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Affordable  & Easily Accessible

Our goal is to provide an affordable and easily accessible program that anyone can purchase and use. We don’t believe a necessity such as teaching your teen how to drive should cost you an arm and a leg.

Affordable  & Easily Accessible

Our goal is to provide an affordable and easily accessible program that anyone can purchase and use. We don’t believe a necessity such as teaching your teen how to drive should cost you an arm and a leg.

Texas Approved

This Course is approved and meets all required State Standards. It has been assigned Course #117.

Ages 14 - 17

Begin working through this Course with your teenager as early as age 14!

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Convenient

This Course is in a downloadable PDF file format and makes it easy to work around your busy schedule.

Program Steps At-a-Glance

Determine Eligibility

Parent instructors with criminal and driver records need to contact DPS prior to requesting the PTDE Program Guide to determine Eligibility.

PURCHASE THE COURSE

After you have determined elibiility and have read the Program requirements, you may purchase the Parent Taught Drivers Education Course.

START TEACHING

With the Course purchased, you can now begin teaching your teenager with the TDLR-Approved Parent Taught Drivers Education Course.

OBTAIN LEARNER LICENSE

While working through the Course, you may assist your student in obtaining a learner license at a DPS Facility.

COMPLETE COURSE

Complete the 32 hours of classroom instruction and 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with your student.

OBTAIN PROVISIONAL LICENSE

Once the Course is completed, you may assist your student in obtaining a provisional license at a DPS Facility.

Education Roles & Responsibilities

 

 By signing up for the Parent Taught Drivers Education (PTDE) Course, the parent instructor takes charge of driver education for the teen driver by working with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and a TDLR-approved PTDE Course Provider. Below are the four key participants that are involved in PTDE and the roles they perform.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Provides an Online Driver Record Request System to allow a parent to verify whether the parent is eligible to teach a student based on the parent’s criminal and driver records

  • Verifies the parent instructor’s driving record when it processes the student’s:

    – Learner license; and

    – Provisional license

  • Recognizes TDLR’s Parent Taught Driver Education Program as an alternative to conventional driver education that will satisfy training requirements for obtaining a driver permit or license

  • Issues driver permits and driver licenses

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR)
  • Operates the Parent Taught Driver Education Program

  • Sells the Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide

  • Licenses and regulates driver education course providers

  • Approves driver education course materials

A TDLR-Approved course provider
  • Creates and sells course materials for use by a parent instructor to teach the student

  • Issues a Texas Driver Education Certificate of Completion, which must be provided to DPS for a student to get a learner license and a provisional license

A parent, legal guardian, or designee
  • Checks whether he or she is eligible to be a parent instructor

  • Purchases a Parent Taught Driver Educa on Program Guide from TDLR

  • Chooses a TDLR-approved Parent Taught Driver Education course provider

  • Purchases a Parent Taught Driver Education course directly from a course provider

  • Completes the classroom and behind-the-wheel course of instruction for the student

  • Ensures the student passes the written exam at a DPS facility

  • Assists the student in obtaining a learner license at a DPS facility

  • Assists the student in obtaining a provisional license at a DPS facility