Texas Drivers License
If you are a minor living in the State of Texas, getting your Texas drivers license involves completing a multi-step application process. Knowing which steps you need to complete can help make this process easier, faster, and much less stressful. Not only will you have the benefit of knowing which requirements need to be satisfied, but you will know what tests need to be taken so you can study in advance. Don’t start this process in the dark – be informed so that you can get your license with ease!
Texas Graduated Drivers License Program
All minors living in the State of Texas are required to complete the Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program through a state approved Texas Drivers Ed course before they can get their Texas drivers license. This course is designed to help teen drivers slowly gain skill and experience behind the wheel, over an extended period of time, so that when they are issued a non-restricted license, they can safely operate a motor vehicle on Texas highways.
Texas Learners Permit
For minors, obtaining a learners permit is the first step in the process that will eventually culminate with the issuing of a standard operator’s permit. In order to apply for a learner license, individuals must:
- Be at least 15 years old
- Have consent from a parent or legal guardian
- Completed the required classroom portion of driver’s education
- Provide proof of a Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form, high school diploma, or GED
If these criteria are satisfied, you will then take a written knowledge test covering a range of topics, including Texas traffic laws and safe driving techniques. Upon completion of this test, you will be issued a learner license, which will allow you to gain behind-the-wheel experience while supervised by a licensed adult of at least 21 years of age. This is your first step to getting your Texas drivers license.
Minor Restricted Drivers License (MRDL)
Commonly referred to as a “hardship license,” the MRDL is similar to the learner license, except it is issued to individuals who have a qualifying hardship. Acceptable hardships, which would make it necessary for a minor to drive a motor vehicle, include:
- Economic hardship
- Death-related emergencies
- Sickness, illness, or disability in the family
- Enrollment in a vocational education program
If you are unsure whether or not you are eligible for a Minor Restricted Driver License, contact the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Texas Provisional License
Once a minor turns 16 years old, he or she can apply for a Texas drivers license. However, until the applicant turns 18 years old, a provisional driver license will be issued. Though similar to a standard operator’s permit, the provisional license includes some restrictions. These restrictions include:
- Individuals may not drive with more than one passenger under the age of 21
- Individuals may not use a wireless communication device, except in the case of emergencies
When the driver reaches 18 years of age, the provisional license will expire and a non-restricted license will be issued.