Getting Your License

How do I get my license?

After you receive your Certificate of Completion from Aceable, you can schedule your driving exam at your local DPS or with a local driving school that offers the test.

Taking your driving test with DPS

The DPS can book up very quickly, especially during high-volume seasons like the summer and during spring break. You should schedule your driving exam as far in advance as possible.

At the DPS, you’ll need to present your documents and come prepared to ace your vision and driving exams.

Taking your driving test with a driving school

Only a handful of driving schools are approved in the state of Texas to offer the DPS driving test. You can find those schools here.

Since DPS has recently approved some schools to offer the driving test to adults (previously, it was only for teens), please call the school to ask if they are approved to offer the test for adults yet. All of the schools on the list are approved to offer the test for teens, but all have to go through an approval process to offer the test to adults. Therefore, not every school on that list may be approved yet!

If you want to take your test with the driving school, they will charge a fee for that service.

After passing your test with the driving school, they will give you a slip of paper that contains your passing result. You will bring that slip to DPS along with all of your other required items and apply for your driver license.

 

 

What if I want a permit first?

If you’re not ready to take the driving exam and get your license, you still have options!

If you’re 18-24 years old, you can apply for a Texas permit.

If you’re 25 years old or older, you can apply for a License with B-Restriction, which is just state terminology for a permit for adults 25 years old or older.

To apply for your Texas permit as an adult or License with B-Restriction, take all of the required documents with you to the DPS. You can see that list here. You’ll also need to pay a $25 fee and pass the vision exam, but you don’t have to worry about taking the driving exam just yet. Once you have your permit or License with B-Restriction, you can practice driving with any licensed adult 21 years old or older.

When you’re ready, schedule a driving exam at your local DPS. Bring your permit and the car you’ll use for the driving exam. Your DPS will have your Aceable Certificate of Completion on file, and your permit or License with B-Restriction will also serve as proof that you completed an Adult Drivers Ed course. Click here for tips on preparing for your driving exam.

Do I need to get a permit before getting a license?

In Texas, adults who have never had a license before are not required to have a permit or to complete a minimum amount of driving hours in order to get a driver license.

What do I bring to the DPS for my license? (I don't have/need/want a permit)

Here are the essentials to bring with you:

  • DL-14A: Application for Driver License or Identification Card
  • Proof of identity and lawful US presence or citizenship: valid US passport OR your official birth certificate, social security card, and Texas ID card.  Click the link for more examples.
  • Your social security card: If you can’t find the original hardcopy card, you’ll need to order a new one. If you haven’t been issued a Social Security Number (SSN), you’ll need to fill out the Social Security Affidavit at the DPS office.
  • Proof of Texas residency (bring two): deed, mortgage statement, valid and unexpired Texas voter registration card, utility bills, etc.
  • Marriage license, divorce decree, or court ordered name change: Only if you’re using a name other than what’s on your birth certificate
  • Proof of Texas vehicle registration and financial responsibility for each vehicle that you own (ex: car insurance) OR a statement saying that you do not own a motor vehicle (items 15 and 16 in the DL-14A form) – Your name does not need to be on the car insurance
  • Certificate of Completion from Aceable: We email this to you. Your certificate will have a ‘P’ showing that you’ve already passed the written knowledge test in our course and don’t have to take it again at the DPS.
  • Your Impact Texas Drivers program certificate (expires after 90 days)
  • A vehicle that meets the requirements of the “Vehicle Assessment” section of page 2 of this DPS brochure
  • $25 Driver License Fee

*For a printable list, click here.

What do I bring to the DPS for my license? (I got a permit as an adult)

Here are the essentials to bring with you:

  • DL-43: Application for Renewal/Replacement/Change of a Texas Driver License or Identification Card
  • Your permit
  • Your Impact Texas Drivers program certificate (expires after 90 days)
  • A vehicle that meets the requirements of the “Vehicle Assessment” section of page 2 of this DPS brochure
  • $11 Driver License Fee

How do I schedule my driving test?

You can schedule your driving exam at your local DPS or with a local driving school that offers the test.

Taking your driving test with DPS

The DPS can book up very quickly, especially during high-volume seasons like the summer and during spring break. You should schedule your driving exam as far in advance as possible.

When it asks for your Texas Driver License number, you can enter your Texas ID number or permit number. This is required in order for you to confirm your appointment.

If online scheduling is available, the office listing will include a link to “Schedule a driving test online” or “Get in line online.” If your local DPS does not offer this service, it could be a long wait, so you should call them or simply go to their office, apply for your license and they will schedule you in to come back for the driving test another day.

At the DPS, you’ll need to present your documents and come prepared to ace your vision and driving exams.

Taking your driving test with a driving school

Only a handful of driving schools are approved in the state of Texas to offer the DPS driving test. You can find those schools here.

Since DPS has recently approved some schools to offer the driving test to adults (previously, it was only for teens), please call the school to ask if they are approved to offer the test for adults yet. All of the schools on the list are approved to offer the test for teens, but all have to go through an approval process to offer the test to adults. Therefore, not every school on that list may be approved yet!

If you want to take your test with the driving school, they will charge a fee for that service.

After passing your test with the driving school, they will give you a slip of paper that contains your passing result. You will bring that slip to DPS along with all of your other required items and apply for your driver license.

 

What if I fail my driving test?

If you fail the driving test, you are given three attempts to pass within 90 days before a new application fee is charged. You can go back to the DPS as early as the next day to retake the exam. 

What if I don't have a car for the driving test?

You’ve got options!

Taking your driving test with DPS

You can bring any car that meets the requirements (see page 2). Your name doesn’t have to be on the insurance. It could be your parent’s car, your friend’s car, etc. DPS will not allow rental cars though.

 

Taking your driving test with a driving school

You can bring any car that meets the requirements (see page 2). Your name doesn’t have to be on the insurance. It could be your parent’s car, your friend’s car, etc.

The driving school might have cars that you can use. We recommend calling the driving school beforehand to double-check.

 

What should I know for the driving test?

Click here for tips on preparing for your driving exam.

Am I required to do any behind-the-wheel hours?

Nope. As long as you can pass the driving test, that’s all DPS cares!

However, if you need to learn or practice driving before your driving test, we highly recommend using your certificate to get a permit. With your permit, you can legally drive as long as your front passenger is a licensed driver, aged 21 years or older, and has at least 1 year of driving experience. You don’t want to get pulled over by a cop and have no permit to show!

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