TEA-Licensed Course from the Drivers Ed Authority
Don't get caught up in figuring out all the complicated details. We've gathered up-to-date information about Texas license requirements and regulations for you, so you can focus on the important part: earning your Texas driver's license!
How It Works
How does online driver ed work?
It's simple. Create an account by choosing a username and password. We'll take you through the steps of enrolling in the course and give you some important information. Before you know it you'll be on the road to satisfying your Texas driver education requirement!
Your course is available to you online 24/7. That means you can log in and out whenever you want and from any computer that has Internet access! When you log back in, we'll take you back to the exact place you left off. Doesn't that sound better than spending time in a classroom? And if you have a question about the course, you can always reach customer service through 24/7 online chat.
At the end of the course there will be a final exam. According to TEA regulations, you are only allowed to take the final exam three times. If you fail the final exam for this course three times, you will have to take the course over again.
How does logging in and out work?
Easy! After you've created your account, any time you visit this site, you can log in by using the Log In button at the top right of every page. Once you log in, you will see your course dashboard. This will show you an overview of the products you have signed up for, and will allow you to continue the course or to review material you have already completed.
From the course dashboard, you can choose to continue the course. When you want to stop, simply click Exit Course. This will cause you to exit the instructional unit and will return you to the course dashboard. From there, you can log out of your account, or review material you have previously completed.
If you choose to review, you will see an outline of the course material, including the sections you have already completed, what section is in progress, and any sections you have not yet started. When you are reviewing material you have already completed, you can return to the course dashboard by clicking Return to My Account. From there, you can log out of your account, continue the course, or review a different section.
How do I get my driver license?
Step 1: Begin a TEA-approved Texas driver ed course
Texas requires all new drivers under 18 to take driver education. In order to apply for their Texas learner license / instruction permit, all applicants under 18 must first complete at least 6 hours of a 32-hour TEA-approved Texas driver education course.
Take our online Texas driver education course to fulfill your DPS and TEA requirements the simple way. Our online course lets you study at your own pace from any Internet-connected device. After you complete the first 6 hours of course, you'll receive an official Certificate of Partial Course Completion, which will allow you to obtain your Texas learner license / instruction permit. (If you are under 15 years old, we will send your Certificate of Partial Course Completion once you've turned 15 and are old enough to begin in-car training.)
Once you have received your Texas learner license / instruction permit, you must complete a course of 7 hours of in-car driving instruction and 7 hours of in-car driving observation. You can do this with our top-of-the-line in-car instruction team, or transfer to another school. Once you complete this Texas driving requirement that is a part of drivers education, you will receive your official Certificate of Course Completion.
Step 2: Take the Texas DPS knowledge test
To earn the learner license and eventually the Texas driver license, everyone no matter how old must pass a knowledge test covering road signs and road rules. You can take the DPS knowledge test online with us for free! Save time by taking the test at home on your schedule instead of making another trip to the DPS. The process for the online test is convenient and simple: you'll have your learner license before you know it!
Plus, our Texas drivers education course includes 50 up-to-date online practice permit tests to help you prepare. Taking Texas DPS practice permit tests online is proven to increase your chances of passing your knowledge test.
Step 3: Apply for the Texas learner license / instruction permit
Apply for your learner license at a Driver License Office.
To be eligible for the Texas learner license, you must:
- Be at least 15 years old.
- Submit an Application for Texas Driver License, DL-14A.
- Pay the required fee for Learner License Issuance.
- Show proof of Liability Insurance (if you own the vehicle).
- Show proof of identity.
- Show proof of Social Security number.
- Submit a Verification of Enrollment and Attendance in School Form (TEA form GEA-043R93).
- Submit a Certificate of Driver Education, DE-964 Classroom (proof of completion of objectives for the first 6 hours of drivers education)
- Pass a vision test.
- Pass the knowledge test covering road signs and road rules. There are 40 multiple choice questions and you'll need a 70% minimum score to pass. With our Texas drivers education course, you can take the knowledge test online for free.
- Once you pass the knowledge test, you'll be issued a learner license.
All students must have a learner license before they can start the in-car phase of the driver education program.
If you're in our area, you can complete the in-car phase with the professional, patient, friendly instructors of DriversEd.com! We tailor our lessons to your learning style, and all our Texas driving lessons take place in a MINI Countryman with a top safety rating.
If you're outside our area or wish to take driving lessons with a different driving school, we'll transfer you conveniently to the commercial driving school of your choice.
