New Law Affects Adults Getting Their Driver License

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

TEXAS - If you're 18 to 24-years-old, changes are coming if you're trying to get a Texas Driver's License. Starting this Monday, March 1st, adults under 25 must finish a driver education course and pass a driving skills test to get their license.

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety say those adults under 25 will need a certificate proving you have finished a special driver's education class.

Texas lawmakers passed the new rule last year, creating a special six hour adult driver education course. Officials said by taking this adult driver's education class, the applicant will not have to take the written test, but the applicant will still have to pass the driving skills test. Local supervisors at the Midland County DPS told NewsWest 9, the new course is a good idea.

"It's actually going to be beneficial, because you do get a lot of people who just come in here, and probably don't even pick up a book, and just see and try to pass it on a whim," Leticia Aranda, DPS Driver License Division Program Supervisor, explained. "I think this will be good because I think they will walk out of it learning a lot. With six hours, they're going to benefit from it."

Keep in mind, the change in law does not affect applicants if you are 15 through 17 years old. If you are under 18 and trying to get your license, you are still required to complete a driver education course. 

Officials also said a driving safety course or drug and alcohol driving awareness program does not count for the driver's education course. For a complete list of the approved courses, the Texas Education Agency has a list of approved courses: