Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Driver Education

Minor and Adult Driver Education

1. Who is required to complete a driver education course before receiving a driver license?

Any person who is age 14 to under 25 must complete a driver education course.

2. I want to take a driver education course, what options do I have when picking this course?

You may use the following options:

  1. Enrolling in a driver education school
  2. Enrolling in a parent taught driver education course with an approved parent taught course provider
  3. Complete driver education at a public school, education service center, college, or university

3. How much do the driver education courses cost?

Each school establishes a fee schedule for the costs of their programs. Please contact the schools in your area for prices and payment plans.

4. Where can I find a list of licensed driver education schools?

You can find a list of licensed driver education schools on the TDLR website ( https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/DESSearch )

5. Do you have a list of public schools that teach driver education?

No. Please contact your local independent School District to see if they offer driver education classes.

6. How long is the minor and adult driver education course?

The classroom phase of a driver education course is at least 32 hours which cannot be completed in less than 16 days. The in-car phase consists of 7 hours of behind-the-wheel driving, 7 hours of in-car observation, and an additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving - of which 10 hours must be done at night.

The additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving will be monitored by the parent or guardian and are not required to be provided by a licensed driver education school. However, the hours must be completed in the presence of an adult who holds a valid license, is 21 or older, has at least one year of driving experience, and occupies the seat next to the driver.

7. What are the timelines to complete a teen driver education course?

Each school establishes a timeline, but it's usually between six months to one year. Contact the schools in your area for this information.

8. When can I obtain my Learner License?

  • A student must be 15 years of age;
  • Completed the first 6 hours of driver education (if concurrent method) or all 32 hours of classroom instruction (if block method); and
  • Has received a Texas driver education certificate of completion (DE-964)

9. When can I obtain my Provisional License?

Once the student has held the learner license for at least 6 months, is 16 years old or older, and has completed all driver education hours (32 classroom and 44 driving hours), the student may then take the driving exam. Upon successful completion of the driving exam, the student will then be issued a driver license by DPS.

Note: student who gets the learner license at or on his or her 15th birthday must wait until turning 16 years old to take the driving exam.

10. Can a person age 18 to under 25 complete the minor and adult and driver education course (32 hours of classroom, 7 hours behind-the-wheel, 7 hours observation)?

Yes, the minor and adult driver education course is for anyone who is 14 and over.

11. If I am absent from a licensed driver education school, may I get an excused absence for the classes I missed?

No. To obtain a Texas driver license prior to the age of 18, all driver education hours in both the classroom and in-car must be attended or made up. Therefore, all absences must be made up no matter if the absence is excused or unexcused.

12. I missed one full week of driver education classroom sessions, can I make up my hours?

Yes, you may miss up to 10 hours of classroom sessions. You will need to coordinate with the driver education school you are enrolled when scheduling a date and time to make up these sessions.

13. I lost the form that I received when I graduated from my driver education class, and I need it to get my driver license (or for my insurance company). Who can I contact to get a duplicate?

This is the DE-964 or DE-964E Certificate of Completion. To obtain a duplicate certificate, contact the public school or driver education school that you attended or contact your parent taught driver education course provider, if you completed the course via the Parent Taught Driver Education Program.

14. I'm a 16-year-old who just completed the driver education course. Is it true that I can get a discount on my automobile insurance?

Some insurance companies may provide a discount for successfully completing a driver education course. Contact your insurance company for discount questions.

15. My teen dropped out of high school and has been told that they cannot get a driver license until they are 18. Is that true?

Yes. A Texas law was passed in 1989, requiring persons under 18 to be enrolled and attending school as a condition of licensing that person to operate a motor vehicle. There is an exception: if the person had a high school diploma or a GED, the driver license could be issued.

Proof of enrollment and attendance at a school is established by the "Verification and Enrollment of Attendance ("VOE") form which the student can obtain from his or her high school.

16. My child's high school won't sign the verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) Form because they say that my child missed too many classes. Can they do that?

Yes. The issuance or denial of the VOE Form is strictly a local decision, and districts (or schools) are permitted to impose conditions and restrictions on enrollment and attendance as they pertain to driver license eligibility. Neither TDLR nor DPS can alter a VOE decision.

17. What is a student's alternative to getting a Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form from his or her high school during summer months when the high school is closed?

If the Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) Form (PDF) is issued the last week of school or during the summer, it is valid for more than the normal 30 days; i.e., until school starts after summer vacation. If your high school will not issue the VOE form in the summer, that is a local decision and TDLR cannot override the decision. The parent will need to contact the school's Principal then the Superintendent. If the principal/superintendent will not help you get the form, go to your school board. The Texas Department of Public Safety can also be contacted to determine what alternative forms they are willing to accept in lieu of a VOE during summer months.

18. Can I get a copy of the Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form here?

You may download a blank copy of the most recent VOE Form. This form must be completed by a qualified person at your high school. Your parent may complete this form ONLY IF YOU ARE IDENTIFIED AS A HOME-SCHOOLED STUDENT.

19. I went to DPS with my completion certificate (DE-964) and all documents and they turned me away what should I do?

Please send an email to CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov and include your student’s full name, the name of the driver education school, the address to the DPS location and the reason why you were turned away.

20. I am enrolled in a 32-hour teen driver education program and just turned eighteen years old. Can I use the time completed in my teen driver education as proof of completion of my adult 6-hour driver education course?

Teen driver education classroom hours cannot be applied to the 6-hour adult driver education classroom hour requirements. You must purchase and complete the adult driver education course in its entirety or finish the entire teen driver education program.

21. I completed my driver education course and the school will not issue me my completion certificate (DE-964) what should I do?

If you have reached out to the school and they will not provide you with your completion certificate please send an email to CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov and include the name and address of the driver education school along with your (student’s) first and last name.

22. I’m 17 and finished a driver education course last month. I’m still driving on my permit. Do I have to take a road test at DPS?

Yes, any student submitting an application to DPS for a permit or a driver's license must take a road test.

23. I have a complaint against a driver education school or an instructor who should I contact?

Please file your complaint online using our Online Complaint Process website https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/Complaints/

Adult Driver Education

1. Who can take the driver education exclusively for adult course?

Any person who is age 18 to under 25 years of age.

2. How long is the course?

This is a 6-hour classroom instruction course offered by a licensed driver education school.

3. Where can I find a list of licensed driver education schools that offer this course?

You can find a list of schools on the DES Search Tool https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/DESSearch

4. What is this course about?

This course covers alcohol and drug awareness; Texas Traffic Laws; highway signs, signals, and markings that regulate, warn, or direct traffic; and issues commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, including poor decision-making, risk taking, impaired driving, distraction, speed, failure to use a safety belt, driving at night, failure to yield the right-of-way, and using a wireless communication device while operating a vehicle.

As part of the course, participants must pass the Texas Department of Public Safety Road Signs and Road Rules written examinations. Persons successfully completing the exams at the school do not have to take them again at DPS.

