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Proposed Rule Changes

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to existing rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 84, Subchapter I, §84.100 and §84.101; and repeals an existing rule at Subchapter I, §84.102, regarding the Driver Education and Safety program. The proposed rules implement the portions of House Bill 1560, 87th Legislature, Regular Session (2021), requiring the Department to adopt a risk-based inspection policy. Notably, the proposed rules remove periodic inspections from the program.

The proposed rules were published in the October 14, 2022, issue of the Texas Register (47 TexReg 6735). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until November 28, 2022.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Driver Education and Safety program to review the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website.

Distance Education Temporary Provisions Expire November 1st

On March 12, 2020, March 31, 2020, and May 21, 2020, TDLR enacted temporary distance education provisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These temporary provisions allowed licensed in-person driver education schools and in-person driving safety schools to offer distance education because many schools could not provide in-person classes under state or local COVID-19 restrictions.

TDLR’s temporary provisions allowing licensed in-person driver education schools and in-person driving safety schools to offer distance education will end on November 1, 2022.

Driver education schools will need to follow the current provisions in the laws and rules for the approval to offer an online course, if they are not currently approved.

Driving safety schools will need to contact a licensed driving safety provider if they wish to offer an online course or will need to follow the provisions in laws and rules for creating an online course.

If you have any questions, please contact the Education & Examination Division.

Several Driving Training Courses Repealed

Effective June 1, 2023, the following driver training programs will be repealed:

  • Driving Safety Course for Drivers Younger than 25 Years of Age [DSY25]. Providers are required to continue reporting certificate completions until further notice.
  • Specialized Driving Safety Course [Seatbelt Course]Providers are required to continue reporting certificate completions until further notice.
  • Drug and Alcohol Driving Awareness Program [DADAP]Students who are enrolled in the court ordered programs (Specialized Driving Safety or DADAP course) because of a court order signed on or before June 1, 2023, are subject to the law in effect on the date the court order was entered, and TDLR will follow the terms of the order to ensure that the student has adequate time to complete the program or course.

Please note that the 6-Hour Driving Safety Course also known as the Ticket Dismissal Course is notrepealed.

The repeal of the programs comes as a result of House Bill (HB) 1560, which was passed during the 87th Texas Legislative Session and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 15, 2021. (Section 5 of the bill addresses Driver Education and Traffic Safety.)

As TDLR continues to implement the revisions of HB 1560, we will continue to provide advance updates through TDLR’s social media channels, the Driver Education & Safety webpage, and through TDLR’s email notifications.

Please sign up for email updates to be notified of any driving education or driving safety program updates.

Driver Education Teacher, Teaching Assistant, and Supervising Teacher Licenses Repealed

Effective September 1, 2021, the following licenses were repealed:

  • Driver Education Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Supervising Teacher

The repeal of the licenses was the result of House Bill (HB) 1560, which was passed during the 87th Texas Legislative Session and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 15, 2021. Section 5 of the bill addresses Driver Education and Traffic Safety.

  • The Texas Legislature created a new instructor license type: Driver Education Instructor. This license type will go into effect no later than June 1, 2023. At that time, instructors holding the current licenses for Driver Education Teacher, Teaching Assistant, and Supervising Teacher will be automatically transitioned to the Driver Education Instructor license. No action will be needed on the part of the licensee.
  • Current driver education instructor licensees will continue to renew their instructor license.
  • New applicants will follow current rules for licensure until new rules are adopted.

As TDLR continues to implement the revisions of HB1560, we will continue to provide advance updates through TDLR’s social media channels, the Driver Education & Safety webpage, and through TDLR’s email notifications.

Please sign up for email updates to be notified of any driving education or driving safety program updates.

Commission Adopts Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the repeal of an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 84, Subchapter B, §84.34, regarding the Driver Education and Safety program.  The adopted repeal makes the necessary rule changes for the Driver Education and Safety program to align the program rules with the advisory board changes made by House Bill 1560, 87thLegislature, Regular Session (2021), the Sunset legislation for the Department.

