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Teen Drivers

In addition to meeting the regular requirements needed to apply for a Texas driver license, individuals under 18 years of age must also comply with the Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program.

Click on the license type below to determine what extra requirements needed to apply.

NOTE: To help prepare for obtaining a license, the Texas Driver’s Handbook is available online or at any driver license office.


   Learner License

A learner license allows a new driver to practice driving before obtaining a provisional license. A learner license expires on the applicant’s 18th birthday and requires a licensed adult 21 years of age or older to occupy the front seat when driving.

Individuals may apply who are at least 15 years of age, meet the regular licensing requirements and have completed the required classroom hours of driver education.

To apply, bring all of the following to a driver license office:

  1. Everything needed to meet regular licensing requirements
  2. A parent or legal guardian
  3. A completed Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) or a high school diploma or GED
  4. Signed, original form to verify the required classroom hours of driver education has been satisfied (forms are available from the driving instructor or in the PTDE packet)

Teen Driver Education Requirements
Type Required Form(s)
Driver training school
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964)
Parent-taught driver education (PTDE)
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964)
  • Classroom Instruction Driver Education Affidavit (DL-90A)
Public high school
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964E)

   Minor Restricted Driver License (MRDL)

A minor restricted driver license (MRDL) is commonly referred to as a “hardship” license and may be issued to an individual who establishes the necessity to drive. An MRDL expires on the applicant’s next birthday.

Individuals may apply who are at least 15 years of age, meet the regular licensing requirements, have completed driver education, and have a qualifying hardship.

NOTE: The MRDL application lists the types of hardships that qualify.

To apply, bring all of the following to a driver license office:

  1. Everything needed to meet regular licensing requirements
  2. A parent or legal guardian
  3. A completed MRDL application (also available at any driver license office)
  4. Signed, original form to verify completion of driver education (forms are available from the driving instructor or in the PTDE packet)

Teen Driver Education Requirements
Type Required Form(s)
Driver training school
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964)
Parent-taught driver education (PTDE)
  • Behind-the-Wheel Instruction Driver Education Affidavit (DL-91A)
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964)
Public high school
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964E)

   Provisional License

While the individual is under 18 years of age, the driver license is marked “provisional” and expires on the applicant’s 18th birthday.

Provisional licenses have a vertical layout. After the age of 18, “provisional” is removed when the license is renewed, but will still have a vertical layout.

To apply, bring all of the following to a driver license office:

  1. Everything needed to meet regular licensing requirements (if not already on file)
  2. A parent or legal guardian
  3. A completed Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) or a high school diploma or GED
  4. Signed, original form to verify completion of driver education (forms are available from your driving instructor or in the PTDE packet)

Teen Driver Education Requirements
Type Required Form(s)
Driver training school
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964)
Parent-taught driver education (PTDE)
  • Behind-the-Wheel Instruction Driver Education Affidavit (DL-90B)
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964)
Public high school
  • Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964E)

   Motorcycle License

For information on how to obtain a Class M license, see Motorcycle Licenses.

Collision Report Fiscal Year 2011 (PDF)

Tobacco Awareness

Individuals under 18 years of age who are convicted of possession, purchase, consumption or receipt of cigarettes or tobacco products must attend a tobacco awareness program approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Failure to complete the program within 90 days could result in the suspension of the individual’s driver license (or privilege if not licensed).

For more information on enforcement actions, please visit the web pages listed under Surcharges, Suspensions & Reinstatement.