5. I'm 19 years old and want to get my driver's license. I was told that I might have to take a class.

On March 1, 2010, Texas law changed to require persons from 18 to under 25 years of age who wish to obtain a driver's license to successfully complete a 6-hour driver education course exclusively for adults.

6. Can a 17-year-old enroll in a driver education course exclusively for adults?

No, a person must be at least 18 years old to enroll in the course.

7. Can I take a 6-hour Driving Safety or a 6-Hour Drug and Alcohol Awareness course to get my driver license?

No, these courses are court ordered courses for an offence they may not be used to obtain a driver license.

8. How much does the course cost?

Each driver education school establishes a fee schedule for the costs of their courses. Please contact the schools in your area for prices.

9. Once I complete the course will I be issued a certificate?

Yes, once you have successfully completed the course the driver education school will provide you with your completion certificate (ADE-1317).

10. How do I obtain a duplicate copy of my completion certificate (ADE-1317)?

Please contact the driver education school you attended to obtain a duplicate certificate.

11. The driver education school closed and I need a duplicate copy of my child’s certificate what do I do?

Please send an email to CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov and include your child’s full name along with the dates your child attended the driver education course.

12. I have a complaint against a driver education school or an instructor who should I contact?

Please file your complaint online using our Online Complaint Process website https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/Complaints/

Transfers

1. If I start at one driver education school, am I allowed to transfer to a different school?

Transfer of training that you've accomplished at one licensed driver education school can be transferred to another school, and you should also receive a partial refund of the tuition and fees not used (less an administration fee). An exception would occur if you have exceeded the timelines for classroom or behind-the-wheel training that were written on your contract with the first school. If that occurs, you may not be permitted to transfer, and you may have to start over again.

If you desire to transfer classroom credit from a licensed driver education school or public school to the TDLR Parent Taught Program with the goal of accomplishing the in-car portion of the course with your parent or guardian, you must complete the entire classroom portion before you can begin the driving portion. If you attempt to transfer only part of the classroom training from a licensed school to a Parent Taught Program or vice versa, you must start the classroom phase from the beginning.

With regard to transfers between public and licensed driver education schools, you are able to transfer the completed classroom activities from a public school to a licensed driver education school in order to complete your in-car training there. However, transfer of partial credit may be more difficult because of the difference in their programs; i.e., 56 hours of classroom requirements in the public school versus 32 hours of classroom requirements in the licensed driver education school.

2 . I was enrolled in an out of state driver education course and completed part of or all of my classroom hours but never got a driver license or permit. Do these hours transfer to Texas?

Out of state hours do not transfer to Texas. You will need to enroll into a Texas driver education program to complete the classroom and driving requirements necessary to obtain a Texas learner’s permit and driver license. You can find a list of all Texas driver education programs and courses using our online search tool.

Please check with DPS for more information on transferring your learner license to Texas .

3 . I have a learner’s license from out of state. Does that transfer to Texas?

Please check with DPS for more information on transferring your learner license to Texas .

4. How long must I hold a Texas learner’s permit before I can get my provisional license?

Please check with DPS for more information on transferring your learner license to Texas .

5. I've heard that my child can complete the classroom phase of driver education at their high school or a licensed driver education school, and afterwards we can transfer to the Parent Taught Program so I can teach the in-car portion. Is that true?

Yes, that can be done but there are requirements:

  • Your child must complete the entire classroom phase at the licensed driver education school or high school. You must obtain an official "Transfer" of classroom hours from the high school or licensed driver education school so you can prove to DPS that they completed the classroom phase. The transfer is also used to obtain their Permit.
  • You must apply for a TDLR Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide and receive it before you and your child begin the in-car phase. Your child must also have a valid learner’s permit issued by Texas Department of Public Safety before any driving instruction may be given.

You must complete the requirements as specified in the TDLR Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide, but only those that apply to the in-car phase.

Driver Education School Closures

Students and Parents

1. I attended a driver education school and it has recently closed, what are my options to finish my education? What steps do I take now?

You have the option to attend another school or transfer to a parent taught driver education course.

Please contact TDLR at des@tdlr.texas.gov notifying us that you were impacted by the school closure. Once TDLR has completed the review of your closed school's records you will be given a letter confirming your completed hours. You will provide this letter to the school you wish to transfer to.

2. Will the hours I earned at the closed school transfer to another school or will I lose my hours earned?

You will not lose the hours earned at the closed school when transferring to another driver education school. However, if you choose to transfer to a parent taught driver education course you will lose hours of any partially completed phases. For further information on this please contact us at des@tdlr.texas.gov

3. Did the closed school provide any information for students regarding the closure of the school?

Please check your school website for possible closure information and procedures.

4. Will the money I have paid to the closed school for tuition be refunded?

Please refer to the questions and answers listed below regarding refund information.

5. I have completed all of my required classroom and/or driving hours but did not receive my completion certificate? How do I receive this completion certificate?

Please contact the Education and Examination Division by email at des@tdlr.texas.gov and provide your name and all relevant information. Explain that you are needing your completion certificate and TDLR will review your student records. Once the review is completed you will be provided with a letter confirming your completed hours to take to the Texas Department of Public Safety or to another driver education school.

Closed Driver Education School and Tuition

1. What happens when a driver education school closes?

If a driver education school closes, the department will obtain all student records for students enrolled in the closed school in order to facilitate their attendance to another school.

Student records will be reviewed against fees paid for tuition and instruction received. Any costs to attend a new driver education school for completion of hours are separate and apart from any refund due from the closed school.

2. How much will my refund be?

The student's tuition and fees shall be refunded based on:

  • Tuition paid for instruction
  • The amount of active/unfinished students that submit proper notice of payment
  • Overall time completed (classroom, behind-the-wheel, observation)
  • Available funds

The department will pay claims on a pro rata basis from appropriated money available in the account if:

  • The account contains insufficient assets to pay all claims
  • Insufficient money has been appropriated to the department from the account to pay all claims, or
  • The total amount of claims against a single closed school exceeds a specified amount

3. What will I need to have to make a claim?

If you were enrolled as a student at a closed driver education school, and you also believe you are owed a refund of some or all of the tuition you paid to the closed school, then please contact the Education and Examination Division at des@tdlr.texas.gov.

To help prove that the closed school owes you money for education which you paid for but did not receive, please include the following types of documents:

  • The most current version of your signed contract with the closed school.
  • Any receipts that show that the closed school received funds from you -- whether you paid the school with a credit card, or by money order, or through a direct deposit, or by check or cash, etc.
  • Any invoices from the closed school dated on or near the date it closed, and that show a balance was owed to you by the school.

4. How do I make a claim?

Please contact the Education and Examination Division regarding the information and forms which need to be submitted at des@tdlr.texas.gov.

5. How long does it take to receive a refund?

Once TDLR has received and reviewed all requests we will file against the surety bond for the closed driver education school. It may take several weeks for refunds to be issued.

