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Thursday, August 19, 2010

How to Get a Texas Driver's License

Nowadays in Texas, driver's licenses are used for more than proving proff that one is capable of driving, but also as a primary source of a citizen's identification. Meaning that the process of getting a Texas Driver's License entails several requirements that need to be presented and a process that needs to be undergone.

First off, an applicant must know what kind of license he/she is applying for. The first classification is an instructional permit. This is for first-time drivers as young as 15 years old to be able to legally operate a vehicle, if accompanied by someone who is at least 21 years old. This is the first step that drivers need to take before they could apply for their license. This type of driving permit entails a period of in-car training.

The second type is a provisional license. This is almost the same as an instructional permit, for drivers who are under 18 years old. It can be renewed annually, and is valid for up to 6 years. As part of the Texas GDL program, the provisional license removes several restrictions, but is still not a full unrestricted license.

The third kind is a classified/commercial driver's license (Texas CDL License). This is for drivers who are going to be driving commercial vehicles that need a CDL license.

Here are the steps to getting a Texas Driver's License:

  • Gather the necessary requirements: 1 primary form of identification, and one secondary + two supporting documents or two supporting documents of identification, proof of residency, social security number, medical status/history, and any valid out-of-state driver's license (if any) and money for the fees.

  • Fill out the application form from the nearest Driver's License Office. This step must be done in person.

  • Taking a scheduled Texas driver's license test. Applicants of the ages 15-18 are exempt from this examination if they can provide a Texas Drivers Education Certificate. This consists of a knowledge test, a vision test, and then followed by a driving skills test.

After these steps, a driver will legally be able to operate a vehicle in Texas. Always drive carefully, and take note of restriction changes that might affect how a certain classification of license may change in restrictions.

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