New drivers license test to combat distracted driving

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas drivers applying for a drivers license may have to take a new test.

Now, applicants 18 and older are required to take a driving skills test and a one-hour distracted driving awareness course.

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The course is free and uses research and stories to highlight the risks of distracted driving.

This requirement does not apply if you are simply renewing a Texas license, or if you are over the age of 18 and have a valid license from another state.

Since 2015, 16 and 17-year-old drivers have been required to complete a specific distracted driving course for teen drivers.

There is a waiting period for the test.

Teens must hold a valid learners or hardship license for at least six months prior to getting a license.

Starting next year, the Department of Public Safety will introduce a course targeting adult drivers 25 and older.

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