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PARENT TAUGHT DRIVER EDUCATION

Parents may choose to teach their teen drivers education using a parent taught course. This can be a complicated & confusing process, especially if you dont know the "driver's education" lingo. We are here to help you through this complicated process. 


(Please read tthe information below. Click on the action button to the left to begin the parent taught course. 

GLDA, and our online partner, Aceable, provides a TDLR approved course with everything needed to complete Texas parent taught drivers education (PTDE.)


Benefits for Parents:

  • opportunity to completely control teen's driver education
  • low-cost & convenient way for teens to take driver education
  • help teen build the necessary skills required in our hectic driving environment at your pace


 Eligibility Requirements for Parents :

  • Must be the parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent, or legal guardian of the teen appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction. (A power of attorney is not considered a legal guardian.)
  • Must have a valid driver license for the preceding three years.  If the valid driver license is not a Texas license, you may need to provide your driving record from last last three years.
  • Must never have been convicted of or received a probated sentence for a criminally negligent homicide, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI),
  • Must not have had their driving privileges suspended, revoked or forfeited for traffic related violations in the past three years.
  • Must not have six or more points assigned to your driver license
  • Must not be disabled due to mental illness
  • The instructor (parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent, or legal guardian of the teen appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction) is responsible for verifying eligibility, both criminal AND driver records prior to requesting the packet. The Texas DPS will verify the instructor’s criminal & driver record at the time of processing the student’s learner license & again at the time of processing the student's provisional driver license. 
  • If at that time, the DPS determines that the instructor does not meet the requirements, DPS will deny the learner license or provisional driver license along with any prior classroom instruction or behind the wheel/in the car instruction provided by the ineligible instructor.


Program Eligibilty Requirements for Students:

  • must be 14 years of age prior to beginning the classroom portion; however they may not test for a learner license until their 15th birthday.
  • No instruction is permitted prior to receipt of the Parent Taught Driver Education Packet. Any instruction prior to that time will not be accepted toward the required instruction time.    
  • To order the PTDE packet click here:  Parent Taught Driver Education Packet.  Once ordered, you may continue with registering for the course 

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Other Important (PTDE) Requirements / Information:

  •  A minimum of 76 hours of actual instruction time is required
  • 32 hours of instruction, must not be completed in fewer than 16 calendar days.
  • The behind-the-wheel, 44 hours or instruction, must not be completed in fewer than 44 calendar days.
  • A student SHALL NOT be instructed more than two hours in one (1) day: These two hours can consist of:
    • Two hours of classroom instruction; or
    • One hour of classroom instruction and one hour of behind-the-wheel instruction.
    • No more than one hour of driving instruction credit per day
  • TTDE course may or may not qualify for a discount for automobile insurance purposes. Consult with your insurance provider for details.
  •  A learner's permit (learner license), BY LAW, must be obtained before driving instruction begins.
  • The DPS ROAD Test may be completed at any GLDA testing location. Click below to secure a test slot with GLDA.