Step 4: Practice driving under supervision
Once you have your learner license, you'll need to practice driving under supervision for at least 6 months. Remember, you can only drive when a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old is seated next to you.
You are also required to complete the following:
- 7 hours of behind-the-wheel driving training and 7 hours of in-car observation with a licensed driving instructor in a TEA-approved program
- 20 hours of supervised driving with 10 hours at night
Note: Effective September 1, 2013, the required number of hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving will increase from 20 to 30, including 10 hours at night.
Anyone taking this course must complete this requirement regardless of age.
Your learner license must remain valid during the entire 6 months before you can earn your Provisional License. If your learner license is suspended or revoked during this period, upon the completion of the suspension period, the remaining 6 month period must be completed before you can be issued a Provisional License.
Step 5: Take the driving test for your Texas driver license
Once the student has turned 16 and held a learner license for at least 6 months, the student must pass the driving skills test administered by the DPS prior to receiving a Class C Provisional drivers license.
Starting September 1, 2015, any student taking the 32-hour or parent-taught drivers ed course must complete the Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) course before taking the driving skills test. The Impact Texas Teen Drivers course is provided for free by the Texas DPS.
You will need to bring the required documents to the driver license office to take the driving skills test and apply for your license. These include your Certificate of Completion for your drivers education course and your ITTD certificate.
Provisional License Restrictions
A Provisional License holder:
- May not operate a motor vehicle with more than one passenger in the vehicle under 21 years old who is not a family member.
- May not operate a vehicle between midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the operator to attend or participate in employment or a school-related activity or because of a medical emergency.
- May not operate a vehicle while using a wireless communication device, such as a cell phone.
- Your license will state "TRC 545.424 applies until MM/DD/YY" and will indicate the date the provisional phase expires.
After the 12-month period, the Provisional License Restrictions will automatically end.
How does the online DPS knowledge test work?
With DriversEd.com's online drivers education course, you can take the DPS knowledge test online for free! Just add the test to your account.
Please note that if you add the knowledge test to your account but do not take or pass the test within 7 days of completing the first 6 hours of the course, we will issue your Certificate of Partial Course Completion without the test scores, and you will have to take the knowledge test at the DPS.
Who must take Texas driver education?
If you're over 14 years old and planning to obtain a Texas learner license, you'll need to complete a TEA-approved drivers education course.
DriversEd.com's online course fulfills the Texas DPS drivers education requirement.
Does the DriversEd.com course satisfy TEA and DPS requirements?
Yes. Our course is approved by the TEA (school #C2548), satisfies DPS requirements, and is equivalent to the regular 32-hour in-class drivers education course.
What is the difference between the classroom phase and the in-car phase of the driver education program?
Classroom Phase: a course that teaches you the rules of the road, vehicle safety, and everything that you need to know before you get behind the wheel for the first time. In Texas, every new driver under 18 years old must take a 32-hour drivers education course before applying for the learner license. DriversEd.com provides a TEA-approved Texas drivers education course.
In-Car Phase: the in-car driving lessons that you take with a licensed driving instructor. In Texas, if you are under 18, you must complete a 34-hour in-car phase of drivers education. This consists of 7 hours of behind-the-wheel training, 7 hours of in-car observation, and an additional 20 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving, including 10 hours of night driving. The additional 20 hours of behind-the-wheel driving must be monitored by a parent or guardian and do not need to be provided by a licensed drivers education school. However, the hours must be completed in the presence of an adult who holds a valid driver license, is 21 or older, has at least one year of driving experience, and occupies the seat next to the driver.
Can I take this course if I'm over 18 years old?
Yes. If you are over 18 years old, you have the option to take this 32-hour driver education course instead of the 6-hour Texas adult driver education course, but you must complete all 32 hours of the course. With the 32-hour course, you'll gain additional knowledge about driving and road safety.
How much does the course cost?
The cost for the Texas drivers ed online course is
How long will it take for me to finish the course?
That depends on your individual pace. By Texas law, the classroom phase of the drivers ed course takes at least 32 hours. With DriversEd.com, you can log in and out whenever you want and we'll keep track of where you left off last.
Is the participation of a parent or guardian required?
No, this Texas drivers ed course does not require the participation of a parent or guardian. You can study completely on your own.
How do I access the 50 free practice permit tests?
After you pay for the course, your free practice permit tests will be accessible in your account.
When will I receive my Certificate of Partial Course Completion or Certificate of Completion?