School Administrators

1. Our driver education school would like to accept students that attended a driver education school which recently closed. What is the procedure we should follow to notify the Department?

Send TDLR an email to des@tdlr.texas.gov stating that you are willing and able to accept transfer students. Please provide your school's permit number, name, address and contact information. Your school will be added to the list of available schools for the students to choose from.

2. If our school accepts a student from a closed school, how will we know how many hours of classroom or driving instruction the student has received?

The Department's priority is to provide each student with a letter stating the students completed progress with the closed school. The students will provide you with this letter verifying their progress in the driver education. You may contact the department with any questions about a letter received at des@tdlr.texas.gov

3. How can I stay updated and informed of the situation?

Agency staff will continue to provide updates onFacebook, Twitter and the TDLR website. You may also want to sign up to receive email notifications from the Department. We will also keep the schools informed and updated with current information regarding the situation.

Owner Responsibilities

1. I need to close my driver education school what do I do?

Owners must send a written notice to TDLR 15 business days prior to the school closure and include the office school date, location and address where student records will be kept, owner’s contact information (all owners if multiple owners), and the estimated number of students affected by the school’s closure. Written notices can be emailed CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov ; faxed 512-463-1512 or mailed to TDLR 920 Colorado Austin TX 78701.

2. How long am I required to keep student records?

All records must be kept for 3 years in a secure location that is only accessible to authorized persons (owner)

3. What do I do with my unused certificates?

All unused DE-964 and ADE-1317 certificates of completion are to be returned to TDLR within 30 days from the date the school closes. Certificates can be overnighted to TDLR 920 Colorado Austin TX 78701 Attention: Licensing

4. Am I required to issue refunds?

A school must issue refunds to all students who were unable to complete any portion of their driver education with your school before the closure date of the school. Partial refunds are not acceptable and will result in the forfeiture of your surety bond.

5. How are refunds calculated?

Refund policies are listed under Texas Education Code Subchapter I.

6. I need to close my school can I continue to drive my students without the physical location being opened?

No. Any part of driver education must be conducted at the approved school.

7. Can I transfer the unused certificates I paid for to another driver education school?

No. State law does not allow for the transfer of unused driver education certificates.

Driver Education Schools

1. I want to open a driver education school what do I send in?

For approval you must submit the following items:

  1. A current driver education school application and fee; if you want to offer the Adult 6-Hour Classroom course this requires a separate application and additional application fee.
  2. Copy of your Assumed Name Registration documents from the Secretary of State’s Office.
  3. $10,000.00 Surety Bond
  4. Instructor Roster; if teaching teens or adults in a classroom setting, the instructor on staff must possess a current driver education instructor license with a Driver Education Teacher (DET) or a Supervising Driver Education Teacher (ST) endorsement.
  5. Motor Vehicle Fleet Form; this is needed if you are providing in-car instruction
  6. Vehicle Insurance Declarations page showing coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorist.
  7. Vehicle Registration Receipt from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
  8. Completed Curriculum Index from one of the approved Driver Education Textbooks
  9. A completed Course List

2. What are the application fees?

The application fees for the driver education program are found under Texas Administrative Code section 84.300

3. What are the facility requirements?

  1. The facility must comply with all county, municipal, state, and federal regulations, including fire, building, and sanitation codes.
  2. A school offering any phase of driver education shall maintain an office in a place other than a private residence.
  3. No classroom facility for a driver education program shall be located in a private residence
  4. Does not use a name similar to the name of another existing school or tax-supported institution in this state.
  5. The classroom facilities, when used for instruction, shall contain:
    1. adequate seating facilities for all students being trained
    2. adequiate chairs, diagrams, mock-ups, and pictures relating to the operation of motor vehicles, traffic laws, physical forces, and correct driving procedures; and
    3. any materials that have been approved as part of the course approval
  6. A copy of the current edition physical or electronic copy of the “Texas Driver Handbook” or instructional materials that are equivalent.

4. Do I need to have a facility to offer a driver education course?

Yes. Any person offering driver education either in a traditional classroom setting or by an alternative method of instruction (AMI) and issues a DE-964 or ADE-1317 completion certificate to obtain a driver license must have a physical location.

5. I submitted my school application to TDLR what happens next?

Once your application is approved the program specialist will forward your file to our Field Inspection Team who will contact you and provide you with the next steps.

6. Once I submit my application can I start operating?

No. You may not start enrolling students until you school passes inspection and you have received your school license through the mail.

7. Can I advertise while my school application is being processed?

No. A school shall not advertise without including the school name or the school number exactly as it appears on the driver education school license.

8. I want to write my own curriculum and use that instead of one of the pre-approved text books. Can I do this?

Yes. The requirements for driver education courses are found under Texas Administrative Code section 84.500 and in the Program of Organized Instruction (POI). You must submit your entire course to the department and the course must be approved before you may offer the course to the students.

9. The Texas Department of Public Safety no longer prints the Texas Driver License Handbook, am I still required to have this?

Yes, DPS has a downloadable version of the Driver License Handbook (PDF) on their website, schools are still required to have this book available to each student. The book can either be printed and provided to each student or if the school issues a laptop or any other portable device to the students then the link to the Driver License Handbook should be included on that device.

10. I want to become a Third-Party Skills Tester and offer the DPS driving skills exam, how do I become one?

The Third-Party Skills Program is administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety not TDLR. Please contact them for more information.

11. Do you have a checklist I can look over to make sure my school meets all of the requirements of a driver education school?

Yes, the Driver Education School Checklist (PDF) is located on the TDLR website under driver education forms.

12.What is the procedure for changing ownership of my driver education school?

The new owner is required to submit a driver education school application, a bond under the new owner’s name if the previous owner’s name changes, a copy of the sellers contract or any instrument transferring the ownership of the driver education school and change in ownership fee.

13. I am changing ownership but the control of the school does not meet TDLR’s definition of “ change of ownership of a school .” What do I do?

The new owner is required to submit a driver education school application, a bond under the new owner’s name if the previous owner’s name changes, a copy of the sellers contract or any instrument transferring the ownership of the driver education school. (no fee would be required)

14. I need to change the ownership of my branch location; how do I do that?

Branch schools are owned by the same person, partnership, or corporation as the primary driver education school. You cannot change one without changing the other.

15. I purchased a driver education school and TDLR issued me a different license number then the school I purchased. Why?

A person, partnership, or corporation, purchasing a licensed driver education school shall obtain an original license or branch school license.

16. When will TDLR inspect my driver education school?

Driver Education schools shall be inspected:

  • Periodically,
  • As a result of a complaint ,
  • Any new or relocated driver education school must be inspected and approved by the department before it may operate
  • Additionally, a driver education school that has changed ownership must be inspected and approved by the department, but may continue to operate prior to inspection.

17. Will the inspector call me before they arrive?

Except for initial inspections of driver education schools, the department may conduct inspections without advance notice.

18. I am not conducting driver education classes at this time, can I place my school license “Inactive” and continue to pay the renewal fee each year?

No. there isn’t anything in Texas Education Code or Texas Administrative Code that allows for a driver education school to place their license “inactive” or “dormant.”

19. Where can I find the TDLR Complaint Sign?

The TDLR Complaint Sign (PDF) is located on the TDLR website under driver education forms.

20. I need to change the physical address to my driver education school how do I do that?

A driver education school must notify the department in writing of any change of address at least 15 business days prior to the actual move, and include the change of address fee. Any school that changes their physical location must be inspected and approved by the department before it may operate.

21. I want to offer my course in Spanish what do I need to send in?

If using the pre-approved text book for the minor and adult course that textbook must have a Spanish version. If it does you will notify the department in writing the name of the Spanish curriculum you will use.

If you did not use one of the pre-approved textbooks and you wrote your own minor and adult course, you will submit the Spanish Course to the department along with a statement from a translator with current credentials from the American Translators Association or the National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators that the materials are the same in both English and Spanish.

If offering the 6-hour Adult course in Spanish you will send a written statement to the department letting us know you will teach the 6-hour Adult course in Spanish.

All written statements submitted to the department must include the school name, school license number, and fee in the amount of $25.00. Any courses offered in Spanish must have the most current Texas Driver Handbook in Spanish.

Renewing a Driver Education School License

1. I did not get a renewal notice to renew my driver education school license can you send me another one?

At this time TDLR does not mail out renewal notices for driver education schools. The renewal forms are located on the TDLR website under driver education forms . You may submit your renewal application up to 60 days prior to the school’s expiration date.

2. I need to renew my driver education school license what do I send in?

To renew your driver education school license, you must submit the following before your license can be renewed:

  • Renewal application
  • Renewal fee
  • Instructor Roster
  • School Bond
  • Multiple Classroom Location Form
  • Vehicle Insurance Declarations Page showing coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
  • Vehicle Registration Receipt

3. I received a Request for Information (RFI) Letter because my bond dates do not match my school license? Is this new?

No. Under Texas Education Code section 1001.207 it states a bond under this Subsection must be issued for a period corresponding to the term of the license.

4. I renewed my school license weeks ago, but have not received it yet. What should I do?

If you do not receive your license and it has been over two weeks please send an email to CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov and include the name of your school and school license number.


Driving Safety

General Driving Safety

1. How do I get permission to attend a driving safety class?

Permission is granted by the court listed on your traffic citation. If you have any questions involving this matter or any interpretation of Texas law, it is advisable that you consult with an attorney or with the court that has jurisdiction of the case.

2. What's covered during the class?

The educational objectives of driving safety courses shall include, but not be limited to promoting respect for and encouraging observance of traffic laws and traffic safety responsibilities of drivers and citizens; reducing traffic violations; reducing traffic-related injuries, deaths, and economic losses; and motivating continuing development of traffic-related competencies.

3. How many hours must I attend?

You must attend six (6) hours.

4. How much does a driving safety class cost?

By law, the cost of this class must be at least $25.00.

5. Where are the classes held?

Classes are held online or in traditional classroom locations.

6. Will I receive my certificate at the end of the class?

No. By law, the certificate must be mailed to you by the course provider.

7. May I have the course provider mail the certificate directly to the court?

No, the course provider is not permitted to mail the certificate to the court.

8. How long will it take for me to receive the certificate?

You should receive it within one to three weeks after the class is completed unless you request (and pay for) an expedited delivery.

9. If I don't receive the certificate, who should I contact?

If you don't receive your certificate within three weeks (21 calendar days) from the date you completed the class, contact the online course or classroom instructor.

10. If I have a complaint about a driving safety class, who should I contact?

Please submit your complaint online.

Specialized Course (Seat Belt)

1. Who can require a person to attend a "Seat Belt" class?

A judge can require a person to attend a "Seat Belt" class. However, if you have other questions involving this matter or any interpretation of Texas law, it is advisable that you consult with an attorney or with the court that has jurisdiction of the case.

2. What's covered during the class?

This specialized driving safety course includes four hours of information on child passenger safety seat systems and the wearing of seat belts, requirements of the law, and penalties for noncompliance. Related driving safety information is also included in the course, thus making it a 6-hour course.

3. How much does a Seat Belt class cost?

By law, the cost of this class must be at least $25.00.

4. Where are the Seat Belt classes held?

See the list of schools that have been licensed to offer the specialized driving safety ("Seat Belt") class. In addition, the Seat Belt course has also been approved to be delivered online.

5. Will I receive my certificate from the instructor at the end of the class?

No. By law, the certificate must be mailed to you by the course provider.

6. May I have the course provider mail the certificate directly to the court?

No, the course provider is not permitted to mail the certificate to the court.

7. How long will it take for me to receive the certificate?

You should receive it within one to three weeks after the class is completed unless you request (and pay for) an expedited delivery.

8. If I don't receive the certificate, who should I contact?

If you don't receive your certificate within three weeks (21 calendar days) from the date you completed the class, call the telephone number that was given to you by your instructor.

9. If I have a complaint about a specialized ("Seat Belt") class, who should I contact?

Please submit your complaint online.

"Seat Belt" School and Classroom Locations

How to Become a Course Provider

1. Which state agency is responsible for approval of Texas driving safety courses?

TDLR is responsible for evaluating and granting approval of each driving safety course as well as the licensing of all course providers, schools, and instructors.

2. What is the difference between a course provider and a driving safety school?

The course provider is responsible for administrative functions for the driving safety course, including printing the uniform certificates of course completion; mailing certificates to students; updating the course as necessary; training all instructors; electronically reporting certificate usage to TDLR; and ensuring that the classes are provided by licensed schools and instructors who are qualified to teach the course.

The driving safety schools are responsible for providing the courses to the public. They must follow all the course provider and TDLR policies and procedures.

3. Is there a standard curriculum that is required for each of these courses?

No. State law requires that the minimum standards for a driving safety course be provided in the Rules. Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Section 84.207.

4. Is there information available concerning driving safety course requirements?

Yes, see the applicable Driving Safety Course Packet.

5. What is included in the application packet?

The packet includes all of the forms that you will need to submit a driving safety course for approval.

6. Does TDLR charge to evaluate a course?

Yes. The fee is $9,000 to evaluate a driving safety course.

7. Is there a license associated with the course?

No. The course itself will receive approval, not a license, after all course requirements have been met. However, before the course may be taught and before Uniform Certificate of Course Completion numbers may be purchased from TDLR, a course provider license (which costs $2,000) must be obtained.

8. Should I send the $2,000 course provider fee with my course application, or are there other requirements before I can receive my course provider license?

There are requirements other than course approval, so you should wait until those requirements have been met before submitting the course provider fee. For example, before TDLR can issue you a course provider license, you must identify a licensed driving safety school that is willing to teach your course, and that school must have at least one driving safety instructor who is currently licensed and endorsed to teach your course.

9. How long does it take to approve a driving safety course?

The length of time it takes to approve a driving safety course varies because there are so many factors involved. For example, the course must include all topics specified in the agency's rules; all data must be accurate, current, and Texas-specific; certain timing guidelines within your course must be met; etc. During the review of your proposed course, you will be notified in writing of any discrepancies, and you must then provide documents or show other proof that the discrepancies have been corrected. The reviewers will repeat that process until all course requirements have been met.

10. Is there any requirement concerning my physical location as a course provider?

Yes. Course providers and all course provider facilities that process, deliver, or store curriculum materials, student records, or Uniform Certificates of Course Completion for Texas courses must be located within the United States.

11. Will you visit my location before I become licensed as a course provider?

Normally, yes. An TDLR representative will normally contact you to arrange a date and time for the visit.

12. Will my course be permitted to use videos, film clips, and pictures that I copy from TV, magazines, or the movies?

Copyright laws are outside TDLR's authority, so you are responsible for gaining approval from the person or agency that owns the copyright of any multimedia, educational resource, or statistics that you use before you submit them as a part of your course. Failure to do so might require you to make significant and/or expensive changes to your course after it has received approval.

13. Will I be required to actually conduct a class as one of the requirements before TDLR grants my course approval?

Yes. After your course has met all of the other requirements, a TDLR representative will contact you to arrange a time, date, and place for you to conduct a demonstration 6-hour class. If the person who presents this demonstration course can be shown to be an author of the course, he or she will automatically be qualified to submit an application as an IDC-DSIT (Instructor Development Course-Driving Safety Instructor Trainer) of the course. A person who receives that endorsement on his or her instructor license is authorized to teach the instructor development course to new instructors.

14. Do I need to be an instructor or own a driving safety school in order to develop and submit a driving safety course for approval?

Although a course provider is not required to be a licensed driving safety instructor or school owner, the course materials are required to be written either by a TDLR-licensed driving safety instructor or by other individuals or organizations with recognized experience in writing instructional materials with input from a TDLR-licensed driving safety instructor. In addition, each course provider must identify at least one licensed and properly qualified driving safety school that is willing to teach the course.

15. Do course providers need to be bonded?

Yes. A $25,000 surety bond is required for each driving safety course provider. The bond form will be mailed to you as soon as you provide adequate evidence of ownership for the course provider. Please contact our Customer Service Division at CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov or 1-800-803-9202 if you have questions about the bond, course ownership, or the required documents to verify ownership.

16. Are course providers required to print their own Uniform Certificates of Course Completion?

Yes.

17. Is it true that my instructors will not be permitted to hand the certificates of completion to students when they complete the course?

Yes. State law requires the course provider to mail the certificates to students.

18. Can driving safety students have their uniform certificates of completion delivered to them by courier?

A course provider may use a commercial courier as an equivalent delivery service, but only if the certificates are delivered to the students' mailing addresses no earlier than the day after course completion.

19. Are course providers that have approved online ADMs allowed to send a completion certificate to a student by email, fax, or via other electronic means?

No. The rules require that all certificates of course completion (including duplicates) must be mailed or sent by a commercial delivery service. The rules further specify that electronic delivery such as email and facsimile are not acceptable as a commercial delivery service.

20. How much time will I be given to mail those certificates?

Certificates must be issued to students no later than 15 working days after the students successfully complete the course.

21. Are there any other requirements or time limits of which I should be aware?

Yes. Course providers must electronically transmit course completion data to TDLR within 30 calendar days after mailing the student certificates. Providers may go to www.tdlr.texas.gov/DRVFileUpload, create an account and upload the required information.

22. Whom should I contact if I have questions about transmitting student data to TDLR?

Please contact our Customer Service Division at CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov or 1-800-803-9202.

23. Is there a standard fee that a student must pay for a duplicate certificate?

Yes. The rules specify the fee for a duplicate uniform certificate of course completion is $10.00.

24. When may I begin advertising my course?

Title 5, Texas Education Code, Chapter 1001 specifies that you are not permitted to advertise your course or solicit students until you actually receive your course provider license.

25. If I have other questions about driving safety course approvals, whom should I contact?

Please contact our Customer Service Division at CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov or 1-800-803-9202.

Course Providers - Alternative Delivery Method (ADM)

1. I want to develop an Alternative Delivery Method (ADM) of a Driving Safety course. Where can I read the requirements?

Section 1001.354 of the Texas Education Code contains the basic authorization for an alternative delivery method (ADM) of a driving safety course, and the requirements that are applicable to all driving safety courses (including ADMs) are in TDLR's rules in Title 16 of the Texas Administrative Code Chapter 84.

2. I want to offer my driving safety course only over the Internet or via DVD, CD-ROM, or videotape. Are there any special considerations of which I should be aware?

Yes. It is strongly recommended that you review that portion of the rules in Section 84.209 before submitting an Alternative Delivery Method for approval.

3. Must the Alternative Delivery Method follow the same topics and course content as the approved course?

Yes. Although the Alternative Delivery Method must deliver the same topics and course content as the approved course, the Alternative Delivery Method sequencing may be different from the approved traditional course as long as the sequencing does not detract from the educational value of the course.

4. Is it true that there are new techniques in the rules for demonstrating that an Alternative Delivery Method contains sufficient content for a student to complete the course in 300 minutes?

Yes. Section 84.209(b)(5) contains minimum content requirements.

5. Are there different rules for Internet Alternative Delivery Method and Video Alternative Delivery Method in the revised rules?

Yes. See Sections 84.209(f) and (g).

6. Is there still a validation process required in an Alternative Delivery Method (ADM)?

Yes. There is a requirement to incorporate a validation process that verifies student participation and comprehension of course material throughout the Alternative Delivery Method. Subjects such as timers, testing, test banks, question difficulty, and failure criteria are covered in the revised rules.

7. Is approval by TDLR required before a driving safety course may be delivered by an alternative delivery method?

Yes. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and approving all driving safety courses and all alternative delivery methods (ADM) of those driving safety courses.

8. What are the acceptable Alternative Delivery Methods (ADMs) of a driving safety course?

TDLR has provided approvals for some driving safety courses to be delivered via Videotape, Internet, DVD, and On-Demand Cable TV.

9. After a course has received TDLR approval of an Alternative Delivery Method, does that mean that the course may then be delivered by all other methods (online, videotape, DVD, etc.)?

No. Each approval of an Alternative Delivery Method is specific to that delivery method. However, approval of a second or third delivery method may be expedited if the course has previously been through the Alternative Delivery Method review/approval process.

10. Is it true that if I want to have only an "online" or only a "video" driving safety course, that I must first have a traditional classroom course?

Yes. A traditional driving safety classroom course is a prerequisite to delivery of a curriculum by an alternative method.

