Parent Taught Driver Education (PTDE) Program Requirements

Student Age

Students must be 14 years old before beginning the classroom hours; however, they may not test for a learner license until their 15th birthday.

Instruction Time

A PTDE course consists, at minimum, of 76 hours of instruction time:

  • 32 hours of classroom instruction (must not be completed in fewer than 16 calendar days)
  • 44 hours of in-car instruction made up of
    • seven hours of in-car observation,
    • seven hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, and
    • 30 hours of additional driving practice, 10 hours of which must be at done at night.
  • In-car instruction hours must not be completed in less than 44 calendar days. A student may not be instructed more than two hours in one day. These two hours can be made up of:
    • Two hours of classroom instruction; or
    • One hour of classroom instruction and one hour of in-car instruction or practice;
  • After classroom hours are complete, in-car instruction and practice hours are limited to one hour of driving per day.

Learner License

No in-car instruction or practice is allowed until the student has been issued a learner license. It is unlawful to drive without a valid license on a public street or highway.

Instructor Requirements

  • The instructor must be the student’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian appointed by a court. A power of attorney is not considered a legal guardian. Additionally, a parent, legal guardian, or a judge of a court with jurisdiction over the student can designate a person to instruct the course who:
    • is at least 25 years old;
    • does not charge a fee for conducting the course; and
    • has at least seven years of driving experience.
  • The instructor must have a valid driver license for the prior three years.
  • Instructors cannot have:
    • a conviction (including a probated sentence) of criminally negligent homicide
    • a conviction (including a probated sentence) of driving while intoxicated in the last seven years
    • had their driver license suspended, revoked or forfeited for traffic related violations in the past three years; or
    • six or more points assigned to their driver license.

Instructor Criminal and Driver Records

Instructors are responsible for checking their criminal and driver records prior to requesting the PTDE Program Guide. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will verify the instructor’s record when it processes the student’s learner license and again when it processes the student’s provisional driver license.

If DPS determines the instructor does not meet the requirements, DPS will deny the learner license or provisional driver license along with any prior classroom instruction or behind the wheel/in-car instruction provided by the ineligible instructor.

To verify your eligibility to be an instructor before ordering the PTDE Program Guide, please use the DPS Online Driver Record Request System.

Ready to order your PTDE Program Guide? Visit the PTDE Program page.