Parent-Taught Teen Driver Education Questions

Is this course required to get my permit or license?

If you are between the ages of 14 and 17, you need to meet Texas state driver education requirements to apply for a permit or license. The parent-taught driver ed program is an alternative to classroom instruction, and can be completed at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home and neighborhood, with a qualified parent or legal guardian.

How do I complete the Parent-Taught Driver Education course?

Parent-Taught Drivers Ed beings with a parent or legal guardian completing the Parent-Taught Driver Education (P.T.D.E) Program Guide from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Upon receipt of the guide and review of the materials within it, the student can begin the online driver education course.

>After students complete the first unit, they can apply for a Texas Driver's Permit if they are 15 years or older. A Learner's Driver Permit, also known as an Instructional Permit or Learner's License, is required in order to start behind-the-wheel training and concurrent course instruction.

To apply for a permit, the student and parent/legal guardian must bring all appropriate forms and documentation to the Texas Department of Public Safety office. This information, including all of the necessary forms and the instructions for how and when to complete them, is included in the program guide you receive from the TDLR.

How do I get my Parent-Taught Driver Education Program Guide

To request a PTDE program guide, there are two options:

  1. Request the guide online at the following link: This method includes a $20.00 fee payable by credit card.
  2. Fill out the following request form and mail it with a $20.00 check or money order payable to: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
PO Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711-2157

When can I apply for a drivers permit?

If you are 15 and have completed your first unit of the driver ed course, you must bring the required forms to the DPS and pass a written DPS test in order to obtain your Texas drivers permit.

Do I get a certificate to take to the DMV after I complete the first unit?

The DE-964E 6-Hour Permit Qualification Certificate is sent to students via e-mail within 3 days of completing Module 1 of the Parent-Taught Driver Education course. Students will use this certificate as proof of Module 1 completion when applying for a Learner's Permit at the DMV.

Is this course an approved Texas parent-taught driver education course?

Yes. This course is offered by the American Safety Council, a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation approved provider of parent-taught driver education (P.T.D.E).

What behind-the-wheel training do I need to get a driver's license?

Teens need to complete a total of 44 hours of actual driver training under the observation of their qualified parent or legal guardian. This includes 7 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, 7 hours of in-car observation and 20 hours of behind-the-wheel practice (10 of which need to be at night) before applying for a Texas driver license.

Is this course an approved Texas parent-taught driver education course?

Yes this course is offered by the American Safety Council, a Texas TDLR approved provider of parent taught driver education (P.T.D.E).

How long is the course?

The course is a state-required minimum of 32 hours of online instruction.

Do I have to complete the driver ed in one sitting?

No, you can log on and off as needed. The course saves your progress.

How will I get my certificate?

Your certificate of completion will be processed the same day you graduate. Please allow 7-10 business days for delivery.

What is the minimum age requirement to take the parent-taught driver education in Texas?

You have to be a minimum of 14 years of age to start the program.

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