11. I understand that a non-refundable fee of $9,000 is required for TDLR to review a course and another $9,000 is required for TDLR to then review my Alternative Delivery Method. Does that mean that I might lose my $18,000 if the course or the Alternative Delivery Method aren't acceptable when I initially submit them?

No, they are not required to be in perfect condition when initially submitted, but must be complete and reviewable at that time. TDLR will review the proposed course first, identify any areas that are unacceptable, and notify you. After course approval is granted, TDLR representatives will review the Alternative Delivery Method following the same procedures. If you fail to make the necessary changes in either the course or Alternative Delivery Method, they will not be approved, and the fee or fees will not be refunded.

12. Are the two $9,000 fees the only fees required before I start teaching my course?

No. After your course is approved, you must become licensed as a course provider ($2,000 fee), and before you can be licensed as a course provider, you must have at least one licensed driving safety school ($165 fee) that is willing to teach your course. That school must have at least one licensed instructor ($75 fee for the instructor license) who is endorsed to teach your course.

13. What are the instructor training requirements for an Alternative Delivery Method?

View the ADM Instructor Training Requirements.

14. I understand that the student must be able to get in touch with a licensed instructor within an average of two minutes at all times, days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Does this instructor have to be within the state of Texas, or can the instructors be anywhere in the nation as long as they are licensed to teach in Texas?

The instructor can be physically located anywhere in the United States but must be licensed as a driving safety instructor in Texas and endorsed to teach that specific driving safety course.

15. After my Alternative Delivery Method is approved, will I have to make additional changes later?

It is possible that other changes will be required after your initial Alternative Delivery Method approval is granted. Changes may be required for a variety of reasons; i.e., updated or incorrect statistics, corrections to areas that were missed during the initial assessment, changes mandated by new laws or rule revisions, and the requirement to update the course and Alternative Delivery Method to reflect the latest applicable laws and statistics every two years.

16. After my Alternative Delivery Method receives initial TDLR approval, will I be permitted to modify it without contacting TDLR for further approval?

No.

17. Are course providers that have an approved online Alternative Delivery Method allowed to send a course completion certificate to a student by e-mail or via other electronic means?

No. The law and rules require that all certificates of course completion be mailed or sent by a commercial delivery service. Electronic delivery such as e-mail and facsimile are not acceptable as a commercial delivery service.

18. Should I notify prospective students that personal validation questions will be asked during the course?

It's a good idea to notify students of this fact in advance, and you could notify them of your security and privacy policy at the same time.

19. Are third-party databases the only means of verifying a student's identity?

No. Rules do not mandate third-party databases, and other means of accomplishing the same purpose may be acceptable.

20. Which third-party database sources are available in Texas?

The two most commonly used databases in Texas are the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver's License Database and the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) Motor Vehicles Database.

21. How do I make contact with DPS for use of their database?

The DPS Driver's License database is not available to the general public, but licensed course providers are qualified purchasers. A contract with DPS is required to establish eligibility. Call DPS at (512) 424-2186 for further information.

22. How do I make contact with TXDOT for use of their database?

The TxDOT contact is in Austin at (512) 465-7727 or via TxDOT's secure Internet site, then follow the links in this order:

  1. Subscriber Information
  2. Getting Connected
  3. Download Cover Letter, Contract, and Attachments

23. If I choose to use third-party database information as my validation mechanism, and use 70% as the failure criteria, would that mean that a student who misses more than 6 of the 20 personal validation questions must be failed?

Yes. The rules require that a student be excluded from the course after the student has incorrectly answered more than 30% of the personal validation questions. If you're using 20 personal validation questions, the student would have to be excluded after answering the 7th question incorrectly, and if you are using the new minimum of 10 personal validation questions, the student would have to be excluded after answering the 4th question incorrectly.

24. What are the "test bank" requirements; that is, how many questions do I have to prepare for an Alternative Delivery Method?

There is a requirement in the revised rules that the test bank for course validation questions shall be at least 100 questions (10 questions for each of the 10 topics) and there is another requirement that for each multimedia presentation that exceeds 60 seconds, the Alternative Delivery Method shall have a test bank of at least four questions. In addition, the Alternative Delivery Method shall ask a minimum of 10 personal validation questions throughout the course, and it would be wise to have more than 10 questions in your test bank of personal validation questions.

25. Concerning word count as a means of assuring course length, do we count the words in a chart as part of the total word count?

No, a chart gets credit for one minute, regardless of the number of words, and the word count within a chart cannot be counted as part of the word count for the Alternative Delivery Method.

26. We have review questions within the course that the student answers and we tell them when they get a correct answer or give them the correct answer. How do we account for those questions?

Do not count the number of words in the review question and/or the response. Instead, you may receive one minute credit for each review question/answer pair in the Alternative Delivery Method.

27. What is the amount of time permitted for a student to answer an Alternative Delivery Method validation question? Additional time is sometimes needed because of slow dial-up connections or during busy times on the Internet.

The maximum allowable time to respond to personal validation questions online is 90 seconds, and there is a maximum allowable time of 30 seconds to respond to questions presented by telephone.

28. If there seems to be no third-party data available on a student, what should we do?

If third-party source data does not exist for a student (just moved to Texas, out of state driver's license, etc.), Section 84.209(c)(7) of the Rules allows the use of a Statement of Assurance (Student Affidavit) certifying that the individual attended and successfully completed the six-hour driving safety or specialized driving safety course for which the certificate is being issued.

29. If a student has an out-of-state driver's license and we therefore cannot validate his or her identity through third-party sources, may we stop asking validation questions?

No, validation questions should be asked throughout the course.

30. What do we do with a completion certificate if a student takes 20-30 days to obtain and provide the required Student Affidavit to us?

A student's certificate should not be mailed to him or her until all course requirements have been met, and the completion date that you put on that student's certificate should be the date that the last of your course completion requirements was met by that student. By law (Code) and Rule, validation of the student's identity should be one of those requirements.

31. Should we identify all of the requirements for successful course completion to a student before he or she enrolls in the Alternative Delivery Method?

Yes, and you should include the fact that the completion date on the student's course completion certificate will be the date that the last of those requirements is met.

32. What should be asked during registration?

Ask for enough information so that you can access third-party data sources (if they are used), and you must ask for a mailing address so that the certificate can be sent to the student. That address may or may not be the same as the student's address on his or her driver's license. During student registration, you do not need to collect all of the information that is required by Section 84.210 of the revised Rules if it is available via your third-party sources (for example, a student's birth date).

33. Will my Alternative Delivery Method be permitted to use videos, film clips, and pictures that I copy from TV, magazines, or the movies?

You are responsible for gaining approval from the person or agency that owns the copyright of any multimedia, educational resource, or statistics that you use before submitting them as a part of your Alternative Delivery Method. Failure to do so could require that your Alternative Delivery Method approval be withdrawn or that you would have to make significant and/or expensive changes to your Alternative Delivery Method after it has been approved.

34. Is it true that there are new techniques in the rules for demonstrating that an Alternative Delivery Method contains sufficient content so that it would take a student 300 minutes to complete the course?

