Online Texas Driver Education
The State of Texas offers several driver education options, and luckily for teens and parents, two of them are online. While you may have never considered online training before, its popularity is growing among teens and parents as the most convenient and affordable option for fulfilling the driver education requirement in Texas
How Does an Online Course Work?
Online courses aren't complicated. On the contrary, they're designed to be simple and stress-free. Instead of sitting in a classroom for hours at a time and listening to a lecture, online courses work like an interactive e-textbook. You create a login that gives you 24/7 access to the course and learn the material through text, videos and lifelike animations. The material is broken down into modules, and each module consists of short segments that are easy to navigate without getting overwhelmed. Because our course will save your progress automatically, you don't need to worry about losing your place.
Online courses have a lot to offer students. These courses are often hundreds of dollars cheaper than a classroom course. There are three ways to take your driver education course online in Texas: Parent-Taught, Self-Taught, and Adult (18+ only).
Online courses offer these benefits:
- Flexible schedules — complete lessons wherever and whenever you want.
- Self-paced learning — log on and off as needed, course saves your progress.
- Low cost — save money and time compared to classroom courses.
- Use any mobile device — complete course on any device with internet access.
- Available 24/7 — our customer care team is US-based and here for you 24/7.
When you take an online course, you don't have to be driven to and from class, which can save a lot of time for you and your family. If you miss a class with a traditional classroom, you must make it up or sometimes start over completely. With an online course, you have the freedom and flexibility to work at your own pace — giving you complete control over when and where you take the course. Since the course saves your progress, you don't need to worry about forgetting where you left off.
Because our courses are mobile friendly, you can access the course on your laptop, phone, tablet, or any digital device with internet access. You can work on the course while riding the bus and then pull it up later at home — picking up right where you left off.
Texas Parent-Taught Driver Education (PTDE)
This program will satisfy both the classroom and behind-the-wheel requirements. With the help of the Parent-Taught Driver Education Packet, it allows your parent or guardian to act as your instructor, guiding you through the classroom course and then taking charge of your behind-the-wheel practice.
The PTDE program is a great opportunity for teens and parents to work together. Instead of driving beside a stranger and getting nervous, you're able to learn in a familiar environment. Having your parent as an instructor can help keep you on track. Since it's significantly cheaper than a traditional classroom, it has become a popular option for parents and teens.
Texas Self-Taught Online Driver Education
This program will satisfy the classroom requirement, not the behind-the-wheel requirement.
This course is a student-initiated class where you sit down and work through the course when you have time. Like the parent-taught course, you will read through the material and watch a few videos and animations.
However, this class does not include the behind-the-wheel training. Once you've completed the course, you can transfer your credits to a driving school. Because of this, the course really allows you some flexibility. If you don't want to attend a traditional class for the classroom requirement and prefer to go the traditional route for your behind-the-wheel, this course allows you to do that. Because you took an online course, the cost of behind-the-wheel training isn't as steep.
Online Adult Driver Education
This, of course, is the option available to those who are over 18 years old. This is a short course that satisfies the state's driver education requirements for young adults. Teens who are 18+ have no behind-the-wheel requirements.
If you are 25 or older you can apply for a driver's license without any driver education.
Texas Driver Education Requirements
Texas expects 14 to 17-year-old teens to satisfy both a classroom and behind-the-wheel requirement, though you can apply for a Texas learner's permit very early in this process. Teens who are over 18 years old only have a classroom requirement and do not need to apply for a permit.
Please keep in mind public school courses are usually 56 hours long, though the state only requires a minimum of 32 hours.
Classroom Versus Online
Once you have decided whether you want to take the parent-taught, self-taught, or adult (if applicable) course, then you need to choose which method you will use: online, public school or driving school. Each option has something unique to offer, and you must decide which is best for you. If you like the affordability and convenience of an online course, register for online driver's ed today!