P.T.D.E — Top Questions

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Texas Parent-Taught Driver Education (PTDE) allows parents to instruct their teenagers through the online section and behind-the-wheel instruction of the state-mandated driver's ed requirements a teen must complete to obtain a Texas learner's license.

However, the PTDE program must be completed with a TDLR approved parent-taught driver education course (which ours is), along with the Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide.

How does parent taught driving work?

A Texas Parent-taught driving education course follows a TDLR-approve drivers ed course along with a Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide. These two sources will work together, providing detailed direction and support, so that a parent can help prepare and teach his or her teen about safe, defensive driving practices in order to obtain a Texas learner's license.

This course is 32 hours long and may be taken at the student's pace in the comfort of his or her own home. Our Texas Parent-Taught Driver Education course is 100% online and fulfills the driver education requirement for both your Texas permit and driver's license.

How long does PTDE take?

The PTDE course will take 32 hours to complete for the online classroom instruction portion. Since Parent Taught Driver Education includes the behind-the-wheel course you must complete the 44 hour driving requirement which is broken down into 7 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, 7 hours of in-car observation and 30 hours of unlogged behind-the-wheel-practice, including 10 hours at night. Students may take their permit exam after successfully completing the first 6-hour module.

I just got my Texas drivers handbook and parent taught driver education guide. What should I do next?

After you have obtained a copy of your Texas Driver's Handbook and your Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide, it's time to start your parent-taught driver education course and start working towards getting your Texas driver's license.

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