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State of Texas Driving Laws and Licenses for Teen Drivers – Phase I

When the state of Texas put into place this program for teenagers, it did not change any of the base requirements already in place for obtaining a license – rather it split the requirements for those who are younger than 18 years of age into 2 phases.  Below step 1 thru 4 cover PHASE ONE; with steps 4 thru 6 cover phase II.  And it is important to remember that no matter what stage you are in, you need to be added to your parents auto insurance in Texas.

If you are yet 18 years of age, the teen needs to:

1. Finish the classroom part of the driver education requirement.

2. Obtain/hold a legal instruction permit or hold a “hardship” license for 6 months when the teen is at least 15 years old.

3. Complete the driving requirement of driver education.

4. At the age of 16 apply for a Class C license (or 17 for a Class A or B license)

5. Obtain and hold a valid license that is provisional for at least another 6 months.

6. Obtain a regular no unrestricted driver’s license

Note: Parents need to add the teen on their auto insurance in Texas before letting the teen practice in the car.

As long as the teen is between 14 years and 17 years, they could be qualified to use the benefit of the “Parent Taught Driver Education Program”.  In order to make this situation easier, there is offered online as parent taught course, state approved, that may be order (not over 10 hours of video may be counted towards the 32 hour classroom education).  The teen must apply first with the state to ensure the teen is eligible to take this program:

1. Complete form DL-92

2. Have a money order or check to pay the nonrefundable fee of $20

3. Mail the fee and form to:

o Texas Department of Public Safety

o License Issuance Bureau

o P.O. Box 149246

o Austin, TX 78714-9246

The teen will receive details of the program by mail in 2 to 3 weeks.  There are also other method you might prefer to satisfy driver’s education.  The state does offer a numerous alternatives.  Each program has a requirement of a minimum of 32 hours of instruction in the classroom, 7 hours of instruction behind-the-wheel, and 20 hours of instruction behind the wheel with 10 of those hours being driving at night practice.

If the teen has finished driver ed in some other state, all that needs to be done is to provide proof when applying for the permit.  The teen will also have to provide verification that they currently are enrolled and also attending a Texas school or they have a high school diploma or GED, together with all requirement that are listed above in section for Texas resident.  The teen most also have auto insurance in Texas before driving after 30 days.

This may also be a great time to check cheap auto insurance companies to make sure that you are getting the best rate on car insurance.  By simply putting your Zip Code into the place at the top of this page your rate can be compared with other auto insurance in Texas.  Having a teenage driver can cause insurance rates to rise but there is no need to be paying absolutely more than you have to.