A driver’s ed student’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian may teach the parent-taught course if eligible. An adult with power of attorney is not sufficient. No other relative that those listed is permitted as an instructor.
In order to be an eligible instructor, the adult must have:
- Not had his/her driver’s license suspended or revoked in the past three years
- Less than six (6) points on his/her driving record
- Held a valid driver’s license for the past three years (individuals who lived outside Texas during any part of the last three years must bring the certified abstract driving record from their former state when the student applies for a license)
- No Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated convictions or have received a probated sentence for DWI, DUI or Criminally Negligent Homicide
- Not be disabled due to mental illness
Before signing up, instructors who are not sure if they meet the requirements should check their criminal record and driving record. If the TDLR determines the instructor is ineligible, none of the instruction will count and the student will not be issued a license.
This course is approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and fulfills requirements for for driver education in Texas. The parent-taught option is an alternative to classroom instruction and can be completed at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.