• Drivers Over 18

Texas New Drivers 18+

For Texas residents that are 18 years and older and applying for a Texas driver’s license for the first time, there are guidelines that you will have to follow.  While drivers the age of 18 years and older do have less requirements then the teen drivers, they still must follow the state specific rules in Texas to obtain their Texas driver’s license.  4dmv.com has compiled this useful guide to help all first time drivers 18 years and older to obtain their Texas driver’s license and to begin experience the freedom of driving.

Driver’s Licenses:

First, the first time driver must choose which type of license they wish to apply for.  In the state of Texas, the motorist will have the choice of the following driver’s licenses:

Class A.  A Class A Texas license is for all motorists that are operating non-commercial combination vehicle which weighs more than 26,000 pounds. 

Class B.  A Class B Texas driver’s license is for all motorists that will be operating a non-commercial vehicle which weighs more than 26,000 pound.  For motorists operating a motor home on the Texas highways and roads they are likely to obtain a Class B driver’s license.

Class C.  A Class C driver’s license if valid for operating most cars on the Texas public highways and roads.

Class M.  A Class M driver’s license is for all Texas motorists that are operating a motorcycle or moped on the Texas highways and roads.

Commercial CDL, A, B and C.  A Commercial CDL A, B and C are for all those motorists that will be operating a commercial vehicle on the Texas highways and roads.  For more information on Commercial licenses, visit 4dmv.com’s Commercial Driver’s License Section.

For any applicants that are under the age of 18 they there are different guidelines that must be followed.  For more information visit 4dmv.com’s Teen Driver Section.

Driver’s Education Requirements

  • For all first time drivers that are under the age of 18 years a driver’s education course is mandatory. 
  • For all first time drivers that are 18 years of age through 24 years old they must complete and pass an adult driver education program and must show proof of completing the course.
  • Although a driver education course is not required for applicants that are 18 and older it is recommended. 

Texas Drivers Preparation Course

4dmv.com has paired with our sponsor, I Drive Safely  to bring you the extra preparation you need to understand the rules of the Texas public highways and roads.  The driver’s preparation course is designed to give you the added education that you need in order to successfully pass your driving test.  The course is a one hour course and is a condensed version of the applicant’s driver’s education program.  What You Will Need To Apply for Your Texas Driver’s License

Show proof of your identity.  For a list of acceptable forms of proof of identity visit Identification Requirements for a Texas Driver License or Identification Card

Show your Social Security card or proof of your Social Security number.

Show proof that your Texas vehicle, should you own a vehicle, is registered and that you have the required amount of liability insurance required in the State of Texas.

Complete the required application forms which can be found at your local driver license office.

Pay all required fees.  For a list of fees visit Driver License Division Fees

Pass the tests which are the written, driving a vision tests administered by the state through your local Driver License office.  For the driving portion of the exam the applicant will need to provide the motor vehicle for testing.

Each application requires a photograph and a thumbprint to be taken.

Take the Written Test

After you have studied the Texas Drivers Handbook which can found online.  you will be ready to take the written portion of you driving exam. As well as your vision exam.  Your Driver License office will administer the test orally upon request. 

Take the Driving Test

In order to take the road portion of you testing you will need to have a vehicle of your own.  At the time you take your driving portion of the state exam, you will also be required to show proof of liability insurance on the vehicle.  You will also need:

  • Show proof of you driver education program if applicable
  • Bring your driver’s permit if applicable
  • Show your Social Security card or proof of your social Security number

If you are a resident that recently relocated to the state of Texas then and have a valid driver’s license issued by your previous state, then you are not required to take the road test.  However, your license must be valid in order to bypass the road test.

If you Fail Your Driving Text

Should you fail your driving test, your examiner will discuss with you what skills you are lacking.  You will have the option of returning for another attempt, once you have developed the necessary skills.

Once You Pass Your Driving Test

Once you pass the driving portion of your testing, you can then pay the required fees if you did not during the application process and will then have your photo and fingerprints taken.  You will be issued a receipt which serves as your temporary Texas driver’s license.   Your permanent license will be mailed to you within three weeks. 

Non-Citizens

If you are a non-citizen visiting the state of Texas and between the ages of 18 - 75 with a valid driver’s license from the country that you are visiting from, you are allowed to drive in the state of Texas for up to one year.  For more information contact the Department of Public Safety at 512-424-2600.

You must have in your possession your valid driver’s license while driving.

You may also obtain an IDP- international Driver Permit which is suggested.  The permit is issued by your country and translates your licensed so that U.S officials can easily understand your license.  Should you be considering renting a car while you are visiting Texas,  many car agencies require an IDP in addition to your country’s driver’s license.

Should you decide to stay in Texas and become a permanent resident, you will need to apply for a Texas state driver’s license within 90 days of establishing your residency.  For a list of documentation that you will be required to submit to your Driver License office visit Identification Requirements for a Texas Driver License or Identification Card 


 

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