Texas Parent Taught Drivers Ed
TDLR state approved Texas drivers ed course #107 for teens 14-17. Includes everything teen drivers need to get their Texas learners permit and drivers license.
32 Hour Online Classroom Learning
44 Hours of In-Car Training with parent
Instant DE-964 Certificate Access
Take the DPS Test Online
12 Months Course Access
Bonus Driving Test Video
Everything You Need in One Course
Your teen deserves safe, quality and effective driver training. At Virtual Drive, “every student matters” because there is no student more important, than yours. Texas parent taught driver education is the preferred choice for families with teen(s) who need the flexibility to complete their drivers ed course at their own pace, as their time permits.
Our parent taught course is self-paced and includes 32 hours of online classroom training that teen drivers can complete on any computer or laptop. 44 hours of behind-the-wheel driver training are provided by the parent or legal guardian who serve as the in-car instructor using structured professional driver training curriculum, on your own schedule.
How does Parent taught drivers ed work in Texas?
The way parent taught driver education works is, the teen driver completes what would normally be classroom instruction time, on their computer through an online course. The parent provides behind-the-wheel driving instruction to their teen, covering structured driving objectives to help their teen learn how to drive.
Step 1: Enroll in our TDLR Approved Parent Taught Driver Education Course
Start by registering for Texas Parent taught driver education. Be sure and check the Texas driver education requirements to ensure the parent/instructor meets the requirements. Our course approval number is #107 and is approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
After enrolling in our parent taught drivers ed course, you will receive an email with your student’s login information. From there, the course will provide any/all forms you will need and guide you through the course requirements.
Step 2: Request for enrollment in the Parent Taught Program from TDLR
Print, complete and mail Form DL-92 to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (address is on the form). This is a required step for any and all Texas parent taught drivers ed courses. The state will do a minor background check on the designated parent instructor, add the student to the DPS database, and mail your PTDE packet to the address included on form DL-92.
Step 3: Begin the classroom (online) drivers ed training
Once the student has received their parent taught driver education (PTDE) packet from the State, they may begin the classroom (online) course training. The first six hours prepares the student for the DPS written test.
Step 4: Apply for Texas Learners Permit
After completing the first six hours of parent taught drivers ed, and being at least 15 years of age, teen drivers can apply for their Texas Learners Permit. Be sure and bring the following documents to your local DPS office:
- Application for Texas driver license (DL-14A)
- Your permit qualification certificate (DE-964E)
- Classroom Progress Report
- Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) form
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Proof of Texas Residency
- Proof of Vehicle Registration and Insurance
- Permit fee of $16.
Step 5: Behind-the-Wheel Driving Lessons
Once a teen driver has received their Texas learners permit, they can begin the behind-the-wheel driving lessons. Parents have structured professional driver training curriculum to cover driving objectives with their teen. The Parent’s guide to teaching driver education offers valuable information for parents on how to begin. Your student will continue work in the online driver education course as their time permits, and as your time permits, can practice driving with your teen student.
Step 6: Complete the Parent Taught Driver Education Course
During this time, teen drivers will continue working on the online driver education training and behind-the-wheel lessons at their own pace, until the parent taught drivers education training is completed. Students can expand their driving experience with a parent in the driver seat with trips to the store, local events and other driving activities.
Step 7: Apply for Texas Provisional Drivers License
Once a teen driver completes the Texas parent taught drivers ed course, has held their learners permit for at least six months and are least sixteen years of age, the student can take the DPS road test at your local DPS office. After completing and passing the DPS driving test, teen drivers will be issued a provisional Texas drivers license.
Frequently Asked Questions About Parent Taught Driver Education
At what age can my teen begin parent taught drivers ed?
In Texas, you must be at least 14 years of age to begin Texas parent taught driver education, however, a Texas learners permit will not be issued until the student is at least 15 years of age. Teens under the age of 18 must complete an approved driver education course before receiving a Texas provisional drivers license.
What is DE-964?
DE-964 is the driver education certificate issued by the driving school after completing Texas parent taught driver education. This certificate is very important. Be sure to make copies. A copy of the DE-964 must be presented to the DPS office when applying for a Texas provisional drivers license.
How many hours are required for the parent taught driver education?
Teens 14-17 must complete 32 hours of online (or classroom) training and 44 hours of behind the wheel instruction.
How long does it take to complete parent taught drivers ed?
It depends upon the schedule of both the teen and the parent instructor. Most of our students finish parent taught drivers ed in approximately four months. Some finish the course in as little as two months and some go beyond six months.
It is a self-paced course and teen drivers can complete the online drivers ed training as their time permits. Many teens choose to complete an hour or two per day, while other teens have a very busy schedule with extra-curricular school activities and or work.
The parent instructor will provide the instruction on the behind-the-wheel lessons. The parent or guardian will have print outs to cover each driving objective. This too, is self-paced. There is no daily requirement.
Many parents choose to designate two or three evenings per week, after work and a Saturday or Sunday where they will spend an hour or two with their teen on the behind-the-wheel requirements. Determine what works best for your schedule and work with your teen driver a little a time.
How do we log our behind-the-wheel driving time?
The parent taught drivers ed packet you receive from the State will include a behind the wheel instruction log sheet. As driving objectives are completed, parents will sign off on each objective. This log sheet is important and must be submitted to the DPS office when apply for a provisional drivers license.
What’s the difference between your standard and deluxe course?
Both include everything your teen needs to get their learners permit and drivers license. Both are complete parent taught drivers ed courses, with nothing extra to purchase. The deluxe course includes six additional months of course access and includes the DPS written test inside the course. The deluxe course is best for students and parents who may have busy schedules and require more time to complete the course.
The standard course includes six months of course access. This is adequate time to complete the course, with a steady and persistent schedule. Most of our students enroll in the deluxe parent taught drivers ed Texas course so they can take the DPS test online, take the course at a slower pace, and have instant access to their DE-964 certificate.