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The Texas Parent-Taught Driver’s Ed Online Course

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To get a driver’s license in the state of Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires teen drivers—anyone age 15 to 17—to take driver’s education to get their learner’s license and/or provisional license. Although driver’s education can be completed at a driving school, it can also be completed online, so long as it is an approved parent-taught driver’s education program. The American Safety Council® offers a DPS-approved Texas parent-taught driver’s education online course, which is available at TexasDrivingSchool.com.

Texas Driver’s Education for Teens

If you are a first-time teen driver between the age of 15 to 17, you must take a driver’s education course. Teens can also start their driver’s education at age 14, but they cannot take the test for the learner’s permit until they are 15 years of age.

You have three options for driver’s education in Texas, all of which must be approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). You must complete one of the following educational courses to obtain a learner’s license, a minor restricted driver’s license or a provisional license:

  • A traditional driver’s education course, which can be taken at a driver’s training school
  • A driver’s education course, which can be taken through a public school
  • Parent-taught driver’s education (PTDE), which can be completed online

Getting Started with Parent-Taught Driver’s Ed in Texas

The Texas Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Online Course is TDLR-approved and will fulfill the educational course requirement. If you choose this option, however, you must fill out and submit a form to the TDLR to obtain a Texas Parent-Taught Driver’s Education (PTDE) Packet.

What Is Included in the Packet?

The packet will guide you through your entire parent-taught driver’s education, and you cannot take the online course without obtaining the packet. TexasDrivingSchool.com does not provide the packet, so you must get it through the TDLR to get started on your parent-taught driver’s ed course. The information included in the packet, which will help you through your online driver’s ed, include the following:

  • Legal forms, which the student and parent or legal guardian must sign and agree to before starting a parent-taught program
  • Guidelines for completing the parent-taught program
  • Sample lesson plans to help prepare the student for the online exam
  • A required list of instructional topics that must be covered over the course of the program

Once you receive the packet, you can sign up for the Texas Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Online Course. In addition to the packet, you should download or request the Texas Driver Handbook from the Texas DPS, or you can download it here. It is free and accessible for any Texas driver and will be helpful for students.

Sign Up for the Parent-Taught Education Course

American Safety Council, the provider of the Texas Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Online Course, is a leading source for online driver’s education and provides a government-regulated, convenient course for anyone wanting to learn from home at their own pace.

Why Take the Parent-Taught Education Course at TexasDrivingSchool.com?

  • Affordable pricing—Our driver’s education course is fast, easy and affordable.
  • Flexible learning—Instead of spending your free time at driving school, students can do their courses anywhere at any time.
  • Access on the go—Students can take the course on any device, including laptops, phones and tablets.
  • Customer support, 24/7—Have questions, concerns or technical difficulties? Our experts are available at all times.
  • Updated technology—Your course work is automatically saved each time students log in and log out.
  • No hassles—Take the TexasDrivingSchool.com DPS-approved permit test online instead of in person.
  • Automatic passing—With unlimited quiz attempts, students should have no problem passing the course.
  • Efficient delivery—When the course is complete, the final certificate is emailed to the student in a downloadable format.
  • Customer satisfaction—Not satisfied with the course? There is a money-back guarantee.*
  • TDLR-approval—Our course is approved by TDLR—course #113—and accepted by the Texas DPS.

What Is Included in American Safety Council’s Online Course?

  • Twelve modules, each covering a different topic
  • A quiz at the end of each module to ensure the student has learned—and understands—the information
  • Course timers, which monitor student progress and ensure they fulfill the required learning hours
  • The option to take the permit exam online instead of in-person at a DPS office
  • A final examination, after which, the student will have completed their driver’s ed requirements

What Lessons Will the Course Cover?

It is important for teen drivers to understand traffic signs, rules of the road and safety protocols, all of which will be explained in detail throughout the Texas Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Online Course. To ensure that students are prepared for their driving lessons and eventually, their driver’s license, the online course will teach them the following:

  • Rules of the road in the state of Texas
  • How to understand traffic signs and signals
  • The dangers of distracted driving, as well as texting while driving
  • How to drive in various kinds of weather
  • What safety precautions must be taken to prevent accidents
  • The importance of car maintenance
  • How to practice safe driving techniques

How Long Does the Course Take?

