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Texas Online Drivers Ed Courses

SafeMotorist courses make it simple for teens and adults to learn the basics of safe driving and satisfy TDLR requirements for their learner's permit or first license. Train at your own pace and take your permit test online.

Texas Parent-Taught Drivers Ed

Complete TDLR-approved training online with the help of a parent or guardian. This required course for teens ages 14 to 17 covers all required topics and includes your learner's permit exam. You'll learn about rules of the road, accident prevention, risk assessment and more. This course takes at least 32 hours to complete.

Texas Self-Taught Drivers Ed

Finish drivers education at your own pace and take your TDLR-approved learner's permit exam 100% online. This self-guided online course for teens ages 14 to 17 teaches safe driving information, including traffic laws, driver responsibilities, accident prevention and more. The course takes at least 32 hours to complete.

Texas Adult Drivers Ed

Our TDLR-approved Adult Drivers Ed course is designed for Texans ages 18 and up who are seeking their first license. The state requires this course for first-time drivers ages 18 to 25. You'll learn about traffic laws, right of way, the risks of driving under the influence, risk management and more. This course takes at least six hours to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Parent-Taught Drivers Ed?

Our state-approved Parent-Taught Drivers Ed program is designed for teens ages 14 to 17 seeking their learner's permit. With this option, your driver education will be led by a parent or step-parent, legal guardian, foster parent, grandparent or step-grandparent. Your parent or another approved instructor will lead your training and teach you how to drive.

Who can teach Parent-Taught Drivers Ed?

You will need to submit an application to the TDLR and order a Parent-Taught Driver Education Program Guide to participate in the course. The TDLR must approve the instructor.

In addition to your mom or dad, eligible instructors can be a:

  • Step-parent
  • Grandparent
  • Step-grandparent
  • Legal guardian
  • Foster parent

Your parent, guardian or a court judge can also designate another person to lead the course that:

  • Is at least 25 years old
  • Doesn't charge a fee for instructing you
  • Has seven or more years of driving experience

Visit the TDLR website to learn more about how to request approval for your instructor.

What is Self-Taught Drivers Ed?

The Self-Taught Drivers Ed program is a self-guided program for teens ages 14 to 17 who are seeking their learner's permit. Unlike Parent-Taught Drivers Ed, you will be responsible for your drivers ed training and won't need to get your parent approved with the TDLR to instruct the course.

If you are 15 to 17 years old, you can take your learner's permit exam as soon as you complete the first module of the Self-Taught Drivers Ed course. This will require at least six hours of online learning. The cost of the exam is included with the course.

What is Adult Drivers Ed?

Our TDLR-approved Adult Drivers Ed course is designed for new drivers ages 18 and up. Texas law requires this training for adults ages of 18 to 25 seeking their first driver's license. The course takes six hours to complete and includes a final exam that your Texas DPS office may accept as a replacement for your written license exam. Contact your local DPS office for additional information.

After you complete the course and earn your certificate of completion, you can make an appointment at the DMV for your driving test. You also need to take the free IMPACT Texas Drivers course and pass a behind-the-wheel driving test to earn your Texas driver's license.

Do all adults need to take the Adult Drivers Ed course?

According to Texas law, people ages 18 to 25 are required to complete an Adult Drivers Ed course prior to taking the road test for their first driver's license. Those older than 25 do not need to take the course to earn their license, but it is strongly encouraged.

About Us

SafeMotorist.com is a trusted national provider of online driver safety training. Our convenient online courses help new and experienced drivers meet training requirements for defensive driving, driver education, point reduction and auto insurance discounts.

SafeMotorist's courses are backed by American Safety Council, a national leader in online training solutions for driver safety, continuing education and more.