We've attached a downloadable DPS Permit Checklist to the bottom of this article.
You must be at least 15 years old to get your Texas Permit. Check out this helpful video below to see what all you need to bring:
Here are the essentials to bring with you:
Forms From Aceable:
- DE-964 Permit Certificate (we email this to you, and it's available in your "RECORDS" tab in your account)
- Aceable Classroom Instruction Log (only the first six hours for Level 1 shown if going by the Concurrent Method, OR all 32 hours of Levels 1-12 shown if going by the Block Method)
- Texas Residency Affidavit (available in the DPS Trip Guide)
Forms From the PTDE Program Guide Packet from Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation:
- PTDE Program Guide Receipt Page - it's just the first page of your program guide from TDLR If you don’t have your PTDE packet, you can request one here. If you started the course before receiving the packet, follow these steps:
- Make sure you have an eligible parent instructor before ordering the packet.
- Order the packet ASAP from the TDLR.
- When you receive the packet, hang on to it for three days.
- After three days, let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org to update your certificate date.
- $16 Learner License Fee (cash, credit, check, or money order)
- Application for Driver License or Identification Card
- Vision Exam
- Your Parent Instructor
- If your parent/legal guardian is not an eligible instructor and designates another individual instead, you will also need to print out the Parent Taught Driver Education Instructor Designation Form, complete it, and bring with you to the DPS when getting your permit. (Read more about instructor eligibility.)
- Proof of Texas residency (Parent Instructor must bring two forms of proof): deed, mortgage statement, valid and unexpired Texas voter registration card, utility bills, etc.
- Proof of identity and lawful US presence or citizenship: valid US passport, birth certificate, or US certificate of citizenship or naturalization
- Social Security Card
- Verification of Enrollment (VOE): This paperwork proves that you are currently attending school and your grades and attendance are in good standing. You need to fill it out and get it signed by somebody at your school’s administrative office.* If you are not in high school but are getting your GED instead, you’ll need to bring the form to your GED program’s office and get them to sign as the administrator.
- Some schools require a waiting period between when you request the VOE and when they’ll actually issue it to you (usually 24 hours). Therefore, it’s a good idea to request the VOE from your school ahead of time (we recommend at least 3-7 days before you head to the DPS).If you get your VOE during the last week of the school year, it is good until the start of the fall semester.During the summer, you can head to your school district’s administrative office and have them sign your VOE form.*If you are home-schooled, Write “Home School” or the name of your home school on the top left corner of the form and your county on the top right corner of the form.
- Check the first box, indicating your student is enrolled in a home school.
- Type or print the student’s name.
- Type or print one parent’s name and phone number in Administrator/Designee section.
- Both the student and the parent must sign and date the form.