Obtain a Learner’s Permit

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

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

After students complete the first Module, 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 packet you receive from the TDLR.

This is the form you use when the parent is not able to teach course.  Click here

How do I get my Parent-Taught Driver Education Packet?

To request a PTDE packet, there are two options:

• Request the packet online at the following link: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/ParentTaught/ParentTaughtNotice.aspx. This method includes a $20.00 fee payable by credit card.

• Packets can also be requested by filling out the following form (https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/driver/forms/DL92.pdf). This form must then be printed and mailed with a $20.00 check or money order payable to:

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

Please note that packets sent by mail can take up to three weeks to arrive once requested. For the fastest results, make sure to choose the email delivery option and provide a valid email address in the “Instructor’s Email Address” space on the form in option #2.

Am I eligible to take Parent-Taught Driver Education?

Parent-Taught Driver Education is available to students 14-17 years of age who can be taught at home under the supervision of a qualified parent or legal guardian. Students 14 years of age may complete the first module of this course. But in order to be able to continue the course and apply for a Learner’s Permit, the student has to be at least 15 years old.

Is my parent eligible to teach Parent-Taught Driver Education?

Only a teen’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian may teach Parent-Taught Driver Education. The power of attorney is not sufficient. No other relative is permitted as an instructor. In order to be eligible, the instructor:

• Must have held a valid driver’s license for the past three years (individuals who lived outside Texas during any part of the last three years must bring the certified abstract driving record from their former state when the student applies for a license)

• Has not had his/her driver license suspended, revoked or forfeited in the past three years

• Has less than six points on his/her driving record

• Has never been convicted of or received a probated sentence for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence, or Criminally Negligent Homicide

• Is not disabled due to mental illness

Instructors who are not sure if they meet the requirements should check their criminal record and driving record before signing up. If the TDLR determines an individual was not eligible to teach, none of the instruction will count and the student will not be issued a license.

Is this course required to get my permit or license?

This course fulfills requirements for the Parent-Taught option for required driver education and is approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The Parent-Taught 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.

● Courses are total of 32 hours, as required by Texas state law.

● The student may begin a course at 14 years of age, but must be 15 years of age to apply for a Learner’s Permit.

● Each course has a total of twelve modules, each with an end-of-module quiz. Students have an unlimited number of attempts at passing these quizzes. A passing score is 70% or higher.

● The student must pass a 20-question final exam with a score of 70% or higher.

● The student must complete 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training, 10 of which are at night, in order to earn a Driver’s License. The Parent-Taught course is designed so the student’s parent/legal guardian will act as the behind-the-wheel instructor. The Texas Online Driver Education course only covers in class training and leaves the option open as to whether a parent/legal guardian or a certified instructor oversees the behind-the-wheel training.

● Once the first module of either course has been completed, the student may apply for a Texas Learner’s Permit.

● Once the first module of either course has been completed, the student may apply for a Texas Learner’s Permit.