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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Commercial driver license (CDL) and commercial learner permit (CLP) expiration dates have been extended by FMCSA until November 30, 2021, as long as they were not expired prior to March 1st, 2020. Medical certificate and variance expiration dates have been extended until November 30, 2021, as long as they were not expired prior to June 1, 2021.


DPS and tag agents are now offering eight (8) year driver licenses and identification cards. Fees are double the four (4) year option.

Applying for a Learner Permit

To apply for a Learner Permit, the applicant must be at least 15 1/2 years of age. Applicant must appear before a Driver License Examiner. Click here to make an appointment. The examiner will process the applicant and administer a vision and written exam. If the applicant is paying with a credit card, the permit can be printed at the DPS location. If the applicant is paying with cash or money order, the examiner will issue a form that is taken to a tag agency where they will pay the fee and get the permit printed. 

Applicants also have the option of taking the written test at a Career Tech Testing Center. There is a $25.00 fee associated with this and the applicant will still have to visit a DPS location for the vision test and to be issued the permit. Click here for more information on Career Tech testing.

The applicant must bring in the following:
  1. Click here for a complete document list.

  2. If you are under the age of 18 you must have a Parent or Legal Guardian present.
  3. If you are between the age of 15 1/2 and 16 you must bring documentation showing that you are receiving instruction in a driver's education course (i.e., certificate or green card from public school driver's ed) or a contract for driver's education from a commercial school or a parent-taught driver's education affidavit. Driver Education is not required if you are over the age of 16, however if you are taking or have completed Driver Education bring in the documentation. Click here for information about Parent Taught Driver Education.

If you are under the age of 18, you must have a permit for 6 months from the issue date. Anyone over 18 who gets a permit must hold it for 30 days minimum.






Last Modified on Jun 21, 2021
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