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Choosing a Driver Education Course

Teens

Individuals under 18 years of age are required to complete a driver education course and present the Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964) at the driver license office.

When applying for a license, the driving test is required. The knowledge test will be waived if it was completed during the driver education course.

NOTE: An individual may start the classroom phase of a driver education course at 14 years of age but cannot apply for a learner license until he/she is at least 15.

There are three types of driver education for teens:

  1. A traditional driver education course offered by a driver training school
  2. Parent-taught driver education (PTDE)
  3. Driver education offered in public school

This chart shows the differences between the three types of driver education for teens:

Teen Driver Education Course requirements

Description

Driver Training School

Parent-Taught Driver Education (PTDE)

Public School*

Hours of required classroom instruction

32

32

32, 40 or 56 (depends on school)

Hours of required behind the wheel training

34 Hours.
Note: 44 hours if enrolled in a driver education course after 10/1/2013

34 Hours.
Note: 44 hours if enrolled in a driver education course after 10/1/2013

34 Hours.
Note: 44 hours if enrolled in a driver education course after 10/1/2013

Simulator driving allowed

Yes

No

Yes

Partial classroom instruction transfer allowed

Yes, from one driver education school to another

No

Yes, if the public school or driver education school approves it

Full classroom instruction transfer allowed

Yes

No Concurrent Method
Yes Block Method

Yes

Driving instruction transfer allowed

Yes, from one driver education school to another

No

No

*Please contact the school directly for more information.

Adults

Individuals between 18 and 24 years of age are required to complete a driver education course and present the original certificate of completion at the driver license office. A driver education course is not required for individuals who already hold a valid driver license from another U.S. state or U.S. territory, or from Canada, France, South Korea, or Germany (countries with license reciprocity agreements with Texas).

When applying for a license, the driving test is required. The knowledge test will be waived if it was completed during the driver education course.

There are two types of driver education for adults:

  1. Six-hour adult driver education course which can be taken either online or in the classroom
  2. Traditional driver education course offered through a driver training school (this course is recommended for individuals who want additional behind-the-wheel and classroom training)

This chart shows the main differences between the two types of driver education for adults:

Adult Driver Education Requirements (18-24 years)

Description

Adult Driver
Education Course

Traditional Driver
Education Course

Online

Yes (6 Hours)

Yes (32 Hours)

Classroom instruction

Yes (6 Hours)

Yes (32 Hours)

Behind-the-wheel training

None

Yes (34 Hours.
Note: 44 hours if enrolled in a driver education course after 10/1/2013)

Age

18 and older

15 and older

*Please contact the driver training school directly for more information.
**Traditional driver education requires the completion of classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training.