Apply for a New ATV Safety Instructor Approval

You must be approved to teach an off-highway vehicle safety training course.

An “off-highway vehicle” is an all-terrain vehicle, a recreational off-highway vehicle, a sand rail, or a utility vehicle, as those terms are defined in Texas Transportation Code §551A.001.


Instructor Training

To apply for approval, you must first complete an instructor preparation course from the All-terrain Vehicle Safety Institute (ASI).

The fee is $1,000 per person, which includes the cost of tuition and course materials.

Once you have completed the instructor preparation course, you will complete a license agreement with ASI as an ATV instructor, but you will still need to apply for Texas approval (see below).


Apply for a Texas Approval

Submit a completed ATV Instructor Approval Application Form (PDF). There is no fee to apply.

You must include with your application materials proof of having completed the ASI instructor course and the ASI license agreement.


Providing Instruction to Students

Please see the Off-Highway Vehicle Instructor Operations Guide page for details about curriculum, course completion certificates, and other operating requirements.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation) or pleaded guilty or no contest (resulting in a deferred adjudication) to any in-state, out-of-state or federal criminal offense, you must provide a completed Criminal History Questionnaire (PDF) along with your application materials.

The department will conduct a criminal history background check on all persons who apply for or renew an approval. Criminal convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Approvals may be denied based on the nature of the conviction and how long prior to the application the conviction occurred. Depending on your criminal history, a review can take from one to six weeks to complete.

Individuals may request TDLR review their criminal background before actually applying for an approval. TDLR uses the same process for this pre-application evaluation as the process described below. See the Criminal History Evaluation Letter page for more information.

Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process that TDLR uses to determine whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the approval, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of an approval previously granted.