Texas Driver Ed FAQ
Minor and Adult Driver Education
How long is the minor and adult driver education course
The classroom phase of a driver education course is at least 32 hours, and it cannot be completed in fewer than 16 days. The in-car phase consists of 7 hours of behind-the-wheel driving, 7 hours of in-car observation, and an additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice, of which 10 hours must be done at night.
The additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice must be monitored from the front passenger seat during the driving practice by an adult 21 years or older who holds a valid driver license and has at least one year of driving experience.
Can a person older than 18, but younger than 25, take the minor and adult driver education course (32 hours of classroom, 7 hours behind-the-wheel, 7 hours observation)?
Yes, anyone 14 years old or older can take the course however here at A+ we do not offer the adult course or certificate. Please visit dps for a list of schools who offer the adult course with certificate.
Who is required to take a driver education course?
Any person between 14 and 25 years old.
I lost the form that I received when I completed my driver education course and I need it to get my driver license. Who can I contact to get a duplicate
To get a duplicate certificate of completion (the DE-964 or DE-964E Certificate of Completion), please contact us. We will place the $25 fee in your student account. This fee must be paid prior to us creating the new certificate.
My child dropped out of high school and has been told that they cannot get a driver license until they are 18. Is that true?
Yes. Persons under 18 must be enrolled and attending school as a condition of being licensed to operate a motor vehicle, unless the person has a high school diploma or GED.
What is a student's alternative to getting a Verification of Enrollment and Attendance Form from their high school during the summer months?
If the VOE is issued the last week of school or during the summer, it is valid for more than the normal 30 days; i.e. until school starts after summer vacation. If you are applying during the summer and are still enrolled in school, your last report card for the most recent school year is acceptable if it has the student's name, a list of absences, and a complete listing of grades.
I am enrolled in a 32-hour teen driver education course and I just turned 18. Can I use the time I have already completed as proof of completion of my 6-hour adult driver education course?
No. Teen driver education classroom hours cannot be applied to the 6-hour adult driver education classroom hour requirements. You must complete the full adult driver course or complete the full teen driver education program.
How long is the Adult course?
This is a 6-hour course offered by a licensed driver education school. It may be completed online or in-person.
I am an adult with no license can I drive with you?
Yes we do offer the course with private lessons and the road test. Visit our adult page for the services.
First you would have to take the adult course if you are between ages 18-25. The adult course is a 6 hour course. Once you have completed the course from the school you attended you have two options.
- Schedule a DPS appt and take all your required paper work to DPS and take the state road test with dps.
- Schedule a DPS appt to obtain your driver's license with the B restriction (adult permit must drive with someone 21 and older). Once you have the the DL with B restriction (paper copy is accepted as long as it is not expired) then log into your student account and schedule drives for days and times that best fit you and your family.
If I start at one driver education school, am I allowed to transfer to a different school?
Yes, you may transfer to another driver education school. For more information about transfers, please contact driver education and safety program staff.
I was enrolled in an out-of-state driver education course and completed part of or all my classroom hours but never got a driver license or permit. Do these hours transfer to Texas?
Out of state hours do not transfer to Texas. You will need to enroll into a Texas driver education program to complete the classroom and driving requirements necessary to obtain a Texas learner's permit and driver license. Please check with DPS for more information.
I have a learner's license from out of state. Does that transfer to Texas?
Please check with DPS for more information on transferring your learner license to Texas .
How long must I hold a Texas learner's permit before I can get my provisional license?
You must hold a Texas learner's permit for a minimum of six months (unless you turn 18) prior to obtaining your provisional license.
I've heard that my child can complete the classroom phase of driver education at their high school or a licensed driver education school, and afterwards we can transfer to the Parent Taught Program so I can teach the in-car portion. Is that true?
Yes, that can be done but there are requirements:
- Your child must complete the entire classroom phase at the licensed driver education school or high school. You must obtain an official transfer of classroom hours from the high school or licensed driver education school, so you can prove to DPS that they completed the classroom phase. The transfer is also used to obtain their permit.
- You must apply for a TDLR Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide and receive it before you and your child begin the in-car phase. Your child must also have a valid learner's permit issued by DPS before any driving instruction may be given.
You must complete the requirements as specified in the TDLR Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide, but only those that apply to the in-car phase.
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