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At what age can you drive in Eagle Pass, Texas? Do you have to drive with an adult beside you or alone at the age of 16?


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In Texas a teen can enroll in a driver education class at age fourteen (14).At 14 years of age one can enter the classroom phase of driver education, and then the teen must be at least 15 years to enter the in-car phase. Those are the minimum ages and some schools require students to be older.

A student is not permitted to apply for an instruction permit until he or she is at least 15 years of age and has completed at least Module One (minimum of six instructional hours) of a driver education classroom program. Application for an instruction permit license requires the student to pass a Department of Public Safety (DPS) written examination and to meet all other DPS licensing requirements.

The DPS sates that the legal driving age in Texas is 15 years of age, no exceptions. A TX instruction permit allows a beginning driver to operate a vehicle with someone in the front seat that is 21 years of age or older and holds a valid license.

Texas, like most states, has a graduated driver licensing (GDL) system. You must be at least 15 years of age to receive an instruction permit license, phase one. You must be at least 16 years of age to receive a provisional driver license, phase two. You can obtain a Texas driver license at age 18 or older without completing a driver education course.

A person under age 18 must show proof of driver education, verification of current enrollment and attendance in school (or high school graduation or GED), proof of social security number, as well as proof of identification.

The TX DPS notes that applicants under age 18 must hold an instruction permit or hardship license for a minimum of six months prior to issuance of a provisional license. In addition, the minimum age of the person who must accompany any instruction permit holder during the operation of the vehicle is 21 years of age.

Once the applicant has held a valid instruction permit or hardship license for a minimum of six months, has reached the age of 16 for a Class C license (17 years of age for a Class A or B non-CDL), and has completed both the classroom and laboratory (driving) portions of driver education, they are eligible to graduate to Phase Two.

Phase Two restricts the driving privileges of persons under 18 years of age during the six-month period following the issuance of an original Class A, B, or C driver license (Provisional License). These persons may not operate a motor vehicle with more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21 who is not a family member. They may not operate a motor vehicle between midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the operator to attend or participate in employment or a school-related activity or because of a medical emergency. In addition, they may not operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communication device.

So in Eagle Pass, Texas, or any other area of TX, one must be at least 15 years of age to get a permit but must have a licensed driver 21 years of age or older in the front seat with them. If a 16 year old has reached phase 2, the provisional license, the restrictions for the accompanying driver change. The Texas DPS can give you more information on the state GDL process.


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