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Getting Started with Parent-Taught Driver Education

The parent taught program is complex and requires parents, guardians, and designees to work with multiple entities. The Driver Education Teen course consists of a minimum of 32 hours of classroom instruction, 7 hours of in-car observation, 7 hours of behind the wheel supervised instruction, and 30 additional hours of behind the wheel instruction.

Before beginning a parent taught course, thoroughly read all webpages to avoid unnecessary costs, delays, or invalidated training hours.

Step 1 Eligibility and Authorization

The parent, guardian, or designee, and student must first verify their eligibility to participate in the parent taught program. The parent, guardian, or designee must then apply for authorization to conduct a driver education course.

Becoming a Parent Taught Instructor


Step 2 Selecting a Classroom Course

You’ll need to purchase the curriculum from a licensed driver education provider with the parent-taught endorsement.

The classroom instruction page will help you to choose a course, learn about methods of instruction, and provide helpful info on taking the written exam.

Learn About Courses


Step 3 Learner License

After the student has completed sufficient classroom hours, they can apply for a learner license at the DPS driver license office.

The learner license page has information on when you can apply, and what you need to bring with you.

Get a Learner License


Step 4 Selecting a Behind the Wheel Course

If you have not done so already, you must purchase the curriculum from a licensed driver education provider with the parent taught endorsement.

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The in-car instruction and practice phase consist of 44 hours of training; 7 hours of in-car observation, 7 hours of behind the wheel training, and 30 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, including at least 10 hours of nighttime instruction, in the presence of an adult who meets the requirements of Texas Transportation Code, §521.222(d)

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Step 5 Provisional License

After the student has completed all instructional and practice hours, they are eligible to test for a provisional license.

If the student is under 18, they must have held a valid learner’s license for at least six months.

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