Questions About Driving in Texas
Q: Is a teenager required to complete a driver education course before receiving a driver license?
- Yes. Texas law requires persons under 18 years of age to successfully complete a state-approved course in driver education before they are eligible to receive driver licenses.
Q: How long is the teen driver education course?
- The classroom phase of a driver education course is at least 32 hours which cannot be completed in less than 16 days. The in-car phase consists of 7 hours of behind-the-wheel driving plus 7 hours of in-car observation.
- An additional 20 hours of behind-the-wheel driving will be monitored by the parent or guardian and are not required to be provided by a licensed driver education school. However, the hours must be completed in the presence of an adult who holds a valid license, is 21 or older, has at least one year of driving experience, and occupying the seat next to the driver.
- Licensed driver education schools must enter into a contract with the parent and/or student. The contract will specify the timeline to complete the course.
Q: If I am absent for a day or two from a driver education school, may I get an excused absence and miss those classes?
- No. To obtain a Texas driver license prior to the age of 18, all driver education hours in both the classroom and in-car must be attended or made up. Therefore, all absences must be made up no matter if the absence is excused or unexcused. Each school is responsible for developing a make-up plan based on state guidelines.
- Schools must limit the number of absences that are allowed and must require students with excessive absences to re-enter or repeat the course.
Q: How can I register for teen driver education?
- Print out contract and bring with you to school.
- Pay by credit card on line.
- Come and fill out an contract.
- Parent must sign the contract.
- Choose class date and time.
Q: What do I need for the class?
• Your best manners and attitude!
• Days 1-3; learn the Signs, Laws and Rules of Texas Roads.
• Grade of 70 required on all work!
• Final Written Exam is given at our location, not DPS!
Q: How long is the class per day
A: Each class is 2 hours long.
Q: What time are the classes?
A: During the summer, we offer classes morning, evening and afternoon classes. In the fall, winter, and spring, classes are offered 4:30p.m. - 6:30pm - 7:00p.m. - 9:00pm. View class schedule
Q: How long is the driving portion of the course and when can I schedule my driving lessons?
A: The driving portion is a total of 14 hours (7 hours driving and 7 hours observing). Driving lessons can be scheduled concurrently with the classroom portion as soon as the student has received his learner's permit.
Q: What times can I schedule driving lessons?
A: Driving lessons can be scheduled seven days a week, before or after class, as the student's and instructor's schedules permit. Once a student has registered for the driving education course, made full payment, and received his learner's permit, he can schedule his driving appointments online.
Q: What age can teens start the program?
A: Teen as early as 14 years old can register for the driving education course
Q: What should I do if I miss some of the classroom portion of the course?
A: Missed classes can be made up by attending the class during the same day at a different time (if available) or attending the missed class during the next course.
Q: Can I make partial payments for the Teen Full Driver's Education Course?
A: Yes. We will accept a deposit to enroll in the course and get started. However, the instructional permit and certificate of completion will not be issued until full payment is made.
Q: Do adults 25 or over have to take the 6-hour adult driver education class?
A: No, adults 25 or over are not required to take driver education. In order to obtain a license; however, adults 25 or over must pass a written test over the Texas Driver's Handbook and an eye exam to obtain a driving permit. Once a permit is obtained, you must pass a driving test with a State Trooper at the DPS office in order to obtain your final license.
Q: What is the 6-hour adult driver education class about?
A. The driver education course exclusive for adults includes information on alcohol and drug awareness; traffic laws; highway signs, signals, and markings that regulate, warn, or direct traffic; and issues commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, including poor decision-making, risk taking, impaired driving, distraction, speed, failure to use a safety belt, driving at night, failure to yield the right-of-way, and using a wireless communication device while operating a vehicle.
Q. Will I receive a certificate the same day I finish?
A. Yes. You will be given a certificate which must be presented to the Department of Public Safety when you submit your application for a permit or driver's license.
Q: How do I prepare for the permit test?
A: You can study the Texas Driver Handbook on your own or enroll in our 6-hour adult driver education
Q: How do I prepare for the driving test?
A: To prepare for the driving test students are encouraged to take driving lessons with us.