Yes. Section 84.209(b)(5) of the Rules contains revised Minimum Content requirements.

35. Are there different rules for Internet Alternative Delivery Method and video Alternative Delivery Method in the revised rules?

Yes. Although there are many identical requirements for these two types of Alternative Delivery Method there are also new subsections that identify specific requirements for Internet and for video Alternative Delivery Method. See Sections 84.209(f) and (g).

36. What are the rule interpretations concerning Alternative Delivery Method?

ADM Instructor training requirements for a driving safety course were put into effect on October 7, 2002.

37. If I have a complaint about an Alternative Delivery Method, who should I contact?

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.


Drug and Alcohol Driving Awareness Program (DADAP)

1. What is the Drug and Alcohol Driving Awareness Program (DADAP)?

DADAP is a drug and alcohol driving awareness program that is regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). The court may require the minor to attend a DADAP course approved by TDLR if convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication (if the minor has not been previously convicted of an offense).

2. How much does a DADAP class cost?

The cost of a DADAP class is not regulated by this agency. The DADAP schools can tell you the cost of their courses.

3. How long is the DADAP class?

State Approved DADAP classes are a minimum 6 hours in length.

4. Is an online version of the DADAP class available?

Yes. You can visit DADAPonline.com for more information.

5. Is a parent permitted to teach his/her child the DADAP course and get a certificate for insurance?

No. The DADAP course must be taught by a licensed DADAP instructor who uses one of the three approved DADAP courses and teaches at an approved facility or approved online course. View information about DADAP Courses.

6. Will I receive a certificate from the state after completing my DADAP class?

Your completion certificate will be issued to you at the end of the DADAP class, and although it is produced and distributed by the DADAP owner, the certificate is considered as an official state document.

7. What insurance discounts are available?

Check with your insurance agent.

8. Do you have a list of the Drug and Alcohol Driving Awareness classroom locations?

Yes, view the approved DADAP classroom locations throughout Texas.

9. If I want to become a DADAP instructor, who should I contact?

You'll need to contact the DADAP providers for information on how to become a DADAP instructor. They can tell you when their instructor training classes are being conducted, where, the course length, and the cost.

10. Are there any prerequisites to becoming a DADAP instructor?

Yes. There are requirements of good reputation and professional conduct; for example, no DWI convictions within the previous 7 years. The instructor must obtain the required training from an approved program provider, and the instructor must also have held a valid driver license for five years or have knowledge in the areas of traffic safety and alcohol/drug use and abuse.

11. How long is the course to become a DADAP instructor?

The course is a 24 hour training session taught by an approved program provider, but if you are already qualified as a DWI instructor, the course is much shorter. More Information about DADAP Instructor License Requirements.

12. If I want to open a Drug and Alcohol Driving Awareness school, where do I start?

You may download the drug and alcohol driving awareness school packet from our website.

13. If I have a complaint about a DADAP school, instructor, or classroom location, who should I contact?

Please go to https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/Complaints/ to file a complaint.

14. If I have other questions about the Drug and Alcohol Driving Awareness Program, who should I contact?

If you have questions concerning DADAP or concern/comments about a DADAP course that you attended, 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.


Instructors

Driver Education Instructors

1. What is the application fee for a driver education instructor?

This application fee is $50.

2. What is the application fee for a teacher who is currently teaching driver education at a public school?

This application fee is $25.

3. Where can I receive training to become a driver education instructor?

Please see the Instructor Preparation Courses page for a list of the universities, service centers, and licensed (commercial) driver education schools that teach driver education instructor preparation courses.

4. What is the cost of the driver education instructor preparation courses?

The schools, colleges, and universities that teach these courses establish their own fees. Please contact them for more information.

5. Can I transfer my driver education instructor license from another state to Texas?

No, driver education instructor licenses from another state cannot be transferred to Texas.

6. I'm a Teaching Assistant (TA). Am I allowed to teach in the classroom?

No, a TA is only allowed to provide in-car instruction.

7. What are the requirements to become a driver education in-car instructor?

An in-car instructor (Teaching Assistant) needs six semester hours of driver and traffic safety education courses from an approved school, college, or university. In addition, a person may not have six or more points assigned to their driver's license and must meet requirements of good reputation and professional conduct (for example, no DWI convictions within seven years).

8. When I receive my license as a driver education instructor, is that all I need to solicit and teach driver education classes to teenage students?

No. In addition, you must be teaching on behalf of a public school or a licensed driver education school. The instructor license, by itself, does not authorize you to teach teenage driver education students and you would be in violation of the law (Texas Education Code) if you did so.

9. Does this driver education instructor license authorize me to teach a Commercial Driver License (CDL) course or a course that teaches tractor trailer (18-wheel) truck driving?

No. Vocational driving courses such as commercial truck driving are regulated by the Career Schools and Veterans Education Division at the Texas Workforce Commission (office: 512-936-3100; fax: 512- 936-3111).

10. Where can I print an instructor application?

The instructor application can be found on our Instructor Forms page.

11. I have more questions. Whom should I contact?

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.

12. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?

Sign up for email updates to receive the latest news and information.

Driving Safety Instructors

(also known as Ticket Dismissal Class, Insurance Discount Class, DDC, Traffic School, Seat Belt Class, and Defensive Driving Class)

1. I want to become a driving safety instructor. How do I do that?

Course providers conduct periodic classes to teach the 36-hour instructor development course. Contact one or more of them to learn where and when their next instructor development classes (IDC) will be conducted, how much they charge, etc.

2. Are there any prerequisites to becoming a driving safety instructor?

There are no educational prerequisites. However, there are requirements of good reputation and professional conduct.

3. There is only one state-approved driving safety course, right?

No, there are more than 40 driving safety courses that are currently approved in Texas, and each of them has a different name and license number.

4. If I am trained as a driving safety instructor in one course, is that the only course that I'm allowed to teach?

Yes. You are allowed to teach only the driving safety course for which you're trained until you receive training in a different driving safety course.

5. Is it okay to be endorsed to teach more than one driving safety course?

Yes. You may teach any number of driving safety courses if you have a current driving safety instructor license with endorsements for each course.

6. Does a driving safety instructor license authorize me to teach the course wherever and whenever I want to?

No, you must teach in a licensed school or in an approved classroom location of a licensed school, and the school must have approval to teach that specific course.

7. When I become an instructor, will I give completion certificates to the students after each driving safety class?

No. You will certify that each student has successfully completed the course, and you will send that certified list of the graduates to your course provider, who will then mail certificates to the students.

8. How much do I have to pay to become a driving safety instructor?

Course providers establish their own rates for the instructor training. Please contact them. In addition, TDLR charges $50 as an application fee when you initially apply for your instructor license.

9. Where can I obtain the application form to become a driving safety instructor?

Each of the course providers has instructor application forms, and they are also available on the Instructor Forms page.

