Getting Your Permit FAQs

When can I apply for my Learner’s Permit?

What do I need to bring with me to get my Learner’s Permit?

Is it necessary for me to get a learners permit?

I got my permit! What’s next?

What is the process for completing my Behind the Wheel Hours? 

 

When can I apply for my Learner’s Permit?

To apply for your learner’s permit, you must:

  • ● Be at least 15 years old
  • ● Have completed the first 6 hours of your drivers ed course
  • ● Have passed the DPS Written Exam included in your course - once you pass this, you’ll earn a 6-Hour Permit Qualification Certificate (DE-946)

 

What do I need to bring with me to get my Learner’s Permit?

Here’s a handy checklist of everything you’ll need to bring with you when you go to get your permit at the DPS. You can download this in a PDF form here.

  • ● Your mandatory Parent Taught Drivers Ed Program Guide from the TDLR. Be sure to bring:
    • ○ A printed copy of the PTDE Program Guide Receipt Page - it’s just the front page of your Program Guide from the TDLR. Texas Residency Affidavit.
    • ○ Lost a form? Download a copy of your packet here.
  • ● Your 6-hour Permit Qualification Certificate (DE-964)
  • ● A Verification of Enrollment Form
  • ● Proof of Student’s Identity & Lawful Presence. For this, you can either provide:
    • ○ Texas ID, US Passport, or US Citizenship Certificate or
    • ○ Original Birth Certificate, and your original social security card, and one of the following items: Report Card, Photo ID Card, Immunization Records, Medicare/Medicaid Card
  • ● Your Social Security Card - copies are not accepted
  • ● Proof of Texas Residency - this will be confirmed by your parent or legal guardian at the DPS. They will need to bring two of the following: Mortgage Statement, Utility Bills, Bank/Card Statements, Deed, Report Card, W-2, or Auto Insurance.
  • ● $16 Learner License Application Fee
  • ● The parent instructor that you registered online through the TDLR.


At the DPS, you will fill out an Application for Driver License, or Identification card (DL-14A).

 

 

Is it necessary for me to get a learners permit?

If you are completing Texas Parent Taught Drivers Ed, you must get a permit before you begin your Behind The Wheel hours.

 

 

I got my permit! What’s next?

After you get your permit, you can begin your Behind the Wheel Hours, as well as complete the remaining 26 hours of I Drive Safely coursework.

You must hold your permit for 6 months, and you cannot get your license before your 16th birthday.

 

 

What is the process for completing my Behind the Wheel Hours?

You can get started on the 44 required behind-the-wheel hours once you’ve received your permit at the DPS.

You must complete 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with your official parent instructor (the student will observe the parent instructor for 7 of the hours, while the parent instructor will observe the student for the other seven hours). The hours must be logged in the In-Car Observation & Behind-the-Wheel Instruction Log linked below. 

You must also do 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice with any licensed adult 21 years old or older (10 of these hours must be done at night). These hours must be logged in the Behind-the-Wheel Practice Log, which can also be found in the attachment link below. 

Click the TexasDriveLogs document link to download both logs. 

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