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The Guide for First Time DL/ID Applicants (DL-100E) is designed as a visual aid to guide you through the Driver License (DL) and Identification (ID) card application process.
You may use our interactive REAL ID Document Check Application to assist in preparing you for your Driver License Office Visit. Just follow the steps, and at the end, you will have a customized checklist of the documents to bring for your visit.
The Department issues driver licenses valid for up to six years to Texas residents 18 years of age and older. The Texas Driver’s Handbook is available online to help you qualify for a Texas driver license. You will need to provide proof of the following to apply for a driver license:
*If you do not own a vehicle, you will sign a statement affirming this.
Additionally, you will need to provide evidence of completion of:
Once you have gathered the necessary documents and completed the required courses, you will need to do the following:
The following applicants have additional requirements. Select below for more information:
New residents who have recently moved to Texas and hold a valid, unexpired driver license from another state or country should read the information found on our New Texas Residents page.
Individuals under 18 years of age applying for a Texas driver license must meet additional requirements. For more information, visit the Teen Drivers page.
Temporary visitors and foreign students applying for a Texas driver license must meet additional requirements. For more information, visit the U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Presence Requirement page.
For motorcycle applicants, visit our Motorcycle License page for more information on obtaining a Class M license.
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.
For information on the Address Confidentiality Program, visit the Address Confidentiality Program page.
Once your driver license has been issued, you will receive a temporary driver license. Before leaving the driver license office, review the printed information on your temporary driver license for accuracy. If any of the information is incorrect, notify the license and permit specialist. Your new card will arrive in the mail in approximately 2 – 3 weeks. To check the mailing status of your card, visit our mailing status web page.
Note: If you hold an identification card, you are no longer eligible to apply for a driver license unless you surrender your identification card at the time of application.