How do I apply for a new TX drivers license if I am 18 or older? Texas

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As an adult applying for your first Texas drivers license, you don’t have to go through the state’s graduated driver license (GDL) program. This means you can skip drivers education, you don’t have to show proof of school enrollment or attendance, and you don’t have to hold any kind of learners permit for a certain period of time before taking your drivers license test.

Drivers License Requirements for Adult Applicants

You do, however, have to visit your local TX DPS location and:

  1. Complete a driver license application. (You can save some time by downloading this form from the DPS Web site and completing it at home.)
  2. Provide proof of identity and your Social Security number.
  3. Pay all applicable fees. (Texas charges $24, unless you’re 85 or older, in which case you’ll pay $8.)
  4. Pass the written test.
  5. Pass the vision test.
  6. Pass the driving test.* (You must provide your own vehicle as well as show proof of registration and proof of insurance for that vehicle.)
Assuming you pass all the tests, you’ll have your photo (included on your license) and thumbprint (not included on your license) taken and the DPS will give you a receipt that acts as your license until your real license arrives in the mail, usually within 60 days.

* Written exams are usually given on a walk-in basis, but your DPS location might require appointments for driving tests. To make the most of your time, call ahead and ask about appointments and whether you can take the written and driving tests on the same day.

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