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Should I Wait to Get My Texas License If I’m 17?

So, you’re 17 years old and asking yourself: Should I wait to get my Texas drivers license until I’m 18? In this post, we’ll explore the pros of waiting vs. not waiting, and how the process varies between the two.

The pros of waiting to get your license after 17

  • Cheaper
  • Faster
  • Easier

The pros of getting your license at 17

  • You’ll have your license sooner
  • You’ll be able to learn the rules of the road faster, and first-hand.

How the process differs

If you are almost 18 years old, you have three options for getting your license.

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1. Wait until you are 18.

Once you hit 18, you will be eligible for Adult Drivers Ed. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to practice driving until you go to the DPS and apply for your optional adult permit, or get your license directly if you’re ready to take the driving exam.

What’s the cost? The total will run you about $61-$72. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • $36 for the course
  • $25 to apply for a driver license if you are already prepared for the driving exam (OR $25 for the optional permit)
  • $11 for a driver license

Still confused? Check out our Course Guide for Adult Drivers Ed.

2. Take Parent Taught Drivers Ed.

If you have an eligible parent and do not want to wait until you’re 18 to get your permit, you can take Parent Taught Drivers Ed. With this option, you will be able to get your permit to practice driving in about one week (possibly less). You must hold your permit for six months before getting your license. If you turn 18 during that time, you will need to renew your permit and continue to hold it until those six months are up.

What’s the cost? The total will run you about $122. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • $20 for a packet from the state
  • $75 for our course
  • $16 DPS permit fee for minors
  • $11 DPS license fee

Still confused? Check out our post on how Parent Taught Drivers Ed works.

3. Start with Parent Taught Drivers Ed and then get your teen permit to practice driving until you are 18.

Once you turn 18, take Adult Drivers Ed. At this point, you won’t have to worry about the requirements for the teen course anymore.

What’s the cost? The total will run you about $158. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • $20 for a packet from the state
  • $75 for the parent taught course
  • $16 DPS permit fee for minors
  • $36 for the adult drivers ed course
  • $11 DPS driver license fee

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