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How does online drivers ed work?

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!

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 course content, customer support is open 7 days a week.

At the end of the course there will be a final exam. According to Texas 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 drivers license?

Step 1: Begin a TEA / TDLR-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 / TDLR-approved Texas driver education course.

Take our online Texas driver education course to fulfill your TEA, TDLR, and DPS 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 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:

  1. Be at least 15 years old.
  2. Submit an Application for Texas Driver License, DL-14A.
  3. Pay the required fee for Learner License Issuance.
  4. Show proof of Liability Insurance (if you own the vehicle).
  5. Show proof of identity.
  6. Show proof of Social Security number.
  7. Submit a Verification of Enrollment and Attendance in School Form.
  8. Submit a Certificate of Driver Education, DE-964 Classroom (proof of completion of objectives for the first 6 hours of drivers education)
  9. Pass a vision test.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 / TDLR-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 drivers 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:

    1. May not operate a motor vehicle with more than one passenger in the vehicle under 21 years old who is not a family member.
    2. 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.
    3. May not operate a vehicle while using a wireless communication device, such as a cell phone.

    When you turn 18, your Provisional License will expire and you may apply for a standard driving license with full privileges.

    Do Drivers Ed Certificates Expire In Texas?

    There is not an expiration date on your DriversEd.com certificate, however, your written test score is only good for two years. This means you should head to the DPS with your certificate and test for your license within two years of your certificate’s issue date.
     Your certificate for the Impact Texas Young Drivers program (ITYD) expires after 90 days. If you’ve had that certificate for longer than 90 days, you need to sign back into the ITYD website and take their 1-hour course again to get a new certificate.

      Texas Teen Course Eligibility

      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 / TDLR-approved drivers education course.

      DriversEd.com's online course fulfills the Texas DPS drivers education requirement.

      Does the DriversEd.com course satisfy TEA, TDLR, and DPS requirements?

      Yes. Initially approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), our course is now licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), school #C3244. This course 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 / TDLR-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.

        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.

        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.

        Course Information

        How long will it take for me to finish the course?

        By Texas law, the PTDE course (concurrent method) takes a minimum of 28 days and 5 nights at a pace of no more than 2 hours per each lesson. Apart from that the pace is up to you.

        For the instructor-led course, it depends on your individual pace. By Texas law, the classroom phase of the drivers ed course must be 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.

        How do I access the unlimited 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 Completion?

        Once you've completed the first 6 hours of your online drivers ed, you'll be able to request a Certificate of Partial Completion, which you'll need to have to take your learner license test.

        Then once you've passed the final online exam and finished the last unit of the course, you'll be able to request a Certificate of Completion for your records. If you requested the Certificate of Partial Completion after April 25, 2013, both of these certificates will be downloadable. If you request the Certificate of Partial Completion before April 25, 2013, then you will receive physical copies in the mail.

        All physical certificates are mailed via First Class Mail by default.

        How can I change the delivery method of my physical Certificate of Completion?

        You can change your delivery method online in your account.

        Will I need to take drivers training after I take this course?

        No. If you are taking the DriversEd.com Texas course, then you are participating in PTDE and your parents can provide the necessary 7 hours of in-car observation and 27 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.

        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.

        Will I need to take a high school drivers ed class in addition this course?

        No. The DriversEd.com Texas course gives you everything you need to complete drivers education.

        Pricing and Payment

        You can pay online using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Google Pay. Please note that prepaid debit/gift cards issued by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Chime, CashApp, etc. cannot be used to make a payment.

        What is DriversEd.com Roadside Assistance?

        At DriversEd.com, we are here for you every step of the way - that's why we've teamed up with Allstate Roadside Services to provide DriversEd.com students with 1 month of free roadside assistance. Turns out you can put a price tag on peace of mind!

        Here's how it works:

        1. Sign up for any DriversEd.com Drivers Ed course.
        2. During checkout, make sure to click the button to claim your free trial of Roadside Assistance. Free trial enrollment is only available during checkout. After your trial ends, your card will be charged monthly, and you can cancel at any time.
        3. Hit the road with peace of mind knowing you are covered with emergency roadside assistance.

        What you'll get:

        • Roadside coverage available 24/7, anywhere in the United States
        • Anyone in the DriversEd.com driver's family can use it!
        • Digital tools to help you get the right service fast
        • Towing, fuel delivery, lockout service, and more!
        • For more information about the benefits involved, check out our terms and conditions.

        How do I use my Roadside Assistance service?

        If you need to use your Roadside Assistance Benefits for towing, fuel delivery, or another included service, contact Allstate at 1-855-520-3691.

        How do I cancel my DriversEd.com Roadside Assistance?

        If you would like to cancel your Roadside Assistance, simply contact our dedicated Roadside Assistance agents.

        Got more questions? Contact our dedicated DriversEd.com Roadside Assistance line:

        Phone: +1 (888) 289-2816
        Email: roadside@driversed.com

        Refund Policy

        It is important to us that you are satisfied with your purchase. If you change your mind about the course, we'll refund the full cost of the course purchased on our website within thirty (30) days of purchase. Refunds will only be issued if the course has not been completed. We will issue your refund within thirty (30) days of your request.