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The most comprehensive parent taught drivers education course for Texas teenagers. Includes every lesson and tip you need to learn how to drive safely.
We help parents teach their teenagers and save thousands in the process. Everyone knows that parents are the best equipped to teach their kids how to drive.
To begin this course you must be at least 14 years old and have an eligible parent instructor. Keep in mind you will have to wait until you are 15 to get your learners permit and 16 to get license
From The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation:
The instructor must be the student’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian appointed by a court. A power of attorney is not considered a legal guardian. Additionally, 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;
does not charge a fee for conducting the course; and
has at least seven years of driving experience.
The instructor must have a valid driver license for the prior three years. If you held an out-of-state license during the past three years, you will be required to provide a copy of your driving record showing your three years of licensed driving history.
Instructors cannot have:
a conviction (including a probated sentence) of criminally negligent homicide
a conviction (including a probated sentence) of driving while intoxicated in the last seven years
had their driver license suspended, revoked or forfeited for traffic related violations in the past three years; or six or more points assigned to their driver license.
It is Your Responsibility to determine if your instructor is eligible, carefully review the requirements before proceeding with the course. If you do not have an eligible instructor send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll find a solution to help get you on the road!
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) requires you to purchase the PTDE packet. The packet must be purchased directly from TDLR (you can buy it here). Make sure to purchase this beforehand because DPS will not count any work you do in our course before you get your packet (they check the receipt to make sure)
In total you’ll need 44 behind-the-wheel hours to get your license, and you’ll be able to start working on them once you get your permit. 14 of the hours need to be with your official parent instructor. The other 30 hours (10 have to be at night) can be completed with a licensed adult that is at least 21.
While this course will help teach you the rules of driving, this course is still a Parent Taught Drivers Ed course. What does that mean? Well, you still need an eligible instructor to help you learn to drive in real life. There are some restrictions as to who can be an instructor, so read on and make sure whoever you have in mind can legally be your instructor.
It is your responsibility to determine if your instructor is eligible. If you do not have an eligible instructor send an email to email@example.com and we’ll find a solution to help get you on the road!
The Parent Taught Drivers Ed Packet is required to be purchased from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. This is a state requirement and needs to happen before you can continue the course. But don’t worry you can purchase the packet in under 5 minutes, completely online.
The easiest way is to purchase the packet online.
To get your learner license you’ll need to go to your local DPS office.
A learner license costs $16, this fee is paid to the DPS not ParentTaught.com. You can pay with a money order, cash, credit, or check.
With your instructor you’ll need to complete the following:
You’ll log these hours in your driving log. You can use the Driving Manager resource to assist you and your instructor.
Keep in mind you may not be instructed more than two hours in one day. These two hours can be made up of:
Two hours of classroom instruction; or
One hour of classroom instruction and one hour of in-car instruction or practice;
You may only complete one hour of behind-the-wheel instruction per day.
With any licensed driver over the age of 21 (or your instructor) you’ll need to complete the following:
You’ll log these hours in your driving log.
You may only complete one hour of behind-the-wheel instruction per day. So completing this requirement will take a minimum of 30 days.
The Impact Texas Teen Drivers program (ITTD) is a free, 2 hour informational video that shares the dangers of distracted driving along with real life stories of teens that have lost their lives. You have 90 days from the date you successfully complete the program to pass the driving skills exam. If you do not pass, you will be required to complete the program again. The course can be accessed from this web address: https://impacttexasdrivers.dps.texas.gov/ITTD/.
Make sure these steps are completed before you apply for your license:
If you meet the above requirements, schedule an appointment online.
To get your Provisional Driver License license you’ll need to go to your local DPS office.
A Provisional Driver License costs $16, this fee is paid to the DPS not ParentTaught.com. You can pay with a money order, cash, credit, or check.
When you are ready to apply for a provisional driver license and have completed all the learner license requirements, you will need to visit a driver license office and provide additional documentation.
You may complete the driving test requirements at the DL office or through a Third Party provider. Read about testing in other languages and driving test requirements.
Once your driver license has been issued, you will receive a temporary driver license. Before leaving the driver license office, review the printed information on your temporary driver license for accuracy. If any of the information is incorrect, notify the License and Permit Specialist. Your new card will arrive in the mail in approximately 2 – 3 weeks. To check the mailing status of your card, visit the DPS mailing status web page.
You are eligible to renew your driver license up to 30 days prior to the expiration date, which will occur on your 18th birthday. You are eligible to renew online by visiting https://www.dps.texas.gov/driver. The cost is the same as renewing at a driver license office. If you choose to renew in person before you turn 18, you will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you renew in person after your 18th birthday, you will no longer need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; however, you must make alternate transportation arrangements to visit your local driver license office, as it is a violation of state law to operate a motor vehicle with an expired driver license.