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Moving to Texas

The following information applies to individuals who are transferring a valid out of state driver license and/or applying for a new Texas driver license/identification (ID) card. Select the following link for a complete list of requirements and more information on how to apply for a Texas driver license.

How to apply for a Texas driver license

Transferring an Out of State Driver License to Texas

New Texas residents can legally drive with a valid, unexpired driver license from another U.S. state, U.S. territory, Canadian province, or qualifying country for up to 90 days after moving to Texas.

Prior to the end of the 90 day grace period, a new Texas resident must apply for a Texas license in person at any driver license office to continue to drive legally. When applying for the new Texas license the individual must surrender any unexpired driver license in their possession from another U.S. state, U.S. territory or a Canadian province.

Adults (18 and Older)
Applicants who have a valid, unexpired driver license from another U.S. state or U.S. territory, or from Canada, France, South Korea, Germany or Taiwan (Texas has license reciprocity with these countries) and surrenders their out of country driver license, they are not required to take the knowledge or driving skills tests. However, if these applicants do not wish to surrender their out of country driver license, they must take and pass all required tests.

Applicants who have a valid, unexpired learner license from another U.S. state or U.S. territory, or Canada, France, South Korea, Germany or Taiwan and are applying for a Texas learner license, do not have to take the knowledge test. If applying for a Texas driver license, these individuals must take and pass the driving skills test.

Applicants who have a driver license from any country other than the U.S., Canada, France, South Korea, Germany or Taiwan must take and pass both the knowledge and driving skills tests. Select the following link for a complete list of requirements and more information on how to apply for a Texas driver license.

How to apply for a Texas driver license

Minors (Under 18)
Applicants under 18 who have a valid driver license or valid learner license from another U.S. state, U.S. territory or Canadian province do not have to take the knowledge test.

Applicants under 18 from a country other than the U.S. or Canada are required to take and pass the knowledge test. This includes France, South Korea, Germany and Taiwan because the reciprocity agreement with these countries does not apply to minors.

All applicants under 18 must take the driving skills test even if they hold a valid driver license from another state or country.

Active Duty and Recently Discharged Military
U.S. military personnel on active duty or individuals recently discharged with an expired driver license from another state may be exempt from the driving skills and knowledge tests.

To qualify for the exemption, applicants:

  1. Must present a valid military ID, and
  2. Provide proof that the state which issued the driver license has a military extension policy for which the individual qualifies. (The individual must contact the issuing state for correct documents). Select the following link for a complete list of requirements and more information on how to apply for a Texas driver license.

How to apply for a Texas driver license

Obtaining a Texas Identification (ID) card

New Texas residents who want to apply for a Texas ID card must meet all of the requirements for a Texas ID card, including proof of Texas residency and identification requirements. Select the following link for a complete list of requirements and more information on how to apply for a Texas driver license.

How to apply for a Texas identification (ID) card