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Texas Drivers License Endorsements

Texas Drivers License Endorsements

In most situations, drivers license endorsements are used for granting you additional driving privileges without having you to apply for a different type of drivers license. Most of the Texas driver's license endorsements apply to commercial drivers licenses and thus won't be useful to those who currently hold a regular class C license. However, there are exceptions to this trend, such as a motorcycle endorsement. A motorcycle endorsement can be added to any regular drivers license.

Texas Driver License Endorsement Codes

Keep in mind that the list of Texas driver's license endorsements that is presented here is not full and you may always contact the Department of Public Safety for more details regarding any specific endorsement.

  • H - Hazardous materials - CDL only
  • N - Tank vehicle - CDL only
  • P - Passenger - CDL only
  • S - School Bus - CDL only
  • T - Double/triple trailer (CDL and non CDL)
  • X - Combination of hazardous materials and tank vehicle - CDL only

To get the HazMat endorsement, you must pass a written test based on the information in Section 9 of the Texas CDL drivers manual. You also will need a tank vehicle endorsement if you transport hazardous products in a cargo tank. If you apply for an original or renewal HazMat endorsement, you must undergo a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) federal security threat assessment (background records check). You start the TSA background records check after you apply for your CDL at DPS, successfully complete all appropriate law tests, and submit a valid medical form. You must submit fingerprints, a fee, and any additional required information to one of TSA’s designated agents.

Texas Motorcycle Endorsement

You can either add a motorcycle endorsement to your existing Texas drivers license or apply for a separate motorcycle driver's license if you do not currently hold a regular license. The application process is very similar to that of applying for a regular license - you will have to take a separate Texas permit test, get a permit, than pass the Texas driver's test and get your motorcycle drivers license. The permit test will be somewhat different from the regular one and will emphasize the regulations that apply to motorcycles. You may wish to take a few Texas practice drivers tests to see if you are prepared for the exam. Signing up for a Texas drivers education class is also not a bad idea if you have not competed the class yet.

Texas License Restrictions

Apart from granting you additional driving privileges with these driver license endorsements, the DPS may also slap some restrictions onto your license. Texas driver's license restrictions are used to discourage or prevent you from driving under certain conditions, for example, if you take the driving test on a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission, you are not allowed to drive a vehicle that is equipped with a regular manual gear shifter.

If you have questions about any specific Texas drivers license endorsement, please contact your local DPS office for assistance.

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