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Teens in our parent-taught course or individuals participating in our self-taught online option are able to take the state-approved education courses on their own time and their own terms. Even if you’re an adult, TexasDrivingSchool.com offers an adult driving course to get you out on the road.
Texas Driver’s Ed: Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take the parent-taught driver’s ed course?
Our Texas parent-taught driver’s ed is available to students between the ages of 14 and 17 who can be taught at home under the supervision of a qualified parent or legal guardian. Students who are 14 years old are eligible to complete the first module of this course. They can continue the course and apply for a learner’s permit at age 15.
Who can be a driver’s ed instructor?
A driver’s ed student’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian may teach the parent-taught course if eligible. An adult with power of attorney is not sufficient. No other relative that those listed is permitted as an instructor.
In order to be an eligible instructor, the adult must have:
- Not had his/her driver’s license suspended or revoked in the past three years
- Less than six (6) points on his/her driving record
- Held a valid driver’s license for the past three years (individuals who lived outside Texas during any part of the last three years must bring the certified abstract driving record from their former state when the student applies for a license)
- No Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated convictions or have received a probated sentence for DWI, DUI or Criminally Negligent Homicide
- Not be disabled due to mental illness
Before signing up, instructors who are not sure if they meet the requirements should check their criminal record and driving record. If the TDLR determines the instructor is ineligible, none of the instruction will count and the student will not be issued a license.
This course is approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and fulfills requirements for for driver education in Texas. The parent-taught option is an alternative to classroom instruction and can be completed at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.
How do I complete the parent-taught course?
To begin a parent-taught driver’s education course, the parent or legal guardian must complete the Parent-Taught Driver Education (P.T.D.E) packet from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Then, the student receives their packet, reviews all of the materials and starts the course.
When the student completes the first unit and is at least 15 years old, they can apply for a learner’s permit. To apply, the student and parent/legal guardian bring the appropriate forms and documentation to the Texas Department of Public Safety office.
This information is included in the PTDE packet along with all of the necessary forms and the instructions needed to correctly complete them.
How long does the parent-taught driver’s ed course take?
The parent-taught course is 32 hours of online instruction, including six hours to complete the first module. Students can apply for a learner’s permit after completing the first module. Within three days, they receive a permit qualification certificate to take to the DMV when applying.
How do I get my PTDE packet?
There are two ways to request a PTDE packet:
- CLICK HERE to request a packet online. This option costs $20 payable by credit card.
- CLICK HERE for our online request form. The form must be printed and mailed with a $20 check or money order to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation at:
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
PO Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711-2157
Am I eligible to take an online driver’s ed course?
Texas residents between the ages of 14-17 are eligible for the online driver’s ed course. Students who are 14 years old may complete up to the first six-hour module. Students age 15 or older can work past the first module and earn a learner’s permit.
How long does take to complete the online driver’s ed course?
The online driver’s ed course lasts 32 hours–the state’s minimum requirement. Students have 180 days from your registration date to complete the online course.
When can I start the online driver’s ed course?
You can get started on your course immediately after registration.
When can I apply for a permit?
To apply for a permit, a student must be 15 years old and have completed the first module of either the online parent-taught or self-taught courses.
Those taking the parent-taught course have the option of purchasing and taking the learner’s permit exam online. The Texas Online Driver’s Ed course includes the learner’s permit exam within the program.
What forms should I bring to the DPS office when applying for a learner’s permit?
When applying for a permit in-person at the DPS office, the student should bring these forms:
- Documents proving residency and proper identification
- Verification of Enrollment
- Certificate of Completion for Module 1 (DE-964E Certificate)
- Driver Education Affidavit (DL-90A)
- Classroom Instruction Log (DL-91A)
How do I get my completion certificate?
Student either receive a free completion certificate in the mail 5-7 business days after submission or are emailed a downloadable version.
Texas DPS: www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/teenDriver.htm