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New Driver's License Law Affects Young Adults

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SHERMAN, TX -- A new Texas law, effective March first, changes the way driver's licenses are given to applicants between the ages of 18 and 24. Deeda Payton spoke to a trooper with Texas DPS about the new requirements.

Only a very small percentage of the population will be affected by the law. But, basically if you are between the ages of 18 and 24 and are applying for a driver's license for the first time, you must complete a driver's education course and a skill test to become a licensed driver in Texas.

The new requirements meant to improve safety target young drivers in Texas. However, this change does not affect applicants ages 15 to 17, who are still required to complete a driver education course to be licensed. It just pertains to 18 to 24 year olds who are applying for a driver's license for the first time. That group must complete a six hour, approved driver education course and a driving skills test to get a license, although they will not be required to take a written test on traffic laws.

"The way it used to work was you could take driver's ed or parent taught driver's ed when you were younger and still get your driver's license, but what's changed is the people from ages 18 to 24," said State Trooper, Mark Tackett.

Under this new law, a driving safety course or drug or alcohol driving awareness program are not acceptable as driver education courses for this requirement.

For more on the new curriculum or classes you can contact the Texoma Driving School at 903-892-9160. The new classes are expected to cost between $125 and $200.    

Texoma Driving School:

2024 Texoma Parkway
Sherman, TX 75090-2620
(903) 465-8414

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.