Once you've completed the first 6 hours of your online drivers ed course, we'll send you a Certificate of Partial Course Completion. If you are under 15 years old, we will send your Certificate of Partial Course Completion once you turn 15 and are old enough to begin in-car training. After you complete the required in-car phase, you'll receive a copy of your Certificate of Completion.
If you choose to take the DPS knowledge test online with us, we'll send your Certificate of Partial Course Completion after you've passed the test. If you add the knowledge test to your account but do not take the test or pass within 7 days of completing the first 6 hours of drivers ed course, we will issue your certificate without the test scores.
How can I change the mail delivery method of my Certificate of Partial Course Completion or Certificate of Completion?
All certificates are mailed via First Class Mail for free.
If you need your certificate faster, you can upgrade to FedEx shipping for an additional charge.
- USPS Priority Mail = $10
- FedEx 3 Day = $20
- FedEx Overnight = $30
Please note that FedEx does not deliver to P.O. Boxes.
You can change your delivery method online in your account or by calling us at 888-651-2886.
How do I get a duplicate copy of my Certificate of Partial Course Completion or Certificate of Completion?
To request a duplicate copy of your Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Partial Course Completion, please call us at 888-651-2886.
Will I need to take the in-car phase of driver education after I complete this course?
Yes. Texas law requires all teens under 18 to complete 7 hours of in-car drivers training and 7 hours of in-car observation with a licensed driving instructor in a TEA-approved program.
With our Texas 32-hour drivers education course, you can take in-car driving lessons with us concurrently once you finish the first six hours of the classroom phase of driver ed. With DriversEd.com's TEA-approved in-car phase of the driver education program, you'll learn to drive with patient, friendly, professional instructors behind the wheel of a MINI Countryman!
If you wish to complete the in-car phase with another school, or if you're outside DriversEd.com's driving school area, you'll be participating the block method of drivers education. That means you can start the in-car phase after you complete your classroom phase of Texas drivers ed. Once you complete our online drivers ed course, we'll transfer you to the driving school of your choice to start your behind-the-wheel training.
In-car driving lessons are not included in the price of our online Texas drivers education course.
Will I need to take a high school drivers ed class in addition to this course?
No. The DriversEd.com 32-hour Texas drivers education course gives you everything you need to complete the classroom phase of drivers education.
When you're ready for the in-car phase, you can take lessons with DriversEd.com! Students in our area can complete the in-car phase with our professional, patient, friendly instructors behind the wheel of a MINI Countryman with a top safety rating.
If you're outside our area or wish to take driving lessons with a different driving school, we'll transfer you to the commercial driving school of your choice.
You must pay additional fees for your driving lessons, whether you choose DriversEd.com or another driving school. This online course covers only the classroom phase of Texas drivers education.
What's included in the DriversEd.com course fee?
The course fee includes everything you need to complete your classroom phase of drivers education course online as well as your DPS-recognized Certificate of Completion, and the DPS knowledge test online. The course fee does not include in-car driving lessons.
For the in-car phase of drivers education, DriversEd.com also offers professional driving lessons with patient, friendly, certified driving instructors. If you choose us for your in-car phase, you'll learn to drive in a MINI Countryman with a top safety rating! When it's time for you to start the in-car phase, we'll provide more information about taking driving lessons with our driving school. Additional fees are required for your in-car driving lessons, whether you choose DriversEd.com or another driving school.
How do I pay for the course?
Once you create an account, you can pay online using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or PayPal. You can also pay by credit card over the phone by calling our customer service at 888-651-2886.
Please note that prepaid debit/gift cards issued by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, etc., cannot be used online. Please call us, and we'll be happy to process your payment.
If you would like to pay by check or money order, please mail your payment along with your username to:DriversEd.com
Attn: Billing Dept.
P.O. Box 238
Oakland, CA 94604-0238
Is it safe to use my credit card online?
DriversEd.com always uses the latest in security technology to protect your Internet transactions. And to ensure your privacy, your credit card number is never kept on file.
What is the refund policy for the Texas drivers education course?
While we're confident that you'll enjoy the DriversEd.com Texas program, if for some reason you would like a refund, you can request one. Please contact us toll free at 888-651-2886 to find out if you are eligible for a refund.
Refund eligibility: We will issue full refunds to students who have not completed the 32-hour Online Driver Education Course and have not been issued a Certificate of Completion. We will NOT issue a refund if the 32-hour Online Driver Education Course has been completed and a Certificate of Completion has been mailed to the student.