Drivers Ed in Texas

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Driver's Education in Texas

Driver's education is an invaluable resource for anybody who wants to be a smarter, safer, and more responsible driver. Driver's Ed teaches the importance of traffic safety and road awareness and it can also be an excellent refresher for those who are more seasoned drivers.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires the completion of Driver's Ed in order to obtain your first driver's license if you're 24 years old or younger.

Texas Driver's Ed Eligibility Requirements

Once you turn 14 years old, you can start the classroom phase of a TX driver's education course, but you'll have to wait until you're 15 years old to apply for your learner's permit.

New to Texas?

If you're new to Texas and already took teen Driver's Ed at your school in your previous state, it may be possible to transfer those credits to Texas.

You'll need a letter from your previous school written on their letterhead that confirms the amount of hours you completed in the classroom and behind the wheel.

If you have any questions about making a transfer, please call (512) 424-2600.

Don't Forget an Online Practice Test

An ideal compliment to your Driver's Ed course is preparing for a Texas DPS written exam with an online practice test. These industry-leading study helpers have been developed from content sourced directly from the TX Driver Handbook. It's like having the answers before you take the test!

About Your Texas Driver's Ed Course

In Texas, Driver's Ed is mandatory if you are a first-time driver 24 years old and younger. Depending on your age, you will have different requirements for Driver's Ed.

Under 18 Years Old

If you're under 18 years old, your Driver's Ed course must include:

  • At least 32 hours of classroom instruction. This must be completed over at least 16 days.
  • 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training. These hours include:
    • 7 hours of in-car observation.
    • 10 hours of night driving.

NOTE: The required 32 hours of classroom instruction may vary to include up to 56 hours, depending on your course provider.

18 to 24 Years Old

If you're 18 to 24 years old, your Driver's Ed course must include:

  • 6 hours of classroom instruction (can be completed online).
  • 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training; not required if enrolled in an adult Driver's Ed course. These hours include:
    • 7 hours of in-car observation.
    • 10 hours of night driving.

Types of Driver's Ed in Texas

In Texas, there are driver's education courses for both teens and adults.

Teen Driver's Ed

Teen Driver's Ed can be taken:

  • Through a traditional driver's education course offered by a licensed driver training school (this can be online or in person).
  • At your public school.
  • At home through parent-taught driver education (PTDE).

Your qualified instructor must:

  • Have held a valid driver license with no revocations, suspension or violations for at least 3 years.
  • Have less than 6 points on their driver record.
  • Have never been convicted of or received a sentence for DUI, DWI, or a criminally negligent homicide.
  • Not be disabled due to a mental illness.

NOTE: If your instructor has lived outside of Texas during any part of the last 3 years, they must provide the TX DMV with a certified abstract driver record from their previous state when you apply for a driver's license.

Adult Driver's Ed

If you're between 18 to 24 years old, you have the choice between one of the following Texas driver's education options:

  • Adult Driver's Ed classroom instruction (can also be taken online).
  • Traditional driver's education, which includes behind-the-wheel training.

See “ About Your Driver's Ed Course" above for details on each of these options.

After Driver's Ed – What's Next?

Once you complete your Texas Driver's Ed course, your course provider will provide you with a Certificate of Completion (Form DE-964) that you'll need to bring to a Texas DPS office when you apply for your learner's permit.

You'll have to wait until you turn 15 years old to apply for your TX learner's permit. For more information, refer to our Drivers Permits in Texas page.

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Use this form to request a parent-taught driver education guide from the TX Department of Public Safety.


Submit this certificate to DPS after completing an approved teen driver education course as part of applying for your Texas driver's license. Must be obtained from your driver education provider. Not available online.

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