Who can take this course?

In order to complete this course, you and your parent instructor will need to meet a few eligibility requirements.

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a Texas teen between 14 and 17 years old. Note that even though you can start the course at 14, you'll need to wait until you're 15 to take your permit test.
  • You must have an eligible parent instructor to teach you the behind the wheel portion.

Parent Instructor Eligibility Requirements

  • The instructor must be the student’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian appointed by a court. A power of attorney is not considered a legal guardian. Additionally, a parent, legal guardian, or a judge of a court with jurisdiction over the student can designate a person to instruct the course who:
    • is at least 25 years old;
    • does not charge a fee for conducting the course; and
    • has at least seven years of driving experience.
  • The instructor must have a valid driver license for the prior three years. If you held an out-of-state license during the past three years, you will be required to provide a copy of your driving record showing your 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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