Driver Education and Safety
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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.
The Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee met October 4 in Austin. The agenda and the staff report are online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.
Agencies Working to Ensure Community Safety Act Provides Consistent Training for Motorists, Officers
November 14, 2017
The Community Safety Education Act (S.B. 30) was developed to improve traffic stop interaction between motorists and law enforcement throughout Texas.
State agencies, including the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, are now working to provide information and training for drivers, students, and law enforcement on the expectations that each should have during interactions.
State Sen. Royce West (Dallas) and State Sen. John Whitmire (Houston), authors of the bill, recognized the need for consistency in this training across Texas.
Educational materials will include instructions to drivers on how they should react and communicate with officers during a traffic stop. Proper responses will also be included in training for new officers and continuing education courses for veteran patrol officers.
Officers will receive best-practice guidelines on their expected behaviors and reactions during a citizen contact. This same type of information will also be included in the instructional materials taught to high school students, and provided to driver training and driving safety course instructors licensed by TDLR.
“TDLR is honored to be a part of this effort to ensure, through improved education and communication, the safety of Texas motorist and law enforcement officers,” said Brian Francis, TDLR executive director. “Our agencies’ goal is to provide citizens with the right educational materials and information so that Texas can cultivate highly-engaged drivers. This should result in decreased tensions and anxieties between officers and citizens during traffic stops and other encounters that too often lead to undesired outcomes for everyone involved.”
A committee of state agencies has been assembled for the implementation of the act. TDLR, along with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, Texas Department of Public Safety, Teen and Police Service Academy, and Texas Education Agency are all working together to develop the instructional and training materials to be used by driving schools and law enforcement agencies.
TDLR Resuming Regular Inspections
October 23, 2017
Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, TDLR temporarily stopped initial and periodic inspections of Barber, Cosmetology and Driver Education school facilities in the disaster areas. On November 1, 2017, we will resume our regular inspection schedule. We will make every effort to avoid locations damaged by flooding. If a TDLR inspector arrives at a facility being repaired due to Harvey, then the inspector will return at a later date, to complete the inspection.
TDLR is continuing to provide a grace period for expired licenses, waive late renewal fees, provide duplicate license replacements for free, granting additional time to make-up hours at no additional cost to students, granting approval for temporary locations for schools which suffered severe damage, granting waivers for instructional time missed and reporting hours for waived instructional time on behalf of schools in the disaster area.
Please contact email@example.com if you have questions or need additional information regarding schools or continuing education. Contact TDLR at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-803-9202 to order a duplicate license at no cost. If you need to temporarily change your address, phone number, or email address, please update your contact information online. For more information, visit TDLR’s Harvey web page.
Hurricane Harvey Relief for Schools and Students
September 15, 2017
TDLR's response to the Hurricane Harvey disaster includes streamlining procedures to help small businesses, our licensees and students recover as quickly as possible.
The following procedures are in effect for all TDLR-licensed schools in the counties listed in Governor Greg Abbott's disaster proclamation during the declared disaster period and any extensions:
- Immediate relief for students. Cosmetology, Barber and Driver Education students should be granted additional time to make-up hours at no additional cost to the student. Some schools are using Distance Education for displaced students.
- Extended grace period for expired school licenses. Schools in the affected area with licenses expired beyond the usual expiration limits will be allowed to renew.
- Temporary locations allowed. Schools needing to relocate to a temporary location can do so without having a temporary license. If relocation is needed, please email your school name, license number, the relocation address, phone number, and email address to Education@tdlr.texas.gov or calling 1-800-803-9202. Please place Harvey in the subject line of your email.
- Inspections suspended. Schools located in the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey will not be inspected during the declared disaster period. TDLR's priority is providing assistance and ensuring the safety of students and faculty. We will resume inspections once the disaster period has ended.
TDLR is committed to helping our fellow Texans through the recovery process, and we stand ready to assist in any way we can.
Academy 1 Driving School and A-ABC Driving School Closing
Academy 1 Driving School and A-ABC Driving School suddenly closed on February 14, 2017. TDLR’s first priority is to answer common questions for students impacted by the closures. Please visit the Driver Education School Closure Frequently Asked Questions page. You may also watch KTVT’s report on the closures.
Driving Safety Data Upload
The online portal for course providers to upload driving safety student data is now available at 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'). Course providers are required by rule to electronically submit student completion data within 30 days of issuing the certificate.
The Driver Education and Safety program at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (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.
On September 1, 2015, the regulation of Driver Education Schools, Driving Safety Course Providers, Driving Safety Schools and Instructors under Chapter 1001, Texas Education Code, was transferred from TEA/ESC Region 13 to TDLR. This transfer is the result of the 84th Legislature enacting House Bill 1786 into law. In addition, the bill transferred the Parent Taught Driver Education program from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to TDLR. TDLR issues and renews licenses; issues certificates and certificate numbers; approves courses, providers, instructors and schools; accepts complaints; and responds to consumer and industry inquiries.
You may now submit complaints online regarding unlicensed activity or license violations in the Driver Education and Safety program.