Texas Drivers License and Permit Overview

Are you ready to get your Texas driver license? Whether you’re a teen looking to get your learner’s permit or an adult going straight for the Texas license, Aceable is here to help with all the education, checklists, and resources you need to get it done and hit the road. We can even help you get your motorcycle license if two wheels are more your speed. Below, you will find out how to get your permit in Texas. Let’s get to it!

Getting Your First Driver License

The first step to getting a Texas drivers license is to take a state-approved drivers ed course. Aceable offers online drivers ed for teens - both Parent Taught and Instructor Taught courses - as well as adult driver education.

Once you meet your driving practice and/or drivers ed requirements, you can head to your local Texas DPS office to apply for a driving permit or license. Don’t forget to bring the right paperwork or you may make a trip for nothing.

Keep reading to find out which type of Texas drivers ed course is right for you! Then check out our simple guide on how to get your driver license in Texas.

Texas Parent Taught Drivers Ed (PTDE)

If you’re between 14 and 17 years old and have a parent that can serve as your driving instructor, then the Texas Parent Taught Drivers Ed program is the best option. You can complete the knowledge portion at home using the TDLR-approved Aceable app.

How to get a learner's permit in Texas?

You can get your permit online through our course. Once you’re done with the first six hours of the course you can take the learners permit exam within our app. That means you don’t have to spend hours making a trip down to the DPS office.

After you get your permit you can finish the remaining 26 hours of the drivers ed course and start behind the wheel training with your parent instructor.

The Aceable PTDE course includes: In-app learners permit exam Behind-the-wheel training tools Test prep materials A parent account Resources for logging your training time Aceable Roadside Assistance discount

Once you’ve completed the drivers ed course and required number of practice hours behind the wheel you can apply for a full drivers license as long as you’ve had a permit for six months or longer.

Texas Instructor Taught Drivers Ed

What if your parents aren't licensed to drive? Or it’s not the best teacher/student combination? If that’s the case you’ll want to sign up for a Texas Instructor Taught Drivers Ed course.

This course is also for young drivers between the ages of 14 and 17 years old. It’s a total of 32 hours of “classroom” instruction, but you can take the learners permit exam within the Aceable app after finishing the first six hours.

Once you have a Texas learners permit in hand you can choose your behind-the-wheel provider and start the driving portion of drivers ed. While you’re doing that you’ll need to complete the rest of the Aceable course to get a certificate of completion.

With a certificate in hand, you can apply for a drivers license as long as you’ve had your learners permit for at least six months.

Texas Adult Drivers Ed

Did you get through high school without getting a drivers license? Adults who are 18 to 25 years old must take an adult drivers ed course to get a license. If you’re over 25 years old you don’t have to take drivers ed to get a license. But is it a good idea? Yes!

Our Texas Adult Drivers Ed course is designed to help older newbs with busy lives meet the education requirements for a license and learn how to drive safely. The Texas Adult Drivers Ed course is just six hours long. It’s fully state-approved and can be completed entirely online using our app.

Whenever you complete the course and get the completion certificate you can get down to the local DPS office to apply for a drivers license and take the road test.


Changing Your Driver License

Already have a driver license, but need to make a change? Aceable has simplified how-to information for new residents that are switching to a Texas license, plus guides on how to change your name or gender on your current driver license.

Just need to clear a traffic ticket from your driving record? Then learn more about our quick and easy Defensive Driving course.


Renewing, Replacing, and Reinstating Your Texas Drivers License

You got to keep track of that drivers license you worked so hard for and follow the rules of the road or you could lose it for a while. Losing, misplacing, or having your license stolen can happen to anyone. Luckily, replacing a Texas drivers license isn’t too difficult.

Every Texas driver must renew their drivers license at some point. If you’re between 18 and 84 years old your license needs to be renewed every eight years. It may be possible to renew online so check your eligibility before heading to the local DPS office.

If you got in trouble behind the wheel your license can be suspended or revoked. After a certain amount of time reinstatement may be possible. However, there may be restrictions for when you can drive when you get your license back.