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Who can take Texas Parent Taught Drivers Ed

This article will review who is eligible to take Texas Parent Taught Drivers Ed.

Quick Summary

Most students and parents are eligible if the parent has not had a DWI.

Student Requirements

  • Students must be at least 14 years old. However, they must be 15 before they can earn their Learner License Certificate in the course.
  • Students must be enrolled in school (Homeschooling is valid).
  • A student must have a valid instructor for the Behind-The-Wheel part of the course.

Instructor Requirements

  • Your parent instructor can be your parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent, legal guardian, or an Individual designated by a parent, legal guardian, or judge.
    • If your instructor is a designated individual, they must also have the following qualifications:
      • be at least 25 years old;
      • may not charge a fee for conducting the course; and
      • have at least seven years of driving experience.
  • The instructor must have a valid driver license for the prior three years. If they held an out-of-state license during the past three years, they will be required to provide a copy of their driving record showing their three years of licensed driving history.
  • Instructors cannot have:
    • a conviction (including a probated sentence) of criminally negligent homicide
    • a conviction (including a probated sentence) of driving while intoxicated in the last seven years
    • had their driver license suspended, revoked, or forfeited for traffic-related violations in the past three years; or six or more points assigned to their driver license.

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