10. Who should I contact if I have other questions about being trained and licensed as a driving safety instructor?

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.

11. After I have been trained to be an instructor, how do I open a driving safety school?

Contact your course provider for details and request a school application packet.

12. What are the costs involved to open a driving safety school?

TDLR charges a $150 application fee.

13. What is an administrative staff member?

A person designated by a school owner to be responsible for all actions related to day-to-day operation and administration of the school.

Continuing Education (CE) for Driver Education Instructors

1. How do I renew my driver education instructor license?

You must submit:

  • Renewal application;
  • Renewal fee; and
  • Proof of continuing education.

2. How many hours of continuing education must I take?

To renew a driver education instructor license, a licensee must complete a total of 4 hours of continuing education

3 . What is accepted as continuing education credit?

  1. TDLR approved 4-hour driver education course through a licensed driver education school.
  2. A course that pertains to instruction techniques or instruction related to driver education provided by an accredited college or university. Evidence of completion shall be a copy of an official school document showing passing grade, number of hours completed, the name of the instructor taking the course, and a breakdown of the course.
  3. A program completed with a national, state, or regionally sponsored in-service workshops, seminars, or conferences. These programs must pertain to subjects that relate to the practice of driver education or teaching techniques. Evidence of completion shall be a copy of a completion certificate showing date completed, the number of hours completed, the name of instructor taking the course, and the course name.
  4. Completion in a Drug Offender Education Program.
  5. Public School CE if it relates to the practice of driver education or teaching techniques and is 4 hours in length. Evidence of completion shall be a copy of an official school document showing the number of hours completed, a breakdown of the course, the instructor’s name completing the course and the date of completion.
  6. A 6-hour: driving safety, specialized driving safety, or drug and alcohol driving safety awareness (DADAP) course through a licensed school.
    • Any of the following listed above can only be used once every three years:
    • The licensee may not be endorsed as an instructor in that program for a period of 1 year prior to class attendance.
  7. A licensed driver education instructor who teaches an approved 4-hour driver education CE course may receive credit if they teach the full 4-hour course.

4. I completed an eight-hour school bus driver re-certification training course. Is this acceptable for continuing education?

Yes, credit hours will be accepted based on topics that relate to the practice of Driver Education or teaching techniques. Examples of acceptable topics include Defensive Driving, Laws, Student Management, and Navigating Railroad Crossings.

5. Who notifies TDLR that I completed the required continuing education course?

You will submit proof of your completed continuing education hours along with your renewal application and fee to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, PO BOX 12157, Austin, TX 78711.

6. Can I use the same continuing education course each year?

No, licensees cannot receive continuing education hours for attending the same course more than once in three years.

7. When should my continuing education hours be completed?

Continuing education hours must be completed during the year preceding your license expiration date; for example, if your license expires September 6, 2016, your continuing education must be completed between September 7, 2015 and September 6, 2016.

8. If I complete only 4 hours of one of the 6-hour driving safety, specialized driving safety, or DADAP course will that count as continuing education?

No, you must complete all 6 hours to receive credit.

9. Is an online driving safety course acceptable for continuing education?

Yes, if you have not taken the course within the last 3 years.

10 . I work for a driver education school who has an approved 4-hour continuing education course. May I take that course?

Yes.

11. I hold a Texas Teacher certificate with the Texas Education Agency and a driver education instructor license with the TDLR.  Can I use the same CE hours for both licenses?

Yes, if long as the course meets the 4-hour requirement and the course is related to driver education or teaching techniques.

12. How do I know if my course will meet the continuing education requirements?

You may contact our Customer Service Division at 800-803-9202 or send an email with the course information to CS.Driver.Education.Safety@tdlr.texas.gov.

13. I completed more than the required amount of continuing education necessary for my renewal. Can I use the remaining hours towards my continuing education hours needed for next year?

No, continuing education credits cannot roll over.

14. Do I need to submit evidence of driver education continuing education if my instructor license has expired and I need to reapply?

Yes, you must submit evidence of completing driver education continuing education within the last 12 months.

15. I do not see the instructor renewal application on the TDLR website how do I renew my license?

All instructor renewal notices are mailed directly to the instructor 60 days prior to the expiration date of the license. If you did not receive yours in the mail please send an email to the department; include your name, instructor license number, and current mailing address, so another notice can be issued.

16. I renewed my license weeks ago, but have not received it yet. What should I do?

If you do not receive your license within 30 days after submitting your completed renewal application, please contact our Customer Service Division at 800-803-9202 or cs.driver.education.safety@tdlr.texas.gov.

Continuing Education (CE) for Driving Safety Instructors

1. How do I renew my Driving Safety and Specialized Driving Safety Instructor license?

You must submit:

  • Renewal application;
  • Renewal fee; and
  • Complete two hours of continuing education.

2. I work for more than one course provider. Do I have to complete two hours of continuing education with each course provider?

Yes. If you are employed by more than one course provider, you must complete two hours with each course provider.

3. Do I have to send in all of my sign-in sheets with my renewal application and fee?

No, only submit the certificate of completion provided to you by the course provider.

4. Who notifies TDLR that I have completed a required continuing education course?

You must submit a certificate of completion to TDLR along with your renewal application and renewal fee.

5. Can I use the same continuing education course each year?

No, you may not receive continuing education hours for attending the same course more than once.

6. When should my continuing education hours be completed?

Continuing education hours must be completed during the year preceding your license expiration date; for example, if your license expires September 6, 2016, your continuing education must be completed between September 7, 2015 and September 6, 2016.

7. I renewed my license weeks ago, but have not received it yet. What should I do?

If you do not receive your license within 30 days after submitting your completed renewal application, please contact our Customer Service Division at 800-803-9202 or cs.driver.education.safety@tdlr.texas.gov.


Certificates

1. Will I receive my certificate from the instructor at the end of the driving safety class?

No. By law, the certificate must be mailed to you by the course provider.

2. May I have the course provider mail the certificate directly to the court?

No, the course provider is not permitted to mail the certificate to the court.

3. How long will it take for me to receive the certificate?

You should receive it within one to three weeks after the class is completed unless you request (and pay for) an expedited delivery.

4. If I don't receive the certificate, who should I contact?

If you don't receive your certificate within three weeks (21 calendar days) from the date you completed the class, call the telephone number that was given to you by your instructor.

5. Are course providers that have an approved online Alternative Delivery Method allowed to send a course completion certificate to a student by e-mail or via other electronic means?

No. The law and rules require that all certificates of course completion be mailed or sent by a commercial delivery service. Electronic delivery such as e-mail and facsimile are not acceptable as a commercial delivery service.

6. I lost the form that I received when I graduated from my driver education class, and I need it to get my driver license (or for my insurance company). Who can I contact to get a duplicate?

This is the DE-964 or DE-964E Certificate of Completion. To obtain a duplicate certificate, contact the public school or driver education school that you attended or contact your parent taught driver education course provider, if you completed the course via the Parent Taught Driver Education Program.