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What browsers are compatible with TxDOT electronic forms?

TxDOT recommends using Internet Explorer with the electronic forms. Some versions of Firefox and Safari may open these forms. The Chrome browser is compatible with the forms when you follow Adobe's recommendations to adjust Chrome's default setting.

Can mobile devices open online forms?

Ensure you have the latest PDF viewer available from your device's app store.

Form iPhone/iPad Android Windows Phone
Fillable no no yes
Non-Fillable yes yes yes
What should I do if I cannot open or view an online form?

You may need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some of the content on our website. It's important that you uninstall prior versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader before downloading and installing the latest free version.


What should I do if the form looks like it has loaded but does not open?

If this happens, refresh your Web browser. If that fails, make sure you have Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher installed properly. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it free.

How can I bypass opening the form in the Web browser and download it directly to my desktop or hard drive?

PC - Microsoft Windows

Use the "Save Target As..." option to download the PDF file directly to your hard drive:

  • Go to the page containing the link of the form you are trying to save.
  • Move your mouse pointer over the link on the page.
  • Right click (or left click if your mouse is configured for left-handed operation) on the link.
  • Click on "Save Target As..." when presented with a menu.
  • Select a location on your PC to save the file.

Apple Mac OS

Use the "Save Linked File to 'Downloads'" option to download the PDF file directly to your hard drive:

  • Go to the page containing the link of the form you are trying to save.
  • Move your mouse pointer over the link on the page.
  • Right click on the link
  • Click "Save Linked File to 'Downloads'" when presented with a menu.
  • Click or launch Finder open Downloads folder. File is saved as "GetForm.pdf."

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file after downloading. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it free.

When downloading a PDF form, my Web browser window says, "Done," but all I get is a blank screen. I already have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. What should I do?

If a PDF file appears as a blank window within your web browser after downloading, follow these steps to resolve the issue:

  • Click your browser's "Refresh" button.
  • Verify that you have the correct version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you are using a version prior to 7.0, upgrade to version 7.0 or later. You can download it free.
  • Try using the "Save Target As..." (or "Save Link As...") option to download the PDF file directly to your hard drive and bypass the Acrobat Reader plug-in. Read the FAQ on how to download a form to your hard drive.
  • For issues with your Web browser and Adobe Acrobat Reader, please see Adobe's Support Knowledgebase Technical Support Note No. 328233 for possible solutions. For other possible solutions to issues specific to Internet Explorer, please see Microsoft Support Online.
When I download a PDF form, I get a message that the PDF file is damaged or corrupted. Is your file damaged?

All of our PDF files are verified prior to posting on the Web site. It's likely your download was not successful. Exit your browser and try to download the file again. If you are still experiencing problems, please try possible solutions addressed by Questions 1-4 before calling forms system support at (866) 560-4755.

When I tried to download a PDF form, I got a message asking me what application to use. I selected Word (or another program). Now all I see are weird symbols when I look at the file. What can I do?

The easiest way to fix your problem, is to install Adobe Acrobat Reader. Once the installation is complete, your computer will no longer use Word to view the PDF file. Your computer will use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files instead.

When printing some forms in PDF format all the words run together with no spaces between them; however, everything looks fine on the screen. What is causing this?

There are a variety of reasons that could cause a PDF file not to print properly. Please see Adobe's Support Knowledgebase on troubleshooting printing problems.

This issue can often be resolved by obtaining and installing the most recent print driver available for your particular make and model printer. Most printer manufacturers provide free printer driver updates from their Web sites.

How do I find out which version of Adobe Reader I use?

Locate the Acrobat Reader program on your machine and open the program (you probably have an icon on your desktop for Acrobat Reader that you can double-click). Click on the "Help" menu item at the top of the Acrobat Reader window. Select "About Acrobat Reader" from the menu options. A window will appear that displays the version.

How do I open a form using an Apple computer?

Firefox Procedures

  1. Go to the web page for the PDF form you want to open.
  2. Click the mini-Adobe PDF icon .
  3. You should get a small pop-up that asks what you want Firefox to do.
  4. Select "Open with".
  5. Change the "Preview (default)" setting to "Adobe Reader.app."
  6. Select "OK".
    • The form will download to your "Downloads" folder by default.
    • Adobe Reader will automatically open the form.
  7. A pop-up will appear asking, "Would you like to make PDF files open with Adobe Reader instead of Preview?"
    • Select "Yes."

From now on, Adobe Reader will open PDF files instead of Preview.

Safari Procedures

  1. Go to the web page for the PDF form you want to open.
  2. Click the mini-Adobe PDF icon .
  3. Download the PDF to your desktop (or prefered location).
  4. A pop-up window will appear that states, "To view the full contents of this document, you need a later version of the PDF viewer"¦,".
  5. Hover your mouse over the bottom-middle of the page. Four options will appear:
    • Zoom Out
    • Zoom In
    • Open PDF in Preview
    • Save PDF to Download Folder
  6. Select, "Save PDF to Download Folder".
  7. Open the Finder application.
  8. Select the "Downloads" folder.
  9. Right-click "GetForm.pdf".
  10. Highlight "Open With".
  11. Select "Adobe Reader."
  12. Adobe Reader will open the form automatically. A pop-up message will appear asking, "Would you like to make PDF files open with Adobe Reader instead of Preview?"
  13. Select "Yes".

From now on, Adobe Reader will open PDF files instead of Preview.

Alternative Method

Visit Adobe PDF support for more information.

When I open a PDF form in my Web browser, the form will not open and I get a message that I need to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. However, I already have the latest version installed. What should I do?

Internet Explorer

Repair your installation from your Adobe Reader application menu bar.

Chrome and Firefox

Current browsers include a built-in PDF viewer that is not compatible with some PDF forms. Modify your browser settings to use Adobe Reader rather than the built-in PDF viewer.