Driver Education and Safety
Driver Education and Safety Summit Meeting - TDLR will host a Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee meeting and Education Summit on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room of TDLR’s North Campus in Austin. The agenda is online. Join us to discuss 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 will give 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 will be moderated by TDLR’s Driver Education and Safety program staff. Questions? Send an email to DES@tdlr.texas.gov. We hope to see you there!
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.
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.
The Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee met July 12 in Austin. The agenda is available online and the Staff Reports are available online.The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.
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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.
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.