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Information About Driver’s License:

International students who do plan on driving in the US must obtain a valid driver’s license. Students can apply at the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Students must have access to a car, car insurance, knowledge of driving regulations and testable driving skills to obtain your license. You must provide your own vehicle for taking the test.

In order to receive a Texas Driver’s License please take the following steps:

  1. Study Texas drivers laws and regulations. The guidebook can be viewed online here: this is available in both English and Spanish and is also available at DPS.
  2. Take the written and in-car exam. There is a $11 fee for the test, which is valid for 3 attempts over the course of 90 days.
  3. Pay $25 for your Driver’s License
  4. Present the following documents to DPS to apply for your license:
    1. Passport, I-20 or DS-2019
    2. I-94
    3. Current enrollment letter
    4. Completed application-
    5. Two proofs of address, typically a lease, piece of mail, any bills. Please ensure that your name on these documents match both other documents and your passport.
    6. Valid social security card- If you do not have a social security card you can fill out a “Social Security Affidavit” at the DPS office while completing your application
The closest Department of Public Safety is located at 8301 Brentwood Stair Rd, Fort Worth TX 76020. It is recommended that students call ahead for an appointment time in order to skip the line (817-285-1900).