Driver Education and Safety

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.

Meetings

The Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee met February 8 in Austin. The agenda and the staff reports are online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

Driver Education and Safety Summit Meeting - TDLR hosted a Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee meeting and Education Summit on October 20, 2016 in Austin. The agenda is online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel. Discussion included the next critical phase of the Driver Education and Safety administrative rules and curriculum, also known as the Program of Organized Instruction (POI). This meeting gave attendees the opportunity to have an open and free discussion with TDLR about the current state of the curriculum/POI and what could potentially be added, changed or deleted to better promote the education and safety of our student drivers. The discussion was moderated by TDLR’s Driver Education and Safety program staff. Questions? Send an email to DES@tdlr.texas.gov.

The Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee met September 22 in Austin. The agenda and the Staff Reports are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.

News

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the repeal of the current rules and adopted new rules regarding the Driver Education and Safety program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter Chapter 84, Subchapter A, §§84.100 - 84.119; Subchapter B, §§84.200 - 84.217; Subchapter C, 84.300 - 84.310; Subchapter D, §84.400; Subchapter E, §84.500; Subchapter F, §84.600 and §84.601; Subchapter G, §84.700 and §84.701, and adopts new rules Subchapter A, §84.1 and §84.2; Subchapter B, §§84.30 - 84.34; Subchapter C, §§84.40 - 84.47; Subchapter D, §§84.50 - 84.52; Subchapter E, §§84.60 - 84.64; Subchapter F, §§84.70 - 84.72; Subchapter G, §§84.80 - 84.84; Subchapter H, §84.90; Subchapter I, §§84.100 - 84.102; Subchapter J, §84.200; Subchapter K, §84.300 - 84.302; Subchapter L, §84.400 and §84.401; Subchapter M, §§84.500 - 84.506; and Subchapter N, §84.600 and §84.601).

The adoption justification is available online and the adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of April 1, 2017.

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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.

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.

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