Yes. Texas law requires persons under 18 years of age to successfully complete a state-approved course in driver education before they are eligible to receive driver licenses.
Yes. There are three methods:
- LICENSED DRIVER TRAINING SCHOOLS: The Driver Training Division regulates commercial (licensed) schools and can provide information on the driver education programs provided through them.
- PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Public schools, education service centers, colleges, and universities may offer driver education programs. You can view a listing of the public schools that have DE programs at the Active Public Driver Education School List.
- PARENT TAUGHT DRIVER EDUCATION COURSES: The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for the parent taught driver education program.
Each school establishes a fee schedule for the costs of their programs. BUT WE ARE THE LOWEST THAT YOU WILL FIND WITH QUALITY INSTRUCTORS.
The classroom phase of a driver education course is at least 32 hours (32, 40, or 56 hours in public schools) which cannot be completed in less than 16 days. The in-car phase consists of 7 hours of behind-the-wheel driving, 7 hours of in-car observation, and an additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving – of which 10 hours must be done at night.
The additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving will be monitored by the parent or guardian and are not required to be provided by a licensed driver education school. However, the hours must be completed in the presence of an adult who holds a valid license, is 21 or older, has at least one year of driving experience, and occupying the seat next to the driver.
5. If I am absent for a day or two from a commercial driver education school, may I get an excused absence and miss those classes?
No. To obtain a Texas driver license prior to the age of 18, all driver education hours in both the classroom and in-car must be attended or made up. Therefore, all absences must be made up no matter if the absence is excused or unexcused. Each school is responsible for developing a make-up plan based on state guidelines. Contact the driver education school staff to obtain a copy of the make-up policy.
Schools must limit the number of absences that are allowed and must require students with excessive absences to re-enter or repeat the course.
Yes. If you are attending a commercial (licensed) driver education school, you can miss up to 10 hours and make them up at a later date.
Yes. Starting on September 1, 2009 any student submitting an application to DPS for a permit or a driver’s license must take a road test.