Parent Taught Driver Education
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Parent Taught Driver Education (PTDE) is an alternative to driver education in public schools or commercial driving schools. PTDE is regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).
By signing up for the PTDE program, the parent instructor takes charge of driver education for the teen driver by working with TDLR, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and a TDLR-approved PTDE Course Provider.
To participate in the PTDE program, you must complete these steps:
- Determine if you are eligible. Prior to purchasing a Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide from TDLR, parents are responsible for checking whether their criminal and/or driver records prevent them from teaching the Parent Taught Course.
- Purchase a Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide from TDLR. The guide costs $20. After you purchase the guide, you will receive an email with a link to download the guide. Check your spam and junk folders if you do not see the email in your inbox.
- Purchase a TDLR-approved Parent Taught Driver Education Course.
PTDE Program Steps for Parent Instructors at-a-glance
Determine eligibility - Parent instructors with criminal and driver records need to contact DPS prior to requesting the PTDE Program Guide to determine eligibility.
Read program requirements and purchase the PTDE Program Guide
Choose and purchase a TDLR-approved course and start teaching
Assist your student in obtaining a learner license at a DPS facility
Complete classroom and behind-the-wheel course with your student
Assist your student in obtaining a provisional license at a DPS facility
Four key participants are involved in PTDE and perform the following roles.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- provides an Online Driver Record Request System to allow a parent to verify whether the parent is eligible to teach a student based on the parent’s criminal and driver records
- verifies the parent instructor’s driving record when it processes the student’s:
- learner license; and
- provisional license
- recognizes TDLR’s Parent Taught Driver Education Program as an alternative to conventional driver education that will satisfy training requirements for obtaining a driver permit or license
- issues driver permits and driver licenses
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)
- operates the Parent Taught Driver Education Program
- sells the Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide
- licenses and regulates driver education course providers
- approves driver education course materials
A TDLR-approved course provider
- creates and sells course materials for use by a parent instructor to teach the student
- issues a Texas Driver Education Certificate of Completion, which must be provided to DPS for a student to get a learner license and a provisional license
A parent, legal guardian, or designee
- checks whether he or she is eligible to be a parent instructor
- purchases a Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide from TDLR
- chooses a TDLR-approved Parent Taught Driver Education course provider
- purchases a Parent Taught Driver Education course directly from a course provider
- completes the classroom and behind-the-wheel course of instruction for the student
- ensures the student passes the written exam at a DPS facility
- assists the student in obtaining a learner license at a DPS facility
- assists the student in obtaining a provisional license at a DPS facility
Things You Need to Know
· You must purchase the PTDE Program Guide from TDLR ($20) and a PTDE course from a course provider (course providers charge their own additional fee; contact the course providers or visit their websites for their current fees).
- Enter the student’s legal name carefully onto the PTDE Program Guide order form . Correcting the student name later requires a written request.
- TDLR does not approve or deny parent instructors based on their driving record, only DPS can do this. Please review the instructor requirements for more information.
- When you go to DPS:
- For your Learner License , bring the receipt from your PTDE Program Guide.
- For your Provisional License, bring the receipt from your PTDE Program Guide and the 30-hour driving log.
If DPS says you need another form (for example, forms DL-90A, DL-90B, or DL-91A), please email TPSTprogram@dps.texas.gov with the full name of your child, the DPS location and the issue you are having. These forms have been phased out. Please note: TDLR cannot resolve issues with your local DPS office.
This is not a comprehensive list. Please review the PTDE Program Requirements to be sure you are eligible to participate in the PTDE program.