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Transferring an Out-of-State License in Texas: A Comprehensive Guide by Travis Driving School

Transferring an Out-of-State License

Whether you're relocating to Texas for work, family, or just a change of pace, one of the crucial steps in settling down is ensuring that you can legally drive here. If you possess an out-of-state driver's license, Texas law requires you to obtain a Texas-issued license. But fret not; the process is straightforward, and this guide will walk you through the necessary steps.

Step 1: Establish Your Texas Residency

Before you can transfer your license, you must prove you're a resident of Texas. This usually means you have lived in the state for at least 30 days.

Step 2: Visit Your Local Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Find the nearest DPS office. It's a good idea to set an appointment, as this can save you a lot of time.

Step 3: Complete the Application Form

Once at the DPS, you'll need to fill out the application form for a new driver's license. Remember, even though you're just transferring your license, it's still treated as a "new" application in Texas.

Step 4: Provide Necessary Documentation

Texas requires several documents to prove your identity, Social Security Number, US citizenship or lawful presence status, and Texas residency. Here's a basic list:

  • Proof of Identity: This could be your out-of-state license, US passport, or birth certificate.

  • Proof of Social Security Number: Social Security Card or a W-2 form would work.

  • Proof of US Citizenship or Lawful Presence: US passport, birth certificate, or valid immigration documents.

  • Proof of Texas Residency: Two forms are required; utility bills, rental agreements, or bank statements are commonly used.

Step 5: Surrender Your Out-of-State License

You'll need to give up your old license. It's the law, and it ensures you don't have valid licenses in multiple states.

Step 6: Pass the Vision Test

Texas requires all drivers to take a vision test to ensure they can see well enough to drive safely.

Step 7: Pay the Required Fees

There's a fee associated with transferring your license. The exact amount varies based on age and the type of license. As of this writing, it's generally between $25 to $33 for adults.

Step 8: Smile for the Camera

Finally, you'll have your photo taken for your new Texas driver's license.

Step 9: Temporary License

While you'll leave the DPS office with a paper temporary license, your official Texas driver's license will arrive in the mail within three weeks.

Transferring an Out-of-State License

Transitioning to Texas life comes with its checklist of tasks, but transferring your driver's license doesn't have to be a hassle. By following the above steps and staying informed, you can hit the Texas roads with confidence.


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