The adoption justification was published in the June 24, 2022, issue of the Texas Register(47 TexReg 3669) and is available online.  The updated rule chapter will be available on the Secretary of State websiteupon its effective date of July 1, 2022.

Driving Safety School Licenses Abolished As Of June 1, 2023

Driving Safety School licenses will be abolished as of June 1, 2023. The Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 1560 during the 87th Texas Legislative Session and Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill on June 15, 2021.

Section 5 of the bill, which addresses Driver Education and Traffic Safety, ends the requirement for Driving Safety School Licenses. Please note that:

  • A Driving Safety School license issued under Chapter 1001 of the Texas Education Code continues to be valid until June 1, 2023.
  • Schools should continue to operate and comply with the current Texas Administrative Code Chapter 84 until the repeal date.

TDLR will continue providing updates about our implementation of HB 1560 via our Driver Education & Safety webpage, email notifications and social media posts.

Please be sure to sign up for email updatesto be notified of any driving education or driving safety program updates, if you have not already done so.

Driver Education Instructor Development Course Repealed As Of June 1, 2023

The Driver Education Instructor Development Course will be repealed as of June 1, 2023. The Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 1560 during the 87th Texas Legislative Session and Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill on June 15, 2021.

Schools may continue to create and offer the driver education instructor development course and the supervising instructor development course but will not submit the courses to TDLR for approval after June 1, 2023.

Driver Education and Driver Safety Courses Must Include Information About Passing Certain Vehicles

House Bill 3319, 87th Legislative Session, requires that Driver Education and Driving Safety (DES) curricula include “Information Relating to Passing Certain Vehicles.” Effective Sept. 1, 2022, each driver education course or driving safety course must meet the requirements of Section 545.157, Transportation Code.

By September 1, 2022, each driver education school, parent taught course provider, and driving safety course provider is required to update their curricula andcomplete and submit this Statement of Assurance - Information Relating to Move Over Or Slow Down (PDF).

Driver Education and Driver Safety Courses Must Include Information Relating to Street Racing

House Bill 3212, 87th Legislative Session, requires that Driver Education and Driving Safety (DES) curricula include “Information Relating to Street Racing.” Effective September 1, 2021, each driver education course and driving safety course must meet the requirements of Section 545.420, Transportation Code.

By September 1, 2022, each driver education school, parent taught course provider, and driving safety course provider is required to update their curricula andcomplete and submit this Statement of Assurance - Information Relating to Street Racing (PDF).

Driver Education and Driver Safety Courses Must Include Information Relating to Human Trafficking Prevention

Senate Bill 1831, 87th Legislative Session, requires that Driver Education and Driving Safety (DES) curricula include “Information Relating to Human Trafficking Prevention” by September 1, 2022.

By September 1, 2022, each driver education school, parent taught course provider, and driving safety course provider is required to update their curricula andcomplete and submit this Statement of Assurance - Information Relating to Human Trafficking (PDF).

Beware Of People Posing As TDLR Inspectors

Inspectors for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation will never request or accept money under any circumstances while calling, visiting or conducting an inspection.

Real TDLR inspectors will:

  • introduce themselves;
  • show their State of Texas employee ID card;
  • provide their contact information upon request; and
  • provide their TDLR business card upon request.

Real TDLR inspectors cannot and will not:

  • accept payment for license fees;
  • request money for violations; or
  • charge for inspections.

If someone posing as a TDLR employee approaches or calls you, please contact TDLR and law enforcement immediately. Impersonating a public servant is a third-degree felony in Texas.

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Update: Stay Safe Driving School (license number C2224) Closure

If you are a student who was affected by the permanent closure of the Stay Safe Driving School (license number C2224), please contact the TDLR Education and Examination Divisionwith the following information:

  • Parent’s Full name
  • Student’s Full Name
  • Enrollment Dates
  • Your Phone Number
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Mailing Address

Once TDLR retrieves the student records and reviews them, we will begin sending “Verification of Instruction Letters” to parents and students at the mailing addresses that students or parents provided to TDLRor to the driving school.

