Choosing a Course
You'll need to purchase the classroom portion of the course from from a licensed course provider.
The courses range in price, and TDLR cannot recommend specific courses, but all courses have been reviewed to meet educational standards.
You also have the option of completing the classroom hours at a commercial driving school or through a public school. See the hybrid instruction page for more details.
After you have received confirmation of your instructor designation from TDLR and the training materials from the approved course provider, you may begin instruction.
Texas Driver Handbook
All driver education students must have access to a current edition of the Texas Driver Handbook. This publication is now available online only.
A student cannot receive credit for more than two hours per day of instruction, including both classroom and in-car instruction.
Students are limited to one hour per-day of in-car driving instruction.
The 32 hours of classroom time can’t be completed in fewer than 16 calendar days, and the 44 hours of driving instruction can’t be completed in fewer than 44 calendar days.
Taking the Written Exam
The written exam may be included as part of instruction by the commercial parent course provider. If they do not administer an exam, the student will take the exam at DPS when they go to get their Learner License.
The student will be eligible to take the written driver’s license exam when they:
- are at least 15 years old
- have completed sufficient classroom instruction
- have received the certificate of completion (DE-964) from the course provider
If you have trouble getting the parent course provider to send you the student’s completion certificate (DE-964), please email TDLR customer service with the full name of the student and the name of the parent-taught course.