Texas Parent-Taught Driver Education

Driver License Requirements

License Requirements

You must:

  1. Be at least 16 years old
  2. Reside in Texas for at least 30 days prior to application
  3. Have held a valid learner license for six months
  4. Have completed a driver education course
  5. Have completed the FREE Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) requirement.
    1. Effective September 1, 2015, individuals taking a teen driver education course are required to complete the ITTD requirement before they will be eligible to take the driving skills exam.
    2. Please Note: Your ITTD Certificate of Completion is only valid for 90 days. If you do not pass the driving skills exam within 90 days of the date on the ITTD certificate, you must restart the ITTD program and take the driving skills exam again.

At the DPS Driver License Office

You must:

  1. Pay the required fee.
  2. Present original acceptable proof of Social Security Number:
    1. Social Security Card, or
    2. Social Security Affidavit DL-13 (available at the Driver License Office)
  3. Present proof of residency. To meet the residency requirements, you must:
    1. Reside in Texas for at least 30 days prior to application
    2. Present two acceptable documents establishing proof of residency, one of which must demonstrate the applicant has lived in Texas at least 30 days (See examples). If you cannot provide two acceptable residency documents, you must submit the Texas Residency Affidavit.
    3. The 30 day requirement will be waived for applicants who surrender a valid, unexpired out-of-state driver license, but two documents establishing proof of residency are still required.
  4. Present original acceptable proof of identity such as your Birth Certificate and School ID Card. If neither of these are available, you can see other examples here.
  5. Present your Verification of School Enrollment and Attendance (VOE). This comes from your school and must be signed by the school administrator or his/her designee. A VOE is not required if the student has their high school diploma or GED certificate and has graduated.
  6. Present your learner license.
  7. Present your Texas Parent Taught Driver Education Completion Certificate (DE-964). This comes from us, after you have completed the entire course.
  8. Present your 30 hour driving log. You'll find this log in your Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide. You must complete this log as you complete instruction. DPS officials may ask to review your driving logs at any time.
  9. Present your Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) Certificate. The ITTD course must be completed before you apply for your provisional license. Visit the DPS website here to complete this requirement.
  10. Present your Texas Driver License Application. Visit the DPS website to print the most current version or pick one up at your local driver license office.
  11. Present your insurance card. You must have current proof of liability insurance for the vehicle you will use for the drive test.
  12. Present your vehicle registration and inspection sticker for the vehicle you will use for the drive test.
  13. Take and pass the drive test. You must do this within 90 days of the date on your ITTD Certificate of Completion.

The following applicants must present additional documentation as follows:

  1. If there has been a CHANGE in the applicant's U.S. citizenship, he or she must present a BIRTH CERTIFICATE issued by the appropriate state.
  2. If the applicant is a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States, he or she must present a valid U.S Dept. of State "Immigrant Visa" or a valid U.S. Resident Alien Card (Form I-551).
  3. If the applicant is a refugee or asylee, he or she must provide proof of this status.
  4. If the applicant is not a citizen and is not a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. he or she must present valid documentation issued by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, U.S. Dept. of State, U.S. Homeland Security or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that shows Lawful Temporary Admission to the U.S.

Note: The teen’s parent or legal guardian must be present when the teen applies for a driver license at the Driver License Office. If the teen’s parent, legal guardian, or a judge of a court with jurisdiction over the teen designated another adult to instruct the teen in the Parent Taught Driver Education course, that designated instructor must also be present when the teen applies for a driver license and the teen must submit a Parent Designation Form (this form can be found in the Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide).

Your first driver license will be marked "provisional." Your provisional license expires on your birth date starting after the date you received it until you are 18.You face certain driving restrictions during this phase. For the first twelve months after receiving your provisional license you may NOT:

  1. Drive with more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21 who is not a family member.
  2. Drive between the hours 12:00AM (midnight) and 5:00AM, unless it is necessary for you to drive to work or a school-related activity, or because of a medical emergency.
  3. Drive while using a wireless device except in the event of an emergency.

After the first six months of the provisional license, the driver may drive the vehicle without time or passenger limitations.