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Apply for a Texas Driver License

The Texas Driver’s Handbook is available online to help individuals qualify for a Texas driver license.

Individuals applying for a Texas driver license must:

Teen Drivers

Individuals under 18 years of age must meet extra requirements. For more information visit the Teen Drivers page.

Foreign Students and Nonresident Visitors

To reduce the risk of identity theft, enhance security and protect the integrity of the licensing process, nonresident visitors (including students) applying for a driver license or identification card must meet certain requirements. The US Citizenship or Lawful Presence page describes the requirements for proving citizenship or lawful presence. Accepted documents may be found in the Verifying Lawful Presence Guide which also contains information for temporary visitors. In addition, a brochure (printer friendly version) listing all of the acceptable documents is available for download.

New Texas Residents

New residents who have recently moved to Texas and hold a valid, unexpired driver license from another state or country should read the information on moving to Texas.

Motorcycle and Moped Riders

For motorcycle and moped riders, read Motorcycle Licenses for more information on obtaining a Class M license.

U.S. Military Veterans

Some disabled veterans may qualify for a fee exemption on their driver license or ID card. A veteran designation for driver licenses is also available for qualifying veterans. More information about these services, including qualification requirements, is available on the Veteran Services page.

Note: DPS no longer issues both a Driver License (DL) and Identification (ID) card to an individual. Applicants holding both types of cards must surrender one at the time of transaction. Texas Transportation Code (TRC 521.183)