April 13, 2023

Getting a United States driver's license in Texas as an immigrant

Getting a driver's license in Texas as an immigrant can seem daunting, but with the right information and preparation it is a relatively straight forward process. In this OCHO blog, we'll provide a step by step guide to obtaining a driver's license as an immigrant in Texas. Having a license from the U.S. will help you get better deals for your car insurance.

Step 1: gather the required documents

Note: some of the documents may need to be translated to English or notarized before they can be accepted by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Step 2: Complete Driver Education Course 

If you are under 18, you will need to complete a driver education course before you can apply for the drivers license. This course will cover the basics of driving, safety tips, and traffic laws. You can find a list of approved driver education courses on the DPS website. At Ocho we have a great commitment for your success that's why we created this useful blog with tips to help you ace the test.

Step 3: Schedule and pass written exam

With the necessary documentation and when you have completed the driver education course, if applicable. You can schedule a written exam at your local DPS office. This exam will test your knowledge of Texas traffic laws and road signs. At least a 70% score is needed to pass.

Step 4: Schedule and pass driving skills test

During this test a DPS examiner will evaluate your driving skills, ability to obey laws, control the vehicle, and react to driving situations. You will need to bring a vehicle that meets certain safety standards to the test.

Step 5: Pay the required fees

Fees may include an application fee, license fee, and additional fees for endorsements or restrictions. Good luck and be safe on the road.


  1. Driver License” in Texas Department of Public Safety” 2023 https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/driver-license. Date consulted: April 4, 2023