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What do I need before I can get my permit?

Before applying for an Instruction Permit, you should study the Texas Drivers Handbook, which covers the following topics:

• Chapter 1—Your License to Drive
• Chapter 2—Vehicle Inspection and Registration
• Chapter 3—Safety (Financial) Responsibility
• Chapter 4—Right of Way
• Chapter 5—Signals, Signs and Markers
• Chapter 6—Signaling, Passing and Turning
• Chapter 7—Stopping, Standing or Parking
• Chapter 8—Speed and Speed Limits
• Chapter 9—Some Special Driving Situations
• Chapter 10-1—How Alcohol and Drugs Affect a Person’s Ability to Drive
• Chapter 10-2—Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs—Penalties
• Chapter 10-4—Zero Tolerance Law
• Chapter 11—Motor Vehicle Crashes
• Chapter 12—Pedestrian Safety
• Chapter 13—Bicycle Vehicle Law and Safety
• Chapter 14-1—Additional Safety Tips
• Chapter 14-7—Sharing the Road with Motorcycles
• Chapter 15-1—Special Requirements for Commercial Motor Vehicles
• Chapter 15-32—Safety Practices
• Chapter 15-36—Registration of Vehicles

The handbook can be found online at the Texas Department of Public Safety website or at any local driver license office.

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