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How Long Does Texas Drivers Ed Take?

The path to a full, unrestricted Texas driver's license starts with driver's ed. Your driver's education course may be online or in a classroom, taught by an instructor or by your parent, but Texas state law determines the required amount of hours each class must take.

The Texas Driver's Education Course

Regardless of which driver's ed option you choose, in the state of Texas the requirements are still the same:

  • An approved written "in-classroom" course with at least 32 hours of instruction
  • An approved "in-car" training course that consists of at least 7 hours of behind-the-wheel training and 7 hours of in-car observation
  • At least 30 hours of additional behind-the-wheel training (including 10 hours at night) supervised by a licensed parent or guardian

Don't forget that teens must hold a learner license before start the in-car phase of their driver's education. They can apply for one as soon as they complete 6 hours of their "in-classroom" course.

All in all, a Texas teenager is required to take a grand total of 32 hours of driver's ed and 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training before being eligible for their Texas provisional license.

While this is the minimum required amount of hours, it's nonetheless recommended to get in as much in-car practice as possible - after all, practice makes perfect!