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4 Ways to Make Your Trip to the DPS Suck Less

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Hey guys, I’m Jaimie, a junior at Akins High School in Austin. During my free time, I enjoy relaxing and watching TV or going shopping, which is what I do best. I also love to drive. Every time I happen to be going somewhere, my parents know the first thing that I will ask: “Can I drive please?!” Anyways, I am glad that I will be able to help you learn from my own personal experiences regarding driving.

We all have heard about how tedious the process of getting your driver license or permit can be. That’s how it was for me. There is so much involved in getting that important plastic card that allows you to drive. You'll need certain documents and if you are not aware of what documents you need, the process can become extremely challenging. That’s why I’m going to share some tips with you about how to make your trip to the DPS successful instead of stressful.

1. Bring The Right Forms

Most importantly, you will want to bring all the required documents with you to the DPS office. When I went to get my license, I had to complete an affidavit to verify that I’m a Texas resident. So make sure you fill out your copy of that affidavit from your Parent Taught Drivers Ed packet. You’ll also need to bring your birth certificate and social security number, and have proof that you successfully completed the course. If you are an Aceable student, you’re in luck -- they give you a thorough checklist of all the documentation you need. Also, if you are not able to find the contact number to your local DPS, it is available online. Find the location of your nearest DPS Office here. 2. Get There Early

Next, you will want to arrive early if possible. We all know how packed it can get with everyone trying to get what they need. You get a slip with your number on it, and it may seem like a lifetime before it’s your turn. Make sure you have the correct documents, because if you get called back and they tell you that you are missing a document, things will get much more stressful. Luckily, I arrived 10 minutes after opening, so I did not have to wait in line long. However, I had to wait in the line a couple of times because I didn’t have all the documents I needed. 3. Study!

Next, study for the exam that you will need to pass in order to get your permit if that applies to you. The test can seem hard if you take it months and months after you took the class. Studying the material (such as common fines, signs, and basic driving rules) is really helpful. Don’t try to "wing" this test, because if you fail, you will have to wait to take the test again! Study, study, study. It will be well worth it in the end. Aceable also has great practice material… hint hint. 4. Look Your Best

This one is for all the ladies: We all know how we are when it comes to taking pictures - it must be perfect. Sadly, the picture is taken with a blue sheet of paper behind you. In my eyes, it was not cute at all. If you are a perfectionist like me, you will spend as much time as needed to make sure you look beautiful in that picture that you will use as proof of identification. It is OK to dress your best for the picture that goes on your license. After all, it's your license! I hope these tips on going to the DPS were helpful. Let me know how your trip to the DPS went (hopefully great!). I would love to hear about it. Trust me on one thing, though: Once the process is complete, you will be beyond happy that you fought through the frustration and the tedium. Sometimes you have to wait at the DPS. But you don't have to wait to start learning drivers ed! With Aceable, you can start any time and learn on your own schedule. Save $10 when you buy it here with my discount code JP10.

Krista Doyle