Transferring Your Out-Of-State Driver’s License to Texas

For people moving from other states who already have a driver’s license, you will still be required to get a Texas drivers license. You have to do this within 90 days of moving. Moving to Texas can be an exciting new adventure, but it also comes with several responsibilities, including transferring your driver’s license. Fortunately, the process is straightforward, and this step-by-step guide will provide you with all the necessary information to ensure a smooth transition.

Texas Driver’s License Transfer Timeline

According to Texas law, new residents have 90 days from their arrival date to transfer their out-of-state driver’s license. Failing to do so within this timeframe may result in penalties or fines.

Step-by-Step Guide to Transferring Your Driver’s License

Follow these steps to transfer your driver’s license to Texas without any complications:

Step 1: Gather Required Documents

Before heading to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) office, ensure you have the following documents:

  1. Your valid, unexpired out-of-state driver’s license.
  2. Proof of Social Security number (e.g., Social Security card, W-2, or 1099 tax form).
  3. Proof of Texas residency (e.g., utility bill, rental agreement, or bank statement).
  4. Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence (e.g., birth certificate, passport, or permanent resident card).
  5. Proof of vehicle registration and insurance, if you have a vehicle in Texas.

Step 2: Visit a Texas DPS Office

Locate your nearest Texas DPS office and make an appointment if possible. Some offices may allow walk-ins, but appointments can save time and ensure a more efficient visit.

Step 3: Complete the Application Process

At the DPS office, you will need to:

  1. Complete the Application for Texas Driver’s License or Identification (DL-14A) form.
  2. Surrender your out-of-state driver’s license.
  3. Provide the required documents mentioned in Step 1.
  4. Pass the vision test.

Note: If your out-of-state driver’s license has been expired for more than two years, you may be required to take the written knowledge and driving tests.

Step 4: Pay the Required Fees

To complete the transfer process, pay the applicable fees for a Texas driver’s license. The fees vary depending on the type of license and your age:

  • Class C (under 18 years old): $16
  • Class C (18 to 84 years old): $33
  • Class C (85 years and older): $9

Payment methods vary between DPS offices, so it’s a good idea to check in advance if they accept cash, check, or credit card.

Step 5: Receive Your New Texas Driver’s License

After successfully completing the application process and paying the required fees, you will receive a temporary paper license. Your permanent Texas driver’s license will arrive by mail within 2-3 weeks.