulfilled this requirement.
  1. Documents confirming your identity including: a social security card, proof of U.S. citizenship such as a birth certificate, passport or green card, as well as proof of your Texas residency.
  2. A completed driver's license application form.
  3. Your $25 driver's license fee.
Taking Your Driver's Exam

If you hope to leave the DPS with your driver's license, you'll need to be prepared to pass the following tests the day of your appointment:

  1. The written driver's license exam
  2. A vision test
  3. A behind-the-wheel driving test

The written exam consists of 30 questions. If you completed your adult driver's education course online, you're in luck! The final exam included in your online course counts as your DPS written exam, so you can skip right to the vision and behind-the-wheel tests.

If you do need to take the written test, you should know that all of the questions are taken directly from the Texas driver's handbook. Your adult driver's education course is a valuable tool in preparing for this test as it covers all the important information you'll need to know.

You'll need a score of 70% on your written exam to pass. If you fail, you can take the test 2 more times within the same year. If you pass, you can move on to the driving test.

To take your behind-the-wheel test, you'll need to provide a vehicle for the test, along with its proof of liability insurance and valid registration. It's a good idea to spend some time practicing with a licensed adult age 21 and over before you take the behind-the-wheel test. Though driver's training is not required for new drivers age 18-24, it's highly advisable.

New Texas Residents: If you just moved to town and hold a valid driver's license from another U.S. state or territory, or from a country where Texas has a license reciprocity agreement (Canada, France, South Korea or Germany), then you are not required to take the written or behind-the-wheel driving tests. Residents from countries other than the four listed above will be required to take both tests.

Please note: While new drivers in Texas under the age of 18 are required to apply for a driver's permit, once you pass your 18th birthday this is no longer a required step toward getting your license.

Hitting the Road
  • You passed your written exam: check!
  • You passed your vision test: check!
  • You passed your behind-the-wheel test: check!

Congratulations, you're almost there! Before you leave the DPS office, you'll submit a thumbprint and have your photo taken. You'll be provided with a temporary driver's license that gives you the legal freedom to hit the road on your own. Your brand new driver's license will arrive in the mail within 2-3 weeks.

Just remember to drive safely!
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