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When can I get my driver’s license?

The State of Texas has the following requirements to obtain a provisional or hardship license:

Provisional License—Phase Two Requirements
• You must be at least 16 years old.
• You must have held an Instruction Permit for six months.
• You must have completed an approved driver’s education course.
• You must pay the license fee of $16.

Hardship License Requirements
• You must be between 15 and 18 years old.
• You must complete an approved driver’s education course.
• You must have an acceptable reason for needing a hardship license that includes:

1. Your family is faced with an unusual economic hardship
2. You have a family member who is ill and requires transportation for medical treatment
3. Your are enrolled in a vocational educational program and you need a license to participate in the program
4. One of your immediate family members has died and the remaining family members need you to drive temporarily to carry on the household routines

• You must be able to pass the written, vision and driving skills tests.
• You must have an authorized adult sign the license form and they must present the signed form in person at the driver’s license office.
• You must pay the occupational license fee of $10.

Class A, Class B or Class C Driver License
• You must complete an approved driver’s education course if under 18.
• You must have completed the Texas Graduated License Program.
• You must provide proof of completion in an adult driver’s education program if you are between 18 and 24 years of age.
• You must pay the license fee of $16 if under 18 and the fee of $25 if 18 or older.

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