Texas is one of several states that have a graduated drivers license program. The reason for this is simple: teen drivers are inexperienced and more likely than any other age group to have an accident in their first months of driving. A graduated drivers license program places certain restrictions on new drivers to keep Texas roads safer for everyone.
Texas’ graduated licensing process eases teens into the full driving experience with a three-step approach:
Learner License – at age 15, a teen can apply for a learner’s license after completing the Impact Texas Teen Driver requirements and a teen driver education course, passing written, hearing and vision tests, and obtaining a signed parental consent form. Teen drivers with a Learner’s License must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21 whenever they are driving, and cannot practice driving at night for the first three months.
Provisional License – at age 16, teens with a Learner’s License who have not had any traffic violations and have completed the Impact Texas Teen Drivers course and a driver education course as well as a driver’s test, may apply for a Provisional License. Teens may not drive with more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21 who is not a family member, and driving is restricted between midnight and 5 a.m. unless traveling to or from work. Teen drivers are also restricted from using a wireless communication device until the age of 18, except in case of an emergency.
Full License – at age 18, teens may apply for an unrestricted license.
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