Which Driver Ed Course Do I Need?
The options can be confusing — let's cover the basics:
How old are you?
If you are 14–17 years old, you have 2 options, our Parent-Taught Driver Ed (PTDE) course and our Online Self-Taught Driver Ed course. Both classes will enable you to get your first Texas driver's permit and license, but by different methods. Let's compare them:
Parent-Taught Driver Ed
Our Parent-Taught Driver Ed course, lets students and parents work together to teach teens the importance of driving safely. It allows a parent (or legal guardian) to work one-on-one with the student to meet the TDLR-required 44 hours of behind-the-wheel driving.
With PTDE, teens and parents are required to request approval from the TDLR by completing their application. Once the teen is approved, the TDLR sends a Parent-Taught Driver Ed Packet. As soon as you receive your TDLR packet, you can start the online course material needed to apply for your first Texas learner's permit and driver's license. Teens 15–17 years of age can apply for their learner's permit as soon as they complete the first course module. The online learner's permit exam is not included in the with the PTDE course, but students can opt to add it when they are ready, allowing them to take the exam online and skip the DPS! Learn more and register here.
Online Self-Taught Driver Ed
Our Online Driver Ed course is for students who want to satisfy the state's learning requirements on their own, without the aid of a parent (or legal guardian). Teens can start their online driver education immediately after registering. Teens 15–17 years old can opt to take the learner's permit exam online after completing the first course module — it's included as part of the course package. No need to take the test in person at the DPS! Learn more and register here.
To meet the state-mandated 44 hours of behind-the-wheel driving, Online Driver Ed students have 2 choices: they can obtain instruction from a driving school or opt to add our Behind-the-Wheel course.