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Individuals who meet the following criteria may drive a motor vehicle in Texas.
Residents:
• Texas residents who have a valid Texas driver license
• New Texas residents who are properly licensed have 90 days, after entry into Texas, to secure a Texas driver license
• Any person, while driving or operating any road machine, farm tractor, or implement of husbandry temporarily operated or
moved on a highway is exempt from having a Texas license, unless the vehicle is a commercial motor vehicle
Nonresidents:
• Any nonresident who is at least 16 years of age and possesses a valid driver license issued in the nonresident’s home state or
Canadian province. Nonresidents at least 16 years of age who meet these criteria may drive a vehicle permitted to be operated
with a Class C or Class M driver license in Texas
• Nonresidents who are at least 18 years of age may drive any vehicle in Texas if they are legally licensed to drive such a vehicle in
their home state or country, and the home state or country grants like recognition (reciprocity) to citizens of Texas
Military:
• The driver of an official U.S. or state military service motor vehicle may drive a vehicle without a valid Texas driver license,
unless the vehicle is a commercial motor vehicle
• A nonresident on active duty in the U.S. armed forces, the member’s spouse, or dependent child who has a valid
license issued by his/her home state
• Any person on active military duty who holds a valid driver license issued by the U.S. armed forces in a foreign
country may drive a motor vehicle in Texas for 90 days from the date of their return to the U.S.
• Unless a license is suspended, cancelled, revoked or denied, a Texas driver license held by any person who enters
or who is in the U.S. armed forces will remain valid as long as the:
– Service continues; and
– Person remains absent from Texas and the absence does not exceed 90 days from the date the licensee is honorably separated
from service or returns to Texas

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