DL-92 – PTDE Form
After enrolling in a Texas parent taught drivers ed course, the first thing you will need to do is complete for DL-92. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) now has an electronic version of this form available now. You can fill out the Request for a NEW Parent Taught Driver Education Packet online and pay the $20 fee electronically to speed up the process. This is the quickest way to get your PTDE packet from TDLR.
The old method requires downloading Form DL-92, filling out the requested information, and sending a $20 check via mail. The new method above is much faster and more convenient.
DL-92 – What the State of Texas is looking for
When you send in your DL-92 form, what the State of Texas is looking for is to make sure the designated parent instructor is qualified to teach the training. In most cases, the parent instructor will be qualified.
The State of Texas will do a simple background check on the designated parent instructor. What they are looking for:
- The designated instructor is the student’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction.
- The instructor must have a valid driver license for the preceding three years; or if active military personnel or spouse, a valid driver license from
state of permanent residency or last duty station for the preceding three years.
- The designated parent instructor has held a valid Texas drivers license for at least the previous three years. If you are on active duty military, they will verify that you have held a drivers license from your state of residence for the past three years.
- And finally, they will check to ensure the designated parent has not had a conviction (including probated sentence) of criminally negligent homicide or a DWI/DUI conviction.
Those are the things the State is looking for when you send in your DL-92 form. Unless one of those list items specifically applies to you as the parent instructor, the approval process is a non-issue. Generally it takes about two to three weeks to receive your parent taught driver education (PTDE) packet back from the state. Once you receive this packet, your student can begin the course.
Here’s a tip: Don’t wait until the last minute to send your DL-92 off. If you know you are going to be using the parent taught method, even if you pan to do it a few months down the road, go ahead and get this process started now. It’s simple, takes a few weeks, and you will have a head start on the process by doing this early.