Texas Drivers License Rules
Getting Your License
Complete the classroom course, behind-the-wheel training, and road test.
Ages 16 to 17 Road Test Qualifications:
- Must have a valid permit for a minimum of 6 months
- Must have completed 32 hours of classroom and 14 hours of behind-the-wheel
- Must have a DE-964 (Commercial Driving School) and/or PT-964 (Parent Taught) certificate
- Must watch a two-hour video: Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) within 90 days of the driving test date. After watching the ITTD, you need to print a certificate of completion and submit the certificate to our driving school.
Ages 18 to Adult Road Test Qualifications:
- Must have a valid permit
- Must have completed 6 hours of classroom (ages 18-24) and have an ADE-1317 (Adult Driver Education Course) completion certificate.
- Watch a 1-hour video: Impact Texas Young Drivers (ITYD) within 90 days of the driving test date. After watching the ITTD, you need to print a certificate of completion and submit the certificate to our driving school.
After completion of the road test, you will be given a sealed envelope to take the DPS to get your driver's license. If you fail the test, you must wait 24-hours before rescheduling your next test. There will be no additional charge to retest.
Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program
Improve your driving skills over time in lower-risk environments.
Phase One (Learner License): Individuals who are under 18 years of age must hold a valid learner license or a minor restricted driver license for a minimum of six months prior to the issuance of a provisional Class A, B, or C driver license. Under the GDL program, there is not a minimum time a person must hold a restricted motorcycle or moped license before he/she can apply for a Class M license. Individuals transferring/presenting a valid out-of-state learner license but not able to provide proof of successfully completing a teen driver education course, will be issued a Texas learner license. This Texas learner license must be held for 6 months or until the age of 18 whichever comes first, regardless of previous time learner license held in another state. If a learner license is suspended during Phase One, the initial six-month period increases by the number of days of the suspension because the license is invalid during that time. NOTE: Phase One does not apply to Class M or MRDL holders.
Phase Two (Provisional License): Individuals who have held a valid learner license or hardship license for a minimum of six months, reached the age of 16, and completed both the classroom and behind-the-wheel portions of driver education are eligible to take the driving test for their provisional license and "graduate" to Phase Two of the Graduated Driver License Program. Upon passing the driving test the minor may be issued a provisional license. These individuals may not drive a motor vehicle with more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21 who is not a family member or between midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the driver to work, to attend or participate in a school-related activity, or due to a medical emergency. Individuals who are under 18 years of age are restricted from using a wireless communication device, including a hands-free device, until they reach the age of 18, except in the case of an emergency.