Texas Driver Education for Teens

Texas Parent Taught Driver Education is most common type of driver training in Texas and with good reason. First, it’s considered a tradition my many Texas families, where parents were taught how to drive by their parents and now pass that on to their teen students. Second, it’s by far the most affordable method of driver education training available.

Our Texas driver education course for teens is approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation as Course #107 by Virtual Drive of Texas. As an approved provider by the State of Texas, our online driver education training includes everything your teen needs to get their learners permit and drivers license. Learn more about this course by clicking the button below.

Texas Driver Education for Adults

Texas requires first time drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 who did not complete a formal Texas driver education course as a teen, to complete a six hour Adult driving course. This course is approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) as course number #C2636 by Virtual Drive of Texas.

This six hour interactive Texas Adult Driver Education course includes short modules designed to help accelerate your learning and includes end of module practice tests to help you determine who well you are retaining knowledge. The Adult course also includes the DPS written test online. Upon completion of the six hours of online training, students have immediate access to their ADE-1317 certificate and can apply for their permit or drivers license at their local DPS office.

Texas Driver Education Online

Are you ready to take the Department of Public Safety (DPS) written test? Our free Texas drivers license practice test will test your knowledge of the Texas drivers handbook. The test is composed of questions and answers directly from the handbook and is representative of what you would see on the actual DPS test.

After completing the practice test, you can review your answers and compare them to the correct answers to see how well you did. Print your test results, or even share your test results with friends and family on social media.  To take the DPS written test online, adults 18 and over can enroll in our state approved Texas Driver Education online course online for adults that includes six hours of online training, and the actual DPS written test in the course.  Upon completion, you can print your certificate, take it to your local DPS office as proof of having completed the written test.

Is Drivers Ed required in Texas?

Yes.  First time drivers under the age of 25 are required to take an approved driver education course.  Teens between the ages of 14 – 17 must complete an approved Texas Parent Taught Driver Education course.  Adults 18 – 24 must complete an approved Texas Adult Driver Education course.

What do I need for drivers ed in Texas?

Teens under the age of 18 and at least 14 years of age must complete the 32 hours of online training and 44 hours of driver training with a parent or legal guardian. Additionally, the student must have held their learners permit for at least six months and be at least 16 years old in order to received their provisional drivers license.

Adult drivers 18-24 must complete a six hour Texas driver education course approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Upon completion, the driver can choose to apply for a learners permit to legally practice driving with a licensed adult driver in the passenger seat, until they are ready to take the DPS road test.

How much does it cost to take drivers ed?

In Texas, driver education courses typically range from $38 for adults to $100 for teens who take their course online.  Driving schools are considerably more expense and can range from $375 up to $600.

How does an 18 year old get a drivers license in Texas?

The general steps for an 18 year old to get their drivers license in Texas are:

  1. Enroll in a TDLR State approved Texas Adult driver education course.
  2. Complete the six hours of online training.
  3. Take the DPS written exam in the course.
  4. Print the ADE-1317 Drivers Education Certificate.
  5. Bring certificate and documents to your local DPS office.
  6. Receive your Texas learners permit, or schedule road test for your Texas Drivers license.

Can you drive at 15 in Texas?

The minimum driving age in Texas is 15, with a Texas learners permit, and a licensed driver 21 or over in the passenger seat. Once the driver has completed all driver education requirements, has had their permit for at least six months, and is at least sixteen years of age, they can apply for their Texas provisional drivers license.

Can you take drivers ed online in Texas?

Yes. Texas Driver Education courses are available online for both teen (parent taught – sometimes referred to as PTDE) and Adults. In the modern age of internet and technology, many first time drivers are choosing online classes over traditional driving schools.

When can you start driver education in Texas?

Teens can begin the online classroom driver education training at 14 years of age.  A teen must complete the first six hours of online training and be at least 15 years of age before receiving a learners permit.  A teen must be at least 16 years of age AND held their learners permit for at least six months, before receiving their provisional Texas drivers license.

Can you practice driving without a permit in Texas?

No.  Teens cannot practice driving without a learners permit and a licensed adult 21 years or older in the passenger seat.

Do adults need a learner’s permit in Texas?

To legally practice driving, first time adult drivers need a learners permit and must be accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years or older in the passenger seat.  Adults 18-24 who complete an online adult driver education course can opt to bypass getting a learners permit and schedule their road test with the DPS.  However, it is generally recommended that adults get their learners permit first.

Can I drive to school with a permit in Texas?

Yes, as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years of age or older.  Generally this question refers to teens under the age of 18 who wish to know if they can drive alone to school with a permit … the answer is no.