Parent Taught Drivers Education – The Student
If you are a minor living in the State of Texas, you will have to complete a driver education course before you can apply for your license or permit. One of the most popular options – there are three different options to choose from to satisfy this requirement – is parent-taught driver's education. This option allows a parent, grandparent, step-parent or -grandparent, or legal guardian to teach the state-mandated driver's education course. Many teens find this option appealing, for obvious reasons, but you should consider your options before making any decision. Additionally, you must have an eligible adult who is willing to teach the course before you can begin.
You can begin the classroom or instructional portion of your driver's education course when you are 14 years of age. There are three types of driver education programs to choose from in Texas:
- Driver Training School
- Parent-taught Driver Education
- Public School
Each option is slightly different. For example, the standard driver training course and parent-taught driver education course each include 32 hours of classroom instruction, while public school courses can range in length from 32-56 hours. Additionally, while many driver training classes include behind-the-wheel training, parent-taught courses typically do not, as this requirement is satisfied by a parent or guardian.
The benefits of parent-taught driver's education in the State of Texas are many, however. You can study for your license or permit at your own convenience, from the comfort of your own home. You can also take the final exam as many times as is necessary to pass, as the course is being taught at home – not in a classroom. Taking a Texas-approved, parent-taught driver education course all but guarantees your success.
There are a number of different packages that you can choose from, including the official state packet. However, we recommend that you choose our parent taught drivers ed course. It is convenient, easy, and designed to suit your needs.
Parent Taught Drivers Education – The Teacher
If you are a parent or guardian of a teenager currently in the process of earning his or her permit or driver's license, you can help. It may be possible for you to teach a parent-taught driver's education course to satisfy the Driver's Ed requirements mandated by the State of Texas. However, you must meet certain criteria before you can teach the course. These include:
- Possess a valid driver's license
- Have a minimum of three years' experience
- No suspensions or revocations on license record for past three years
- Must have less than six points on license record
- No DUI/DWI/criminally negligent homicide convictions on record
- Are not mentally disabled
The results of the parent-taught driver's education course can be nullified if it's found that any of the above requirements are not met, so it's important to confirm that you are able to teach the course before beginning the process. If you do meet the requirements, this can be a tremendously beneficial option for you and your child.
If you are interested in a Texas parent-taught driver's education course, get started today. You can order the state packet by filling out a DL-92 form or take advantage of our state-approved parent-taught driver's education course (course #107)!