Because the course is online, you have 24/7 access to the information and can spend more time learning and practicing. This allows the flexibility to view the material at any time, from any device. However, consider the following time stipulations for parent-taught driver’s education:

  • The state of Texas requires the online course to include 32 hours of online instruction, which can be completed at your own pace.
  • The first module takes six hours to complete, after which the student can take the permit exam and apply for a learner’s license.
  • TDLR prohibits students from completing the classroom portion of the program in fewer than 16 days.

Register for the Parent-Taught Driver’s Ed Course Today

Sign up for the TexasDrivingSchool.com Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Course safely and quickly, with no hassles. Your information will be protected, and when you pay the fee, you can begin the first module as soon as you want.

What Is Required to Complete Texas Parent-Taught Driver’s Ed?

To complete parent-taught education, there must be a minimum of 76 hours of instruction time, broken down by the following requirements:

  • Classroom lessons (32 hours)—or online learning, fulfilled by the TexasDrivingSchool.com online course
  • Behind-the-wheel training (44 hours):
    • In-car observation with the student as a passenger (at least seven hours)
    • Behind-the-wheel driving supervised by the eligible parent or legal guardian or authorized instructor (at least seven hours)
    • Behind-the-wheel driving (Additional 30 hours, 10 of which must be at night)
  • Passing score of 70% or higher on all module quizzes
  • Passing score of 70% or higher on a 20-question final exam

You have completed the first module. What’s next?

  • You will be given the option of taking the online permit exam, instead of going into the DPS office and taking the written permit exam.
  • If you pass the online exam, the DE-964E 6-Hour Permit Qualification Certificate will be emailed to you within three days of completion. Take this form to the DPS office to apply for a learner’s permit.

You have completed the whole course. What’s next?

  • We will email you a downloadable version of your completion certificate. You may have to wait five to seven business days for the certificate to arrive.
  • Once you have completed the Texas Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Online Course at TexasDrivingSchool.com, you have fulfilled your written test requirements.
Teenager learning to drive

Applying for and Obtaining a Texas Learner’s Permit

After completing the first module of the Texas Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Online Course, you can apply for a learner’s license at your local Department of Public Safety (DPS) office. You are not required to pass the in-person written knowledge test if you have already taken the Texas learner’s permit exam through TexasDrivingSchool.com.

Present the following information at the DPS office:

  • Licensing fees
  • Proof of US citizenship, Texas legal residency, identification, social security number and age (you must be at least age 15)
  • Application for a driver’s license or identification card (form DL-14A)
  • Proof you completed the classroom component and passed the permit exam—if taken online, you must present the DE-964E 6-Hour Permit Qualification Certificate
  • Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form, which proves you are enrolled in a school or have received your GED or high school diploma
  • PTDE packet forms, if you are taking parent-taught education

Applying for and Obtaining a Texas Provisional License

After earning a learner’s license, the next step is earning a provisional license. This is a restricted license for drivers between the age of 16 and 18.

To apply for a provisional license in the state of Texas, a teen driver must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete all classroom learning requirements
  • Complete all on-the-road driving requirements
  • Earn and maintain a valid learner’s license for at least six months
  • Complete the Impact Texas Drivers (ITD) requirement

In addition to all of the above, the teen driver must pass the driving test and provide the right information before graduating to the Texas provisional license, which will expire when the driver turns 18.

What Should Parents Know Before Starting Parent-Taught Driver’s Education?

  • The parent should expect to prepare, in advance, for the 32 hours of classroom learning.
  • The parent will be expected to monitor the behind-the-wheel driving practice to ensure the student fulfills all requirements, and the parent should log the driving lessons on the TDLR Behind-the-Wheel Instruction Log.
  • The parent should not instruct for more than two hours in one day.
  • The student should not drive for more than one hour per day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to take a parent-taught education course?

You do not need to take it, but parent-taught education fulfills both the education requirements and the on-the-road driving requirements in the state of Texas, so any teen between the age of 14 and 17 seeking a learner’s license or driver’s license in Texas should sign up. If you are over the age of 18, you are not eligible for this course.

