How do I get a driving license for an H4 visa in Texas?

I’ve got an H4 visa, but I’d like to get a driver’s license in case I need some backup ID. What’s the process for getting a Texas driver’s license with an H4 visa?

Brittni Brinn · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Getting a driver’s license is a great idea, not least because you’ll be able to explore all the Lone Star State has to offer! 
H4 visa holders in Texas qualify for a driver’s license but must meet additional documentation requirements.
Here’s how to get a driver’s license with an H4 visa in Texas:
  1. Make an appointment at a
    Texas driver license office
  2. Present the following documents:
Proof of lawful presence (either an unexpired foreign passport OR Form I-94 Arrival Record)
Proof of Texas residency (such as a utility bill, rental/lease agreement, or homeowners or renters insurance card)
Proof of identity (such as your unexpired passport and H4 visa)
Social Security Number OR a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) explaining that you aren’t eligible for an SSN (you can get one of these by bringing your passport, visa, and I-94 form to an SSA office)
Proof of
Texas car insurance
and vehicle registration
  1. Provide your signature and thumbprints
  2. Have your picture taken
  3. Pay the application fee
  4. Pass the vision test
  5. Take and pass any required knowledge or driving tests
Keep in mind: You might also have to prove that you completed an Impact Texas Driver (ITD) and adult Driver Education course. 
Whew! It’s a lot, but it’s worth it to
hit the road in Texas
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