Driver Education and Safety
The Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee met April 21 in Austin. The agenda is available online and the Staff Reports are available online. The draft administrative rules are also online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.
The Driver Education and Safety program at TDLR is comprised of the licensing and regulation of businesses known as Driver Education Schools, Parent Taught Driver Education programs, Driving Safety Course Providers, Driving Safety Schools and Instructors. Driver Education provides the basic skills and training required by law to provide the knowledge and hands-on experience to prepare people for their written and practical tests to operate a vehicle in Texas. Driving Safety Courses (sometimes known as “defensive driving”) are geared to improve a driver’s knowledge, perception and attitude about driving. The Driving Safety Course Providers are required by law to offer curriculum that meets the standards required by law in Chapter 1001, Texas Education Code. TDLR’s objective is to ensure that the schools, course providers, and instructors are qualified to develop and offer the courses and that the courses meet the required standards.
Welcome to TDLR! Beginning September 1, 2015, the regulation of Driver Education Schools, Driving Safety Course Providers, Driving Safety Schools and Instructors under Chapter 1001, Texas Education Code, will be transferred from ESC Region 13 to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). This transfer is the result of the 84th Legislature enacting House Bill 1786 into law. In addition, the bill includes the transfer to TDLR of the Parent Taught Driver Education program from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
TDLR is in the process of implementing the new programs, including preparing forms, rules and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). On September 1, 2015, we began issuing and renewing licenses, issuing certificates and certificate numbers, approving courses, providers, instructors and schools, accepting complaints, and responding to consumer and industry inquiries.
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The online portal for course providers to upload driving safety student data is now available. Driving safety course providers may now go to www.tdlr.texas.gov/DRVFileUpload, create an account and upload the required information. A link to the online portal also appears in the “Driving Safety” menu (click “Driving Safety Course Completion”). As a reminder, course providers are required by rule to electronically submit student completion data within 30 days of issuing the certificate. TDLR will not take action against a course provider for failing to submit data while TDLR established this process. We appreciate your patience as this process was developed.
Public Member Vacancy on Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee - TDLR announces a vacancy on the Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee established by Texas Education Code, Chapter 29. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Texas Commission on Licensing and Regulation and TDLR on rules and educational and technical matters relevant to the administration of this chapter. This announcement is for a public member. Members serve staggered six-year terms. Interested persons should submit an application online. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800-803-9202), fax (512-475-2874) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You may now submit complaints online regarding unlicensed activity or license violations in the Driver Education and Safety program.
For specific inquiries about the program, please contact our Customer Service division by email at CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov; or by phone at (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599.
Frequently Asked Questions about Transfer to TDLR
1. Starting September 1, 2015, the driver education and safety program will be administered by TDLR instead of the Education Service Center for Region XIII and the Department of Public Safety. Am I required to do anything different now?
No, TDLR will administer the program much like it is being administered now. The rules for the program will need to be updated to reflect TDLR processes, but that will not happen until the Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory committee is in place, and not without the opportunity for you to have your voice heard in the process.
2. I have certificates which reference TEA and DPS. What do I do with those?
You may continue to use the certificates you have bought. TDLR is in the process of having the certificates updated and the new certificates will be available soon.
3. I need to renew my license. Where do I send my renewal application and payment?
Beginning September 1, 2015, you should send it to TDLR, P. O. BOX 12157, Austin, TX 78711.
4. I am currently licensed. Is my license still valid after September 1, 2015?
Yes, all licenses will remain valid and all license terms remain the same.
5. I want to be on the advisory committee. What do I do?
On October 14, 2015, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation voted unanimously to appoint ten members to the Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. One public member position is vacant at this time. If you are interested in serving as a public member of the Advisory Committee, please apply online.
6. Is there any way I can receive updates without coming back and checking for them at this webpage?
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7. Who do I contact with questions?
This webpage will be updated as new information becomes available. We will be adding frequently asked questions periodically and most general questions will be answered here. In the meantime if you have specific questions please contact our Customer Service Department by email at CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov; or by phone at (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599.