How much does the Parent-Taught Driver’s Education (PTDE) packet cost?

It costs $20.00, and you can pay by check, credit card, or money order. Packets can be requested online or in person from the TDLR. This fee is paid to the state and therefore unrelated to the parent-taught driver’s education course.

Can you use the same packet for more than one child?

No, each child needs their own packet from the TDLR.

If you order the packet, when will you receive it?

If you send in a paper form or if you pay for the packet by check or money order, it can take up to three weeks to arrive from the TDLR. Otherwise, you can download it right away.

Does the parent-taught program have to be taught by a parent?

No, not necessarily. The TDLR states that an instructor can be a parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian. Also, a parent, legal guardian or judge can designate a person to be the instructor if they fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • 25 years old or older
  • At least seven years of driving experience
  • Must not charge a fee for the course

Is there any reason why somebody would be ineligible to teach the parent-taught program?

If any of the following pertain to you, according to the TDLR, you are not qualified to teach parent-taught driver’s education:

  • A conviction of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in the past seven years
  • A conviction of criminal negligent homicide, regardless of probation
  • Six or more points on your driving record
  • A license that has been suspended, forfeited or revoked in the past three years

Do I have to complete the whole course before getting a learner’s license?

No. You only have to complete the first module before applying for your learner’s license.

Does the permit exam cost extra?

The permit exam is considered an upgrade and is not purchased separately. Students can sign up for the permit exam in advance.

What is the difference between a learner’s license, a minor restricted license and a provisional license?

  • Learner’s license—Also known as an instruction permit and the first phase of the Graduated Driver (GDL) program—Learner’s licenses allow teen drivers between age 15 and 16 to drive if they are accompanied by a 21-year-old or older adult driver with at least one year of driving experience.
  • Minor Restricted Driver’s License (MRDL)—Also known as a hardship license—MRDLs are available for any eligible teen between the age of 15 to 16 who can establish a necessity to drive without an adult present. Minors may be eligible if any of the following are true:
    • Failure to receive a MRDL causes unusual economic hardship on the minor’s family.
    • There is an illness in the family that requires the minor to have a MRDL.
    • The minor is enrolled in a Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) program, which requires participants in the program to have a license.
  • A Provisional License—Also known as the second phase of the GDL program—a provisional license is a restricted license for any driver under the age of 18 who has completed all required steps to earning this license (which are listed above).

What does the Impact Texas Drivers (ITD) Program consist of?

The program is broken into two categories:

  • Impact Texas Young Drivers Program (ITYD)
  • Impact Texas Teen Drivers Program (ITTD)

The latter is a free, two-hour informational video intended for any driver between the age of 15 and 17 who has completed a teen driver’s education course or a parent-taught driver’s education course. Texas DPS now requires teen drivers to watch the video before earning their provisional license. The video shows the impact—and destruction—that distracted driving can cause.

What do you need to know for the driving test?

Once a student has received a learner’s license, they should begin their driving lessons right away. The state of Texas requires a minimum of 44 hours of on-the-road driving, but the more the student practices, the better. To prepare for the road test, parents should ensure that the student practices the following:

  • Three-point turns—often referred to as U-turns
  • Accelerating and braking
  • Using turn signals
  • Checking mirrors and looking over the shoulder
  • Parking in various positions, including parallel parking
  • Highway driving, which includes merging into traffic
  • Backing up in a straight line
  • Obeying speed limits
  • Reading traffic signs

Sources:

Texas Department of Public Safety: http://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-7.pdf

Texas Department of Public Safety: https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/teenDriver.htm

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/driver/files/Texas%2030-Hour%20Behind-the-Wheel%20Log.pdf

License.state.tx.us: https://www.license.state.tx.us/driver/forms/DL92.pdf 

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/ParentTaught/PT_GUIDE_PDF_01.aspx?token=EAAAAM1R4qf-nFQ5VwWo1aRGSDbxnnWYEt4WKqiLiWrWWBuP

Texas Department of Public Safety: https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/gdl.htm

Texas Department of Public Safety: https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/ITD.htm

Texas Department of Public Safety: https://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-60.pdf

*American Safety Council will provide a full refund within 60 days of registration if the student has not completed the online final examination.