Parent Taught Drivers Ed Instructor Eligibility Quiz

Are you considering taking the wheel and guiding your teenager through the exciting journey of learning to drive? The Texas Parent Taught Drivers Ed (PTDE) program offers a unique opportunity for parents to be directly involved in their child’s driver education. However, before you embark on this road trip, it’s crucial to ensure you meet the state’s eligibility requirements for parent instructors.

This quiz will help you determine if you qualify to be a parent instructor in the PTDE program. Remember, honesty is key, as providing inaccurate information can lead to complications down the road.


  • Read each question carefully.
  • Select the answer that best reflects your situation.
  • Upon completion, click the “Verify Eligibility” button to see your results.

Note: This quiz is intended for informational purposes only and does not guarantee eligibility. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has the final say in determining instructor eligibility.

1. What is your relationship to the student?

2. Have you had a valid driver’s license for the last 3 years?

Note* If the license is from out of state, a driving record of the past three years is required.

3. Have You been Convicted of Criminally negligent Homicide?

4. In the last 7 years, have you been convicted of a DWI?

5. A suspended, revoked, or forfeited driver’s license due to traffic violations in the last three years.

6. Do you have six or more points on your license.

What if I Don’t Pass the Quiz?

If you do not pass the quiz, you will not be eligible to be a Parent Taught Drivers Ed instructor. There will be a reason given. Keep in mind this quiz is based entirely on the answers provided on this page; it does not check your actual driving record. If you are ineligible to instruct your child but still want your child to complete Parent Taught Drivers Ed, you can designate a qualified individual to instruct your child. Keep in mind that there are additional requirements for Designated Individuals compared to Parent Instructors.

If you are not eligible and do not have someone to designate, you can explore alternative options, such as enrolling your child in an instructor-taught course at a driving school.

I’m Eligible! Now What?

If you are eligible, you can proceed with purchasing the PTDE Program Guide Packet from the TDLR and enrolling your child in a state-approved PTDE course (like ours!). Remember, the DPS ultimately determines instructor eligibility. If you have any doubts or questions, it’s always best to contact your local DPS office for clarification.

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