Stage 1 – Instructional Permit
To Obtain a permit a teen must:
1. Be at least 15 years old.
2. Must be enrolled and have completed first 3 classes (6 hours) of a state approved driver education program.
3. Obtain parental or guardian consent.
4. Obtain a TEA form, proving school attendance
5. Have passed a written signs test, rules test, and vision test.
6. pay a statutory fee.
Once a permit is obtained a teen must:
1. Hold the instructional permit for at least 6 months.
2. Drive with an adult 21 or older who has been a licensed for a minimum of 1 year. (If the adult is occupying the seat next to the driver.)
3. Not drink and drive. Any measurable alcohol could result in a 2 months to 2 year license revocation for drivers undr 21.
4. Drive with adult supervision. 2 violations of failure to drive with an adult supervision can result in the suspension of the instruction permit for 90 days to 1 year.
Stage 2 – Provisional License
To Obtain a provisional license a teen must:
1. Be at least 16 years old.
2. Complete the 6 month waiting period for holding an instructional permit.
3. Complete a state approved classroom and in-car driver education program.
4. Pass an in-car driving test administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety or approved driver education school. Pay statutory fee.
Restrictions for the first 6 months of a provisional license:
1. Passenger restrictions – a teen may not drive with more than one passenger under the age of 21. (Unless the passengers under 21 are family members.)
2. Late night hours restrictions – a teen may not drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by a licensed driver 21 or older. (Exceptions may be permitted for employment, school related activities, and/or medical emergency.) A teen is subject to a license suspension of 90 days to 1 year of if cited for 2 or more moving violations within 12 months.
Stage 3 – Full Provisional License
Six months after receiving a provisional license, teens may obtain a full provisional license. To be renewed on their 17 and 18 birthdays. The above restrictions do not apply.
1. pay statutory fee.