How complicated is it to get a hardship license as a minor in Texas?

I really need a license so I can get to work on my own. I’m not old enough to get one yet, but I heard that you could apply for a hardship license to get your license early in Texas. How do I get one?

Claire Beaney · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
To get a hardship license in Texas, you’ll need to satisfy a number of requirements outlined by the
Texas Administrative Code
The first requirement to be eligible for a hardship license is that you must be in a situation that fits one of the following: 
  • Suffering from economic hardship due to your lack of license
  • You must drive an ill family member to medical care and other necessities
  • You need a license to drive because a family member is ill or disabled
  • You’re enrolled in a vocational program that requires driving
If you qualify for the first requirement, there’s still more. You’ll need to:
  1. Complete a driver education course
  2. Have a parent or guardian sign the application
  3. Pass the driving test
Once you’ve completed those steps, you’ll need to fill out an application called a
Texas Hardship Driver License Card Application
, or DL-77. Ensure you have all the necessary identifying documents and have a
Texas car insurance
policy set up if you have a car. 
The fee for a hardship license ranges from $16 to $25. If you complete these requirements, bring all necessary forms and papers to your local DMV office to apply for your hardship license.
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