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How To Get Your License When You’re New To Texas

Moving to a new state can be really stressful. Unloading the moving truck, getting used to the Texas humidity, figuring out where the nearest Torchy’s Tacos is…it can all take a toll on you. Another big step you have to take is transferring your old license to a new, more Texan one. We know spending your day at the DPS is the last thing you want to do and Aceable wants to help make that process as easy as possible for you. That’s why we wrote this handy how-to guide for getting your license here in the Lone Star state. Read on!azoqY

Don’t worry, you have a little time.

Luckily, the state doesn’t expect you to transfer your license the second you move. 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. But before the 90 day grace period is over, you need to apply for your new license in person at any driver license office to continue to drive legally.

Here’s what you’ll need.

As long as you’re 18 or older and have a valid, unexpired license from another state, you won’t have to retake the driving knowledge or skills test. Yay! But you will need to have the following ready once you get to the DPS:
  1. Documents that verify your:
  • Identity
  • Social Security Number
  • US Citizenship
  • Texas residency
2. This completed application. Don’t worry, if you can’t print it out, they’ll have these forms at the office.3. Present either:
  • Proof of Texas vehicle registration and evidence of financial responsibility for each vehicle you own OR
  • A statement showing that you don’t own a vehicle
4. The applicable fees.

Show up with all this and you should be good to go. See? That wasn’t that bad. Congrats on your new license and welcome to Texas!

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