Impact Texas for Teen Drivers
Texas' Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently implemented a new program called Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) that all aspiring drivers must complete before they are allowed to take the skills portion of their driving exam required to become a licensed driver.
What is Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD)?
ITTD is programed designed to reduce crashes through teaching teen drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, especially texting while driving. The ITTD course is currently free and administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety for Texas teens seeking their provisional license.
The Impact Texas Teen Drivers Course consists of eight modules, and each student must complete a module in its entirety before moving onto the next section. The ITTD course will take a minimum of two hours to complete.
When do you need to take the Impact Texas Teen Drivers' Course
Texas teenagers 16 or 17 years old must complete the ITTD program. Without a certificate of completion for the Impact Texas Teen Drivers program, students will not be allowed to take the driving exam.
This ITTD course should be taken after a student has completed a required Teen Driver Education Course, which requires 32 hours of knowledge training and 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
After the Texas teen as completed those, he or she must complete the Impact Texas Teen Drivers program. After the student finished the ITTD course, he or she must take the driving exam within 90 days at a Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) location. If the student fails to take the exam within the 90 days, he or she must retake the ITTD program
Do I need to the Impact Texas Teen Drivers course if I'm 18 years old or older?
Currently, 18-24 year old students who have completed an Adult Driver Education Course and been issued an ADE-1317 do not need to complete the ITTD program.
How do I get my ITTD Certificate?
After a student has completed all eight modules, he or she will be emailed a certificate of complete for the Impact Texas Teen Driver course. The student must then print this certificate and bring a copy of it with him or her to the driving test at a TPST location.
Is the ITTD the new driving education requirement?
No. The ITTD does not replace the required 32 hours of Teen Driver Education nor the 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training. The Impact Texas Teen Drivers program is a separate and new entity students must now complete before taking a driving exam.
What are the steps to getting a TX driver's license?
- Obtain your Texas Learner's Permit. Steps to do that are listed here.
- Complete your 32-hour Teen Driver Education course
- Complete your 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training
- Complete the Impact Texas Teen Drivers course
- Within 90 days of completing the ITTD program, take and pass a driving skills test
- Apply for your Texas Provisional Licenses. For more detailed steps, visit here.
To register for Impact Texas Teen Drivers course or for more information regarding the ITTD program, visit its website here.