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Getting your Texas learner's permit and first-time driver's license is incredibly exciting...and can be a bit overwhelming, too! I Drive Safely has you covered with an easy how-to guide outlining all of the steps you'll need to take - from signing up for your parent-taught Driver's Ed course to finally holding that new driver's license in your hand.

Steps to Getting Your Drivers Permit!

 
Step 1-

Register your parent/guardian to become your instructor for the Parent-Taught Driver Education program.

  • Download the DL-92 request form
  • Complete the form and mail it to the Texas Department of Public Safety along with a $20 check or money order at:
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    PO Box: 149008
    Austin, TX 78714-9008
  • Wait for your Parent-Taught Driver Education packet to arrive within 2-3 weeks notifying you that your parent/guardian has been approved as an instructor
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Step 2-

Begin your I Drive Safely Parent-Taught Driver's Ed course

Once you complete the first 6 hours of your course, you will receive a 6-Hour Permit Qualification Certificate (DE-946E) via email. WAIT to continue your course until you complete Step 3!

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Step 3-

Go to your local DPS office to take your Permit Exam and vision test, and receive your learner's permit!

You will need to bring the following documents with you when applying for your driver’s permit:

  • Your 6-Hour Permit Qualification Certificate (DE-964E)
  • Proof of identity (such as a birth certificate)
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of vehicle registration and insurance
  • Completed forms from your Parent-Taught Driver Education packet:
    • Proof of Residency(DL-5)
    • Application for Texas driver's license (DL-14A)
    • Parental Driver Education Affidavit (DL-90A)
    • Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form
    • PTDE Classroom Instruction Record (DL-91A)
  • $16 permit fee

You will have 3 opportunities within 90 days to successfully pass your Driver's Permit Exam and vision test.

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Step 4-

Continue your Parent-Taught Driver's Ed course, and begin your Behind-the-Wheel Instruction

In order for your learner's permit to remain valid, you must continue with your Texas Driver's Ed course. Make sure to fill out the driver's training logs provided in the DPS Parent-Taught Driver Education packet as you complete your behind-the-wheel instruction. These logs document the amount of time you spend training.

NOTE: You must complete 34 hours of documented behind-the-wheel training, 10 of which must be at night.

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Step 5-

Complete your I Drive Safely Driver's Ed course

After you've passed your final exam, we'll send you a Certificate of Completion via the delivery option you've chosen.

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Step 6-

Take your Driving Exam at the DPS!

You must hold your driver's permit for a minimum of 6 months and be at least 16 years old before you can take your driving exam and get your first time driver's license. When you're ready, make sure to bring the following documents:

  • Your learner's permit
  • Your I Drive Safely Certificate of Completion
  • Classroom and behind-the-wheel training logs (DL-91A and DL-91B)
  • Parental Driver Education Affidavit (DL-90A)
  • Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form
  • Your vehicle's proof of registration and insurance
  • $16 provisional license fee

After you have passed your driving skills exam, you will be issued your provisional driver's license! Congratulations!

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