The FAQs for the teen driver education program at Green Light Driving Academy follow the guidelines & requirements for Teen Driver Education from the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and only pertain to the way that Green Light Driving Academy has adopted these requirements.
For more information about the official state guidelines – refer to these sites:
HOW DOES A TEEN OBTAIN A TEXAS DRIVER LICENSE?
A teen (ages 16-18) must take an approved teen driver education program. This program is comprised of two phases:
Green Light Driving Academy offers a program to meet the needs of every teen driver and is approved by the state of Texas.
Traditional Classroom / Instructor-Led Driving / Parent-Taught driving
This program offers a traditional classroom environment for the classroom instruction and instructional driving with our certified and licensed instructors. The parent must also drive and document a minimum of 30 hours of driving with the student.
NOTE: In most cases, our classroom schedule will be a 4 week schedule with classes held Monday-Thursday. There may be other times during the year when a 3-week schedule will be used (which would be Monday-Friday with one Saturday class), for example around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
We also have class schedules that work around the traditional breaks at Christmas and Spring Break and will meet on weekends and during those days of the holiday breaks.
Online Classroom / Instructor-Led Driving / Parent-Taught driving
This program offers more flexibilty for the busy student and parent than the traditional classroom environment. The student completes the classroom instruction via an online program and then the instructional driving with our certified and licensed instructors. The parent must also drive and document a minimum of 30 hours of driving with the student.
With this program, the student completes the instruction using an online program and does this at their own pace and cannot complete more than 2 hours of instruction per day, BUT, can take the instruction at their convenience.
Traditional Classroom Only OR Driving Only Instruction
We can offer only do the Classroom Instruction Phase OR the Driving Instruction Phase and the parent completes the other phase via the parent-taught program.
If this option is chosen, before the parent handles their part of the instruction, they must purchase the "Parent-Taught Driver Education Packet" from the state of Texas via the Texas Dept of Licensing & Regulation and then purchase the appropriate curriculum (classroom or driving) from an approved course provider.
The classroom or driving instruction is handled as described above.
Classroom and Driving Instruction handled COMPLETELY by Parent
The state of Texas allows a parent to teach their student using an approved driver education program. There are certain qualifications for doing this and more information can be found on our website (see below).
If this option is chosen, before the parent starts this process, they must purchase the "Parent-Taught Driver Education Packet" from the state of Texas via the Texas Dept of Licensing & Regulation and then purchase the appropriate curriculum (classroom and/or driving) from an approved course provider.
A 3% convenience fee applies to ALL (online & in person) credit & debit card transactions.
Our complete fee list is provided here: Fees List
For questions regarding fees, please contact a GLDA office.
Grapevine & EMS- ISD: 817-310-0193
Roanoke & Boyd: 817-491-1700
1. Cash - (Cash payment not available with online registration)
2. Check - (Payment by check not available with online registration online registration)
3. Credit Card or Debit Card - A 3% convenience fee applies to ALL (online & in person) credit & debit card transactions.
4. Payment plans available
Please refer to our payment plan options here: PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS
(Convenience fees (i.e. credit card fees) are not refundable. NO EXCEPTIONS)
GLDA DOES NOT accept money orders, traveler's checks, or third party checks as a form of payment.
As part of our teen driving curriculum, GLDA offers the State approved “Drug and Alcohol Driving Awareness Program” or DADAP.
Days 10, 11 and 12 of the class curriculum are the days of class where we cover this topic.
We feel that this course is be beneficial to all students in raising their awareness of drug and alcohol related driving issues and provide the knowledge that will help them be better drivers.
A certificate will be issued to the student when they have completed the full driver education course at Green Light Driving Academy (classroom and driving instruction). This certificate could allow an additional 5% discount for students on their auto insurance. Check with your auto insurance provider for availability of the discount.
More information about DADAP will be provided during our parent orientation class. Check with your auto insurance provider for availability of the discount.
NOTE: We offer the DADAP course to our online classroom students also at no extra charge. Please contact the office for scheduling these classes.
Texas state law requires that Parents drive and record driving instruction with their teens. Parents must drive and log a minimum of 30 hours of driving with their students. 10 of those hours must be driven at night.
More information about the Parent Logged Driving instruction along with a guide for this instruction can be found here:
Registration can be done on-line through this website or completed by going into one of the office locations and registering in person.
You must register in person if you wish to pay the tuition in cash, with a check, make a partial payment, set up a payment plan or use any of our discounts or gift certificates not offered through the website.
At our satellite location in Boyd, we also offer several on-campus registration dates during the school year. Refer to our Announcement page regarding these dates.
The state of Texas requires that a student attend all 32 hours of classroom instruction.
A student may miss up to 5 of the scheduled classes in their session and complete the course with the scheduled session. The classes missed must be made up, however, within one year of starting the course. If a student misses 6 or more classes, they will be removed from that class and will need to be placed in another class (as space is available) where they can complete their class work. There is a transfer fee of $50.00 required to transfer to this new classroom session.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY AT GLDA?
The in-car instruction can be started after the 2nd week of class (after Day 8) and if we have a copy of their permit in our office. Driving instruction must be completed ONE YEAR from the day that the student started their classroom session (traditional class), ONE YEAR from the day that the log-in information is provided (online classroom).
TRADITIONAL CLASS ONLY: If a student has missed 5 or less classes, they can begin their in-car instruction once their account has been created on our scheduling system (Schedule 2 Drive). Students that have missed 6 or more classes must complete their classes before starting the in-car instruction (refer to our Make-up Policy above).
