Is it illegal to talk on the phone while driving in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 4:15 pm
Woman driving while texting

We all know that talking on the phone and texting while driving is dangerous. Thanks to rapid improvements to in-car technology and infotainment offerings, many cars now make it easy to have hands-free access to smartphone apps so drivers can keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Though testing and calling while driving is understood to be a hazard, it’s not illegal in all areas. We break down the Texas driving safety laws related to phone use below.

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Someone texting while drivingTexas Driving Safety Laws

Cell Phone Use

While a hands-free option is best for making calls, the state of Texas has not outlawed talking on the phone or all drivers. Select drivers, including bus drivers, those with a learners permit, and those under 18 may not use a handheld phone while driving. Select cities throughout Texas have made all hands-on cell phone use illegal.


Starting in 2017, the state of Texas put a ban on texting, writing, or reading from a cell phone while driving.

While we do our best to keep our blog current, Texas driving laws can change at any time. Cities also have the option of enforcing their own set of laws which could be stricter than those set by the state of Texas. Use the information listed above as a guideline only and be sure to contact your local law enforcement for the most up-to-date information about the laws in your area.

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