Questions about Parent-Taught Drivers Ed in Texas (FAQs)
In order to get a Texas drivers license, your teen must complete 32 hours of formal drivers education. I Drive Safely’s pdrivers ed course fulfills that requirement.
Your teen needs to be at least 15 years old to get a Texas learners permit. They need to be at least 14 years old to do this course.
The TDLR requires that the drivers ed course be at least 32 hours, and stipulates that it can’t be completed in fewer than 16 days. Our course is designed so that students are only able to learn for a maximum of two hours a day. This ensures they are truly learning the content and not just clicking through to the end as fast as possible. The information in our course is broken up into units, each covering a specific topic regarding driving in Texas. After your teen completes each unit, they’ll be given a short multiple-choice quiz. At the end of the course, they will be given a 50-question final exam. They will successfully complete the course by passing with an 80% or greater.
- What’s the difference between the Texas parent-taught drivers ed course and the Texas TDLR-approved drivers ed course?
Parent-taught Drivers Ed
In parent-taught drivers ed, the class is led by the parent (or another qualified adult). Your teen will complete 32 hours of online instruction and 44 hours of in-car driving lessons with the parent instructor. You could choose to do the 7 hours of observation and 7 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with a local driving school. A parent or qualified adult would still need to do the 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice with your teen.
Our DPS/TDLR-approved instructor-led drivers ed course is offered online through our partner brand DriversEd.com. With this course, the student takes the 32-hour course online (same as parent-taught drivers ed), then they do the 7 hours of observation and 7 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with a driving instructor (instead of a parent instructor). A parent or qualified adult would still need to do the 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice with the teen.
For parent-taught drivers ed, the driving instructor can be any of the following:
- Foster Parent
- Legal guardian
- A parent, legal guardian, or a judge of a court with jurisdiction over the student can designate a person to instruct the course who is at least 25 years old and have seven years of driving experience
The instructor must have held a valid Texas driver license for the past three years. If the instructor held an out-of-state drivers license, they will need to provide a copy of their driving record from the last three years. Order a copy of you Driving Record to confirm eligibility to be an instructor.
Yes – our online course is DPS/TDLR-approved and meets all of the state’s requirements needed to get a Texas license.
To get their learner license (aka permit) your teen must:
- Be at least 15 years of age
- Have completed the first six hours of driver education (Level 1 of our course)
- Have received a Texas driver education certificate of completion (DE-964), which we will email once Level 1 of our course is completed and your teen passes their online permit exam (which they’ll take in our course).
Once your teen has met these requirements, you can take them to your local DPS office to get their permit! Be sure to bring all the required paperwork with you!
Your teen may work on our Texas online drivers ed course at their own pace. Keep in mind, however, that the state of Texas prohibits participants from finishing the course in less than 16 calendar days. And your teen must have held their permit for at least six months before they will be eligible to get a drivers license.
To get a license, your teen must have had their permit for six months and be 16 years old.
Once the specific requirements of the 32 hours of coursework and 44 hours of driving instruction have been met, your teen will be able to take their driving test and apply for a license.
When you take your teen to the DPS to get their license, you’ll need to bring the following:
- Drivers license application
- Texas Driver Education Certificate of Completion (DE-964 or DE-964E)
- ITTD completion certificate
- Evidence of successfully passing the driving test (The DPS allows you to take a driving test at a 3rd party provider, such as a driving school. If your teen took the driving test at a driving school, the results must be provided by the school in a sealed envelope and provided to DPS at the time you are applying for your license)
- Application fee
- Proof of Identity
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship or evidence of lawful presence
- Proof of Texas Residency
- Social Security Number
- Proof of Texas Vehicle Registration
- Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964 or DE-964E)
- Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE form) issued by a school, or a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
- Provide proof of Vehicle Insurance (if your teen will be taking the driving skills test at the DPS)
- Glasses or contacts (if needed) for the vision test
- Driving logs
No worries. You’re allowed to take the final as many times as you need to pass.
As soon as your teen completes the course, we will send them a certificate of completion via email.
Yes, when your teen completes the ITTD course, they will be sent a certificate that must be presented at the time of their driving test. It’s important to note that the certificate expires in 90 days. If they don’t take the driving test within that time, they will be required to complete the ITTD course again.
Yes; upon completion you will be sent a certificate that must be presented at the time of your road test. It’s important to note that your certificate expires in 90 days; if you fail to take your road test within that time, you will be required to complete the course ITTD again.
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