A hardship license (previously known as Minor Restricted Driver License or MRDL) may be issued to a minor who establishes the necessity to drive and may have restrictions based on the qualifying hardship.
An application for a hardship license (DL-77) must be executed by an authorized adult on behalf of the minor. Both the adult and the minor must sign the form and present it in person at the driver license office. Only a parent, guardian, or person having custody of a minor may make application on behalf of a minor. If the minor does not have a parent, guardian, or custodian then an employer or county judge may apply on behalf of the minor.
A person applying for a hardship license must:
DPS will issue a hardship license if it is determined that:
Teens looking to drive can start a driver's education course as soon as they turn 14 years old - but they must wait until they are 15 years of age to be eligible for a learner permit. The learners permit allows teenagers the ability to drive their vehicle for the sole purpose of learning to drive - they're required at all times to drive with a licensed passenger aged 21 or older.
After the student has completed the first 6 hours of class either at Arrive Alive of Texas Driving Academy or Online, they will receive the DE-964 certificate. If class is taken online, the online course provider will issue this certificate by mail. This certificate will indicate that they are enrolled in a state approved driver education course. If student is taking class at Arrive Alive of Texas Driving Academy, they will take the written permit test at the driving school. They will take the DE-964 certificate to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) along with other legal documents (i.e. birth certificate, social security, verification of enrollment form, etc.) to obtain a learner's permit. This permit will allow them to drive with a licensed driver, age 21 or older, who is in the car with them.
A student is eligible to receive a driver's license when two conditions have been met:
Road Test Mandatory Items
ALL individuals will take a driving test either with a Third Party Tester or at DPS and must pass in order to obtain a driver's license.
Adult drivers between the ages of 18 to 24 can take either the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation certified 32-hour classroom & 14 hour in-car instruction or the 6-hour adult course in order to obtain a drivers license. Adults 25 or older just need a learner's permit, however, driver education is highly recommended.
If you choose the 32-hour classroom & 14-hour in-car instruction, the written test will be given and if you pass, the results will be recorded on a DE 964 usually after the 3rd day in order for you to get your learner's permit. You would continue through the rest of the course until completion of both classroom & in-car. You also have requirement to log 30 hours of driving with someone who is 21 or over and possesses a driver's license. This course is highly recommended if you have no driving experience.
The Adult Exclusive is a 6-hour classroom course. At the end of the 6 hour instruction, you will take the written test and if you pass, the results will be recorded on a ADE 1317. After you receive your certificate, you can get your learner's permit or schedule for a road-test with DPS to test for your license. We offer full sessions that include 6 hour classroom and 8 hours in-car instruction. We also offer either classroom only or in-car only. The in-car lessons can be done after the individual obtains their permit. We also have additional lessons available if necessary.
All adults are required by law to complete the MANDATORY 1 HOUR "Impact Texas Young Drivers" (ITYD) class. This class can be found on our RESOURCES page. STUDENTS MUST NOT TAKE THIS CLASS MORE THAN 90 DAYS BEFORE THEY OBTAIN THEIR DRIVER LICENSE.