What is the PTDE Instructor Designation Form?

You'll need to print out the Parent Taught Driver Education Instructor Designation Form, complete it, and bring with you to the DPS when getting your permit if you use a designated individual as your instructor instead of a parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent, or legal guardian. This individual needs to meet these requirements:

  • Must be at least 25 years old
  • Cannot charge a fee for being your instructor
  • Have at least 7 years of driving experience
  • Have a valid driver license for the past three years*
  • Does not have a conviction or probated sentence for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the past 7 years
  • Does not have a conviction or probated sentence of criminally negligent homicide
  • Has not had their driving privileges suspended, revoked, or forfeited for traffic-related violations in the past three years
  • Does not have six or more points assigned to their driver license

*If the designated individual has had a Texas license for less than the preceding three years, they are responsible for ordering a certified driver record from the state or country where they last had a license. The driver record should go back at least three years and the DPS will need to see the record when the student gets their permit. We recommend doing a quick Google search to find out from which government entity you order your driver record. Example: “Name of previous state or country where you last had a license + driver record.”

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