Texas Driver Training: Behind the Wheel Training and Permit Training
A person residing in Texas must have a valid driving license to drive in Texas legally. To drive a car, truck or any vehicle, driving license is issued by the state only to those who can exhibit their ability to drive while their evaluation of driving tests.
Every state has restricted rules and regulations while providing a driving license either to an individual or commercial license. If you are new to Texas and hold a prior license, you have 90 days to apply for a valid Texas driving license. In Texas, driving license is issued by the Driver License Division of Texas Department of Public Safety.
The types of licenses in Texas are -
Graduated Driving License (GDL) which is applicable for all new drivers under 18 years of age, regulates the number of increasing accident cases among teens. Under GDL, all new driver license applicants will have to pass the driving exam conducted by the licensing authority. You will remain at your current GDL level (learner or intermediate) until six months from the date of conviction has elapsed. GDL is covered under two phases for license holders under 18 years of age.
- Phase 1 – It applies to all applicants under 18 years of age to hold valid learner or hardship license or both for a minimum of 6 months before issuance of the provisional license.
- Phase 2 -This phase restricts the driving privileges of an 18-year-old, following the issuance of a provisional license. Phase 2 holders cannot drive with more than one member below 21 and cannot drive between midnight and 5:00 am.
Learner Permit or Instruction permit – It is the permit for first-time drivers, and it mainly applies to teens between 15 and 18. You can obtain learner license for practicing driving, once you enroll yourself in a Driver Education course and can show the certificate. You have to appear before a Driver License Examiner and pass a few vision and written tests to obtain the permit. A learner permit is only given when a licensed driver of above 21 years of age accompanies you while driving in the front seat beside you. A Texas learner license must be held for six months from the date of issuance before the individual is eligible for Phase Two.
Hardship License or Minor Restricted Driver License (MRDL) -This license applies for minors between 15 and 18 years of age, for whom driving becomes a necessity, may be due to hardships in the family. Such applications must be co-signed by a parent or guardian of the applicant. You must pass the vision and driving knowledge tests including completion of Driver education course comprising of both classrooms and behind the wheel phase.
Provisional License – Phase 2 GDL learners can be issued a temporary license if they are between 16 and 18 years of age. Such holders should have valid learner or hardship license, or both for at least six months.
Every license issued to a person under 21 years of age will be marked as “under 21”. And all such individuals are restricted from using any wireless communication device while driving.
- Primary ID(e.g., state-certified birth certificate, valid U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization).
- Secondary ID(health insurance card, employer photo ID, Social Security Card )
- Social Security Number
- Enrolment Certificate in Driver Education Course if you are below 16. Any individual who is below 25 years of age is required to complete an approved Driver Education Course.
- Your parent and legal Guardian must be present if you are under 18
- You have to surrender any valid out of state license
- Thumb or index fingerprints, medical status, and physical description