A contract extension my be purchased before the contract expires.
Cost of extension:
30 days (1 month): $100
90 days (3 months): $150
180 days (6 months): $200
THE EXTENSION MUST BE PURCHASED BEFORE THE CONTRACT EXPIRES OR CONTRACT IS SUBJECT TO TERMINATION.
Yes. Texas state law requires persons less than 18 years of age to successfully complete an approved driver education course before they are eligible to receive a driver’s license.
NOTE: If a student is already 18, they do not have to take the complete course as described above.
If a student starts the driver education course before they are 18 years of age, they MUST complete the course in order to get their drivers license OR they must start over with the over 18 course which is a 6-hour on-line course that prepares them for taking the permit test and this is offered by Green Light Driving Academy on-line through I AM ROAD READY.
The state of Texas allows a student to begin driver education class at age 14, however, we STRONGLY recommend that the student turn 15 within 3 months (90 days) of starting the class.
Our contract is set up for one year and begins on the day they start their classroom instruction. It will expire one year later. This is the maximum time the state allows for a driver education contract. If your student cannot complete all of the classroom and driving instruction before the deadline, the contract will be terminated unless an extension is paid for.
A student is not allowed to apply for a learner’s permit until they are at least 15 years of age and they have completed at least Six (6) instruction hours of a driver education classroom program administered by the school and passed the state-approved permit tests.
Green Light Driving Academy has structured its curriculum so that the permit tests are given on the third day of classroom instruction. The student will be given a certificate indicating that they have completed the first 6 hours of class and has passed the permit test. If the student is 15 years of age,this certificate can be taken to the DPS along with other documentation to get the student’s permit.
If the student has not reached age 15, they will still take the permit tests with their class, but must wait until they are 15 years old to go to the DPS to get the permit.
The state requires that the following items be provided along with verification of passing the learner’s permit test.
We do not gather or take documents to the DPS to get the permit for the student.
GLDA will provide a certificate (form DE-964) to the student after they have completed the first 6 hours of class and have passed the written tests. This certificate along with the following items can be taken to the DPS to get the permit at your earliest convenience. NOTE: A parent must take the student to the DPS to have this taken care of.
** If not available, substitutions can be provided. For more information about substitutions, please refer to the Texas Department of Public Safety website for allowable documentation:
PLEASE NOTE: If your student is not a U.S. citizen, additional documentation may be required to obtain the learner’s permit (see the link above)
Traditional Classroom Program:
Online Classroom Program:
Driving Only Program:
NOTE: A student can begin driving with a Licensed Operator in the Front Seat of the Vehicle that is 21 years or older (LOFS) as soon as they get their permit.
A teen must be at least 15 years of age to receive an INSTRUCTION PERMIT also called a LEARNER’S PERMIT or DRIVING PERMIT.
After completing an approved driver education course, a teen must be at least 16 years of age before receiving a provisional driver’s license and they must have held their permit for at least 180 days.
Texas does allow the issuance of a hardship license. Application for a hardship license is handled through the Texas Department of Public Safety AFTER the student has completed the driver education course.
The state of Texas instituted a graduated driver's license program in January 2002. It creates two phases of driving requirements for minors under age 18.
Phase 1 requires that a minor under age 18 must hold their learner's permit for six months before applying for provisional license. During the time the minor has the learner's permit; they can only drive with an insured, licensed driver over the age of 21 in the front seat of the car.
After the six months have passed and the minor has reached age 16, and they have completed a state approved driver education course, they can get a provisional license (valid until age 18) with restrictions. This is Phase II.
These restrictions are:
The above restrictions do not apply if the provisional license holder is accompanied by a license operator age 21 or older.
After Phase II has been completed, the driver is issued a full license with none of the above restrictions.
Yes, however a teen must still complete an approved driver education course. After completion, the teen and parent may apply for a hardship license at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
No, Green Light Driving Academy cannot do this for you. You must go to the Texas DPS to obtain another copy of your permit. Your information is in their computer system, so all you need to do it provide identification (Social Security Card and Birth Certificate are best) and they will issue a duplicate copy. The cost is $11.00.
You must have a VALID permit with you to take a drive lesson. Any student that does not have a VALID permit in readable condition when they come for a scheduled drive time, will not be allowed to drive or observe and will be charged a $50.00 fee, just as if they did not show up or if they cancelled less than 24 hours. This is not a Green Light Driving Academy rule, but a rule from the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation and the State of Texas.
Please contact Green Light Driving Academy for a duplicate original copy. The cost for preparing this duplicate copy is $25.00. We do not charge to make a photocopy if needed for insurance purposes, but to use the DE-964 to get the license, it must be an original.
Yes, most insurance companies do provide a discount on automobile insurance for successfully completing an approved driver education course; however it is best to consult with your agent to confirm this.
Yes, please contact the school office for information about this service.
Roanoke, Boyd: 817-491-1700
***Green Light Driving Academy is an authorized 3rd Party Testing Site. Green Light Driving Acdemy does not represent the TX Dept. of Public Safety or claim to be a state agency or entity. The TX Dept. of Public Safety or any government agency or entity does not endorse Green Light Driving Academy or ANY 3rd Party Testing Site. Green Light Driving Academy cannot issue a Texas driver license or influence the issuance of a driver license. Green Light Driving Academy or ANY 3rd Party Testing Site does not receive any preferential treatment from the TX Department of Public Safety.***
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