Permit Questions

Written by Staff Writer

How old to you have to be to get a permit in Texas?

While you may begin your driver education course at 14 years old, you must be 15 years old to get a permit in Texas.

Do you have to take drivers ed to get a permit in Texas?

Yes, the state requires you to take a 32-hour driver education course in order to get a permit in Texas. Our 100% online driver education course allows you to apply for a permit after completing the first 6-hour module.

How do you get a permit in Texas?

To get a driver's permit in Texas, follow these steps:

  • Successfully complete a TDLR approved Texas Driver's Education course
  • Visit your local Texas DPS office with the appropriate paperwork
  • If not completed with your driver's ed course, take and pass a written knowledge exam
  • Pay the $16 learner license fee

For a deeper look at how to get your Texas permit, visit our learner's permit page.

Who can be in the car with a permit driver in Texas?

Teenagers with a Texas permit must drive accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old. The adult must be present at all times and seated in the front seat beside the permit holder.

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