Texas DOT Driving Regulations

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    History

    • The Texas Department of Transportation was established in 1991 as a result of the mergers of the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation, the Texas Department of Aviation and the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission. According to the Texas Department of Transportation website, the agency's goals are to reduce traffic congestion, enhance a driver's safety while driving on roads, increase economic opportunities within the state, preserve Texas' transportation assets and improve Texas's air quality. The Texas Department of Transportation also oversees the state's aviation, rail and public transportation systems.

    Driver's License

    • Every driver in Texas must be licensed to operate a motor vehicle. If you're new to the state, you can exchange your out-of-state driver's license for a Texas driver's license. You have 30 days after moving to the state to make the exchange. You could be fined if caught driving with an out-of-state license and an out-of-state vehicle tag.

      Texas residents who are applying for a driver's license must provide their identification and vehicle registration and pay the appropriate fees to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Applicants who are 15 to 24 years old must complete a driver safety course that has been approved by the Texas Education Agency.

    Insurance Coverage

    • Texas requires every driver to have minimum liability insurance to operate a motor vehicle. The minimum coverage is $25,000 for injury or death of one person in one accident, $50,000 for injury or death of two people, and $25,000 for property damage in one accident. Your vehicle must be registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. You can register your vehicle online, by U.S. mail or in person. When registering your vehicle, you must submit proof of liability insurance.

    Rules of the Road

    • Texas drivers must abide by regulations when operating a motor vehicle. The regulations apply to traffic laws, speeding laws, and alcohol and drug laws. Failure to abide by these rules could result in fines, license revocation and jail time.
      It's against the law to drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Each driver must obey the posted speed limits.

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