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Congratulations on starting the process of applying for your Texas Learner’s Permit or first Texas driver’s license. Texas has a Graduated Driver License Program for Texas teen drivers like yourself.
The program will allow you to safely gain driving experience in stages, before being granted full driving privileges.
We want to help you get the most out of this process, and to help make sure that applying for your first Texas driver’s license goes as smoothly as possible. So let’s get started.
The Texas Instruction Permit or Texas Learner’s Permit
When you turn 15, you can finally apply for a Texas Instruction Permit, otherwise known as a Texas Learner’s Permit. This permit is valid until your next birthday plus 1 year. It allows you to practice driving with your parent, guardian, driving instructor, or licensed driver who is at least 21 with 1 year of driving experience. In order to apply, you’ll need:
Once you’re ready, head on down to the local Texas Driver License Office with your parent or guardian and submit your application. Then, you’ll have to take a vision test, as well as a written exam. If you survive, then congratulations. You’ve just earned your Texas Instruction Permit! Remember: all passengers must wear seatbelts, and be sure to carry your Texas Instruction Permit with you at all times.
You’ll be ready to apply for the Texas Provisional License once you’ve held your Texas Instruction Permit without incident for 6 months have met a few more requirements,
The Texas Provisional License or Texas Intermediate License
You can apply for your Texas Provisional License once you’ve held your Texas Instruction Permit for 180 days. However, you’ll need to make sure you meet these requirements:
Make an appointment and head on down to your local Texas Driver License Office. Be sure to bring your identification documents, including your Texas Instruction Permit. Then your only remaining hurdle is the dreaded Texas road test! If you pass, then congratulate yourself once again: you’ve just earned your Texas Provisional License!
Texas Teen Driver License Restrictions and Penalties
The aim of the Graduated License Program is to give newer drivers the opportunity to safely hone their driving skills before graduating to full driving privileges. Until you have earned your Texas full license, there are several restrictions you need to keep in mind regarding your Texas learner's license or Texas driver's license.
For the first 6 months:
After 6 months have passed, the above restrictions will no longer apply.
Once you turn 18, your Texas Provisional license will expire and you then qualify for your regular Texas driver license. From this point on: freedom!
Texas Auto Insurance Financial Responsibility Laws
Unfortunately, traffic accidents can happen to even the most experienced driver. Despite your confidence in your driving skills, your vehicle must still be covered by Texas liability insurance. The minimum liability insurance coverage is:
In fact, if you are in an accident and found to be driving without Texas mandatory liability insurance, your Texas Learner Permit or Texas Provisional license may be suspended.
Texas Drunk Driving, Cell Phone, and Text Messaging Laws
As a Texas teen driver, it’s important for you to learn the Texas drunk driving, cell phone, and text messaging laws.
Drunk Driving. Texas takes drunk driving very seriously. Like most states, Texas has a Zero Tolerance Law for underage drinking, and if you are convicted of a Texas DWI, your Texas Learner Permit or Texas Provisional License will be suspended for 30 days for your first offense, 60 days for a second offense, and 180 days for a third offense.
In general, upon your first conviction of a Texas DWI, you’ll also face the following penalties:
And of course, further Texas DWI and DUI convictions will result in increased jail time, community service, fines, and Texas license suspension or even Texas license revocation.
Currently, Texas teen drivers are prohibited from using cell phones while driving.
That doesn't mean, however, that constant cell phone use while behind the wheel is a good idea for adults either! Don't allow anything to distract you from your driving.
Texas Online Driver Education
Texas teen drivers can find more information about approved Texas online driver education on the Texas Department of Public Safety website.
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All teenage drivers are required to take a driver's education course in order to earn a learner's permit and driver's license. However, did you know that you can also earn high school credit by completing our course?
Transcripts will be issued by our partner Orion High School. Orion High School will issue 2.5 credits for completing this course. Please inquire at your school if they will accept this credit for Driver Education.
For only $50 plus shipping, we will process and send the transcript to your home address. Bring the transcript to your high school and they will process the credits!
If you want a transcript, simply add it to your order during online registration or upgrade later.
This parent-taught driver education course is fully approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to satisfy the requirements for a learner's permit and driver's license (School #111).The course contains step-by-step driving instructions, interactive games, instructional videos and much more!
Order the Total Drivers Ed Package and save 10%! The Total Drivers Ed package includes our online course, our Prep Wizard testing software designed to help you prepare for the Texas DPS written exam, and the Driver Ed To Go DVD that will help you ace your driving test! This package has everything you'll need to get your Texas learner's permit AND driver's license!
Texas Parental Supplement
The Texas parent supplement conveniently printed as a bound hard copy. For use as part of the PTDE course in Texas (note: a downloadable version of the same booklet is also available as part of the course or you can purchase this hard copy).
Texas State Driving Supplement
The Texas driving supplement conveniently printed as a bound hard copy. For use as part of the PTDE course in Texas (note: a downloadable version of the same booklet is also available as part of the course or you can purchase this hard copy).
Texas State Driving & Parent Supplement Bundle
Order both supplement hard copies and save money! For use as part of the PTDE course in Texas (note: downloadable versions of both booklets are available as part of the course or you can purchase these hard copies).
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