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eGuide for International Students

 
 
 

DRIVING IN THE UNITED STATES

The Texas Department of Public Safety allows you to use your driving license from your country for one year, but it is recommended that you do not drive until you study the driving handbook and are familiar with Texas rules. After one year from the day of your arrival into the United States you should have a Texas driver's license.

INSURANCE

All owners of automobiles are required by Texas law to carry insurance. Liability insurance, the required minimum insurance, covers only the vehicle of the other party with whom you are involved in an accident. It does not cover any damage to you or your car.

INSPECTION

You are also required by Texas law to have an annual Texas state inspection for your car. This inspection ensures that your car is in safe operating condition.

IF AN ACCIDENT HAPPENS

If an accident occurs on campus, you should notify the Brookhaven College Police Department located in Building B, Room B200, 972-860-4190. When dialing from an on-campus telephone, you need to dial only four digits: 4190.

If the accident occurs off campus, you must call the police if someone is injured in the accident. If no one is injured, you do not have to call the police but be sure to get the name, address, telephone number and insurance information of the other person involved in the accident. Always remember to call your insurance company immediately to report the accident.

ADULT DRIVER EDUCATION AND SAFETY COURSE

According to Texas law, the Department may not issue a driver license to a person who is under 25 years of age unless the person successfully completes an approved driver education course. Teens and young adults under 25 may meet this requirement by completing courses offered by licensed driver education schools, through public schools, or the parent-taught program.

The Parent Taught Driver Education (PTDE) program is offered by the Department for parents, and other family members, who wish to provide instruction to their teen driver(s). Can’t decide if you want to be the instructor? View our checklist for the differences between parent taught and licensed/public school driver education programs.

HOW TO GET A DRIVER'S LICENSE OR A TEXAS IDENTIFICATION CARD

Texas Department of Public Safety Office
City of Carrollton
2625 Old Denton Road, Suite 464
972-245-5800

If you would like just a Texas identification card (useful for cashing checks), you do not need to do anything except take your passport to the Texas Department of Public Safety Office.