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Texas Driving Permit

Like all things in Texas, we like to do things a little differently and, some would argue, better than the rest of the country! That includes the driver education process. In Texas, kids have two options when it comes to getting a Texas driver permit and driver license: 1) Attend a high school or commercial driver education school or 2) Enroll in a Parent-Taught-Driver-Education (or PTDE) course online. However, as of 2012 there is a THIRD option for kids to get a Texas driver permit: online Texas drivers ed. Previously, the only online Texas drivers ed available was the PTDE course, but that requires students to take the in-car driving portion of the course at the same time as the online classroom. The brand new online Texas drivers ed course allows teens to complete the classroom portion of the course online and obtain a Texas driver permit without having to take the in-car portion. Of course, in order to get a license everybody has to take in-car driver training but now this can be done separately from the online Texas drivers ed classroom course.

Earning Your Texas Driving Permit and License

In order to obtain a Texas driving permit and a Texas driver license, applicants must be at least 15 years of age and must have completed a Texas DPS approved Texas drivers education course. Getting your permit in Texas is easy, just follow these step-by-step instructions to get a Texas driving permit and license…

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If you are getting your permit and license in Texas, you must:
  • Bring documents to verify residence and identity to the DPS. All information presented must be consistent or additional documents may be required to verify conflicting data such as incomplete names or date of birth.
  • Present your social security card or complete a Social Security Affidavit.
  • Furnish proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance on all vehicles you own — or intend to drive, in the case of minors.
  • Furnish a completed Texas D.L. or ID card application form DL-14A. You can save time by completing this form BEFORE you go to the DPS — just don’t sign the Texas driving permit application until instructed to do so by the DPS officer! Form DL-14A may be downloaded by clicking here.
  • Have your photograph taken, get finger-printed and sign the DL-14A application at the direction of the attending DPS official.
  • Pass the TX DPS Texas driving permit written exam (you will have 3 tries), the vision test and, of course, the driving test. If you do not pass the driving test, the instructor will give you instructions for scheduling another driving test.
  • Cash, money order, or a non-temporary check are the only accepted forms of payment for the Texas driver license fee.
  • Make sure your parent or legal guardian drives whatever car you plan to use for your driving test to the DPS. The DPS will NOT provide a testing vehicle. Whatever vehicle is used must be accompanied by proof of current liability insurance, Texas vehicle registration, and vehicle inspection sticker.

Step 1) A parent or legal guardian must complete and mail form DL-92, also known as the Texas DPS “Parent Taught Drivers Education Packet,” to the Department of Public Safety along with a non-refundable check or money order for $20.00. This is the first step in getting your permit in Texas. The address where you must send the application and fee is included on the form. It will take anywhere from two to three weeks for the DPS to mail the Texas driving permit parent taught packet to the instructor’s address.

Step 2) Once you get the Texas driving permit packet from the Texas DPS, you are permitted to begin the PTDE Texas Drivers Ed class to get a Texas driving permit. Although some high schools do offer driver education, we recommend DriversEd.com, which is an online Texas driving permit course that is one of the most popular and trustworthy companies when it comes to getting your permit in Texas. Not only that, it is the least expensive Texas driving permit course in Texas!

Step 3) Once you have registered for an online Texas driving permit course, you are required to complete the first 6 hours of classroom instruction to qualify for your Texas driving permit — also known as a Texas learner’s permit. Information about getting your permit in Texas is typically covered in the first module of the Texas driving permit course.

Step 4)Once the first Texas driving permit module has been completed, the student and his or her instructor must bring the following forms to the TX DPS: DL-90A, DL-91A and DL-91B (these forms will be included in the parent taught Texas drivers education packet the DPS will send you in step 2). After surrendering these forms at the DPS, you must pass the DPS Texas driving permit exam when getting your permit in Texas.

Step 5) Once you have a Texas driving permit, you and your instructor must complete the remaining twenty-six hours of classroom instruction concurrently with seven hours of in-car instruction and seven hours of in-car observation. Additionally, 20 hours of driving practice must also be completed before you can apply for a driver’s license.

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If you plan on getting your permit in Texas we recommend taking an online Texas driving permit course, which costs much less than a traditional classroom driver education class and gives teenagers the flexibility of completing the Texas driving permit course at their own pace. Teens and their parent or legal guardian are guided through everything they will need to know using innovative web-based technology and interactive media — from identifying traffic signs to parallel parking to driving on the interstate, the Texas driving permit course covers everything from A to Z!

For a limited time, you can get 10% off Online Drivers Ed when you sign-up with our partner DriverEdToGo.com. The course is approved by the DPS and will qualify teens for a Texas license.

How Getting Your Permit in Texas Works

The online CLASSROOM course consists of thirty-two hours of web-based instruction, which is divided into ten modules designed by Texas driving permit instructors and web professionals to educate and engage teenagers through interactive multimedia content that’s easy-to-follow and fun to use!  The student may then apply for his or her instruction permit which will allow his or her to enroll in a local driving school, apply for a Texas drivers license and get on the road!

The PTDE course is only different in one regard: the parent or legal guardian is acting as the Texas driver education INSTRUCTOR for the course.  The parent or legal guardian can download and print evaluation forms from the online course that will cover each individual driving objective that he or she must cover with their student. These print-outs will tell the instructor precisely what needs to be taught and for how long, so there’s no guesswork involved! Getting your permit in Texas, and ultimately your driver’s license, has never been easier! The Texas driving permit course gives instructors every possible tool they need to properly instruct their student how to drive.

Classroom Drivers Ed versus Online Drivers Ed.

Physical classrooms require teenagers to follow to a set schedule. Given how busy both parents and teens are these days with work and extracurricular activities, respectively, internet Texas driving permit courses, such as those offered by DriverEdToGo.com, give parents and teens the freedom to set a schedule that works for them. A physical driving school simply cannot offer that level of convenience, and unfortunately it typically costs as much as 2 to 3 times as much as its online equivalent for getting your permit in Texas and ultimately your driver’s license.

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 29473 Austin, TX. 78755

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