April 13, 2023


Getting a United States Driver's License in Texas as an Immigrant

At first, getting a driver's license in Texas might seem hard for immigrants. But with the correct information and preparation, it becomes easier. In this OCHO blog, we will guide you through each step so you can prepare for this journey. A Texas driver's license grants you the freedom to drive and opens doors to better car insurance deals.

Step 1: Gather the Required Documents

Before diving into the process, ensure you have the necessary documents:

Before the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) can accept them, some documents may need to be translated or notarized.

Step 2: Complete Driver Education Course

For individuals under 18, a driver education course is mandatory. This course covers driving basics, safety tips, and traffic laws. OCHO is committed to your success, and we have created this blog to offer valuable information for acing the test.

Step 3: Schedule and Pass the Written Exam

Once you've gathered the required documentation and completed the driver education course (if applicable), schedule a written exam at your local DPS office. This exam tests your knowledge of Texas traffic laws and road signs, requiring at least a 70% score to pass.

Step 4: Schedule and Pass the Driving Skills Test

During this phase, a DPS examiner will test your driving skills, ability to follow laws, control of the vehicle, and reactions to different driving situations. Ensure your vehicle meets safety standards for the test.

Step 5: Pay the Required Fees

Be prepared to pay fees, including the application, license, and extra endorsements or restrictions fees. Good luck on your journey, and stay safe on the road.

Can you use a Mexican driver's license in Texas?

Yes, if you're driving a car from Mexico with Mexican plates for more than 90 days. But if you're driving a U.S.-registered car with U.S. plates in Texas, the Mexican license is only valid for the first 90 days. After that, it's not accepted.

How long can I drive in Texas with an out-of-state license?

If you just moved to Texas, you can drive legally for 90 days with an out-of-state license.


Securing a driver's license in Texas as an immigrant is achievable with the proper guidance. This comprehensive guide, brought to you by OCHO, aims to simplify the process and empower you to navigate the roads confidently. Safe travels!


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