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Driver's License and Texas Tags

Are you about to change your license to a Texas license? If so, you'll need to switch over your driver's license and car tags in the following order:

  1. First, have your car inspected at local gas station - Locate a local oil-change or gas station. After your car has passed its inspection, make sure to save the green inspection paper -- you're going to need to present this inspection certificate to the Tax Assessor/Collector's office (for your car tags).

  2. Second, visit the local Tax Assessor's office - You'll need to bring your green inspection certificate, proof of insurance, and your car's registration to the Tax Assessor's office in order to receive your Texas tags. If you're from out-of-state, bring cash (as much as $170) to pay for your tags. Often, an ATM will be located at the Tax Assessor office. After you receive your car tags, locate the local the Department of Motor Vehicles -- ask the Tax Assessor/Collector's office for the nearest DMV location (they'll usually give you a map). Now, you're ready for your Texas driver's license!

  3. Lastly, obtaining a driver's license from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles - Upon arriving at the DMV, you'll need approx. $24, a valid out-of-state license, proof of social security (Social Security Card), birth certificate, and the paper work from the Tax Assessor's office. There is an online DMV locator map at the Texas Department of Public Safety.

That's it! If you don't follow this order, you'll waste quite a lot of time. In any case, your new Texas driver's license should arrive about 30 days after you've applied. :+)

By the way, if you get a traffic ticket and are eligible to take the driver's education course, you may want to use the services of TX Driving (online) or Improv's traffic school (in Addison). However, check with your police department to find out more information concerning defensive driver's schools and to gain official permission. Lastly, there is more driver license information online at the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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