Texas, like all other states, requires that you have a valid driver’s license while driving. If your license is pending renewal, you can apply for a new license in person, over the phone, or online. The new license takes about three weeks to arrive in the mail. Meanwhile, the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) will issue a temporary license valid for 45 days. There is also an official temporary license for those who are in the state for a short period, or until their status of legal residence expires, and who need a license in the meantime.
For drivers between the ages of 18 and 84, a Texas driver’s license is valid for six years and expires on the driver’s birthday. If you are under 18, your license is valid until you turn 18, and if you are 85 or older, the license is valid for two years. Drivers between the ages of 18 and 78 can renew by phone, mail, or online at the DPS Driver License Renewal and Address Change page. You will need to enter personal information such as your date of birth, the last four digits of your Social Security number, your driver’s license number, and an “audit number” that DPS printed on your license. You will also have to pay a fee. DPS allows you to print a receipt that will serve as a temporary license and that you can use until the new license arrives in the mail.
Individuals under the age of 18 or over 78, non-citizens temporarily living in the state, or those with a provisional license must renew in person at a DPS office. You will need to bring your old license, complete a Renewal Application, take a new photo, and pay a fee. Non-citizens may be required to have other documents proving legal residence. DPS may require a vision test, as well as a written or practical test. A successful application gives you a receipt that serves as a temporary license until the new one arrives in the mail.
Texas issues “limited-term” or temporary licenses to anyone who is not a citizen, legal resident, US citizen, or asylee. These individuals must apply for the license in person and provide documents that establish their identity and legal presence in the state. After verifying the documents, DPS will conduct vision and driving tests and issue the expiring limited-term license along with the visitor’s legal status. If there is no final expiration of legal status, the limited duration license is valid for one year.