Once you receive the Verification of Instruction Letter, you can take that letter to another driver education school of your choice to complete your driver education course.

Driver Education School Closure

Stay Safe Driving School permanently closed its doors on February 27, 2022. The Education & Examination Division is working with the school owner to retrieve student records. Once the records are received and sorted through, we will begin mailing out Verification Letters based on those records.

Once the student records are received, The Driver Education & Safety webpage will be updated. Parents/students are encouraged to continue to check the website for more updates.

Driving Safety Instructor License No Longer Required To Teach Driving Safety Courses

Effective September 1, 2021, a driving safety instructor license is no longer required to teach a driving safety course. The driving safety provider will make its own determinations as to eligibility and educational standards for prospective driving safety instructors.

House Bill (HB) 1560, which was passed during the 87th Texas Legislative Session, repealed the requirement for the driving safety instructor license. Section 5 of the bill addresses Driver Education and Traffic Safety.

As TDLR continues to implement the revisions of HB1560, we will continue to provide advance updates through TDLR’s social media channels, the Driver Education & Safety webpage, and through TDLR’s email notifications.

Please sign up for email updatesto be notified of any driving education or driving safety program updates.

Texans Can Apply to be a Volunteer Member of the Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee

Texans interested in serving as volunteer members of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee have until September 15 to apply for one of nine slots on the committee. Members will serve staggered six-year terms.

HB 1560, TDLR’s Sunset legislation, dissolved the existing Driver Training & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee as of August 31, 2021, and created this new advisory committee, which will start meeting in early 2022.

The committee will provide technical knowledge and industry expertise to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation and TDLR, which regulates driver training education in Texas. One committee member will be a division head of the Texas Department of Public Safety Driver License Division or their designee.

Member vacancies include:

  • Three driver education providers;
  • Three driving safety providers;
  • One driver education instructor; and
  • One public member. The public member cannot have any association with the driver education profession.

Anyone interested in serving as a member of the committee can submit an application onlineor send an emailrequesting that an application be sent to them.

Members of the committee will not be compensated, and they must cover their own expenses if they need to travel to Austin as part of their duties. Legislation in the most recent session allows TDLR advisory boards and commissions to meet via videoconference, so any travel may be limited. All applications will be considered, and TDLR will contact applicants who were chosen to serve on the committee.

Updated Guidance for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Individuals

The Texas Department of State Health Services has released the following Updated Guidance for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Individuals. https://open.texas.gov/

Please note that business owners may choose to require additional safety protocols related to COVID-19 safety.

Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Masks and Business Capacity

The Governor’s Executive Order removes state-imposed restrictions on business capacity and masks. Effective Wednesday, March 10, there are no COVID-19 related operating limits for any business or other establishment.

Individuals are strongly encouragedto wear masks over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person who does not live in the same household. (Please note that counties in trauma service regions with hospitalization rates above 15% for 7 days can implement other requirements.)

According to the Governor's executive order, nothing prevents businesses – including hair, esthetician and nail salons, lash salons, barber shops, barber or cosmetology schools, laser hair establishments or massage establishments – from requiring employees or customers to follow additional hygiene measures, including wearing a mask.

Driver Education schools may chooseto require employees or students to wear masks and to social distance.

The order also strongly encouragesall Texans to use good-faith efforts and available resources to follow the DSHS health recommendations.


Advisory Committee Meetings

Next Meeting - January 23, 2023

The next Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 23, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held via videoconference and will be viewable on TDLR's YouTube channel. Sharing of pre-recorded audio or video is not allowed during the public comment period. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online.

Previous Meeting - March 15, 2022

The Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee met March 15, 2022 via videoconference. The meeting was archived and is avalable on TDLR’s YouTube channel. The agenda and staff reports are available online.


Additional Information

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 onlineregarding unlicensed activity or license violations in the Driver Education and Safety program.