Texas Teen Drivers Ed: The Key to a Drivers License
Instructions for Teens Under 18 (Over 18? Click here.)
Step 1. Take a teen drivers education course.
Ready to start earning your first Texas drivers license? If you're a teen under 18, you're required to complete an approved Texas teen drivers education program.
Teen drivers education includes:
- An approved course with at least 32 hours of classroom instruction
- At least 7 hours of behind-the-wheel training and 7 hours of in-car observation from an approved school
- At least 30 additional hours of behind-the-wheel training (including 10 hours at night) supervised by a licensed parent or guardian
Teen drivers have three options:
- A course through a public school (high school)
- A course through a state-approved driver training school (like us!)
- A parent-taught driver education (PTDE) course using an approved curriculum (like the one we offer!)
The process described below is for the state-approved driver training school option.
Complete the required hours of classroom drivers education, to receive a Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964).
Step 2. Apply for a learner license.
Once teens are least 15 years old, they can apply for a learner license. Teens can apply at a Drivers License Office, but need to have their parent or guardian along with them to sign the application.
Be sure to bring the required documents:
- Proof of your Social Security number
- Proof of your identity
- Proof of your U.S. citizenship or lawful presence
- Proof of your Texas residency
One of the following:
- Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE)
- High school diploma
- Your Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964)
- PTDE Program Receipt
At the office, you will need to:
- Complete an application
- Pass a 40-question knowledge test with a minimum score of 70%, if you didn't already take the test during your drivers education course
- Pass a vision screening
- Provide the required personal information
- Provide your thumbprint
- Pay a fee
Your learner license will be issued after you've passed the tests and completed all the requirements. Congratulations! Now you're one of the hundreds of thousands of teen drivers we've helped get out on the road safely!
Step 3. Practice driving for 6 months.
Once you have your learner license, you can start the in-car phase of your driver education.
While driving, all teen drivers must be supervised by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old sitting in the passenger seat beside them. This means you!
You need to:
- Hold your learner license for at least 6 months (not counting any days your license has been suspended)
- Complete the required 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training (7 hours of in-car lessons, 7 hours of in-car observation, and 30 hours of supervised practice driving, including 10 hours at night)
Step 4. Apply for your provisional license.
When you're ready for the driving test, go to the Drivers License Office to apply for your provisional drivers license. You must be at least 16 years old.
Bring the documents listed in Step 2. Make sure you also have:
- Your learner license
- Proof of current liability insurance for the vehicle you will be using for the road test
- Your Certificate of Completion
- PTDE Program Receipt
Once you've passed the driving test, you will be issued a provisional license that will be valid until you turn 18.
Your provisional license allows you to drive under the following restrictions:
- You may only drive with one passenger under the age of 21 who is not a family member
- You cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m. except for work, school-related activities, or medical emergencies