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Texas DPS Learners Permit

Getting your driver's license is exciting! It offers a great sense of freedom and independence to all drivers. But it also requires a high level of responsibility. Driving in the state of Texas is a privilege that must be earned by following steps to getting your Texas learner's permit, and ultimately your driver's license.

How To Get a Texas Learner's Permit

In Texas, if you're 18 years of age or younger, your first step toward getting your driver's license is with a learner's permit. To get your learner's permit, first you'll need to take a Texas Drivers Education course that is approved by the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Taking your Texas Driver's Ed course online is the fastest, easiest, most convenient way to meet the DPS requirements. I Drive Safely offers Parent-Taught DPS-Approved Driver's Education Courses that fulfill your requirements, and are more engaging and entertaining than traditional classroom courses.

Texas DPS Learner's Permit Age Requirements

In Texas, drivers as young as 14 can start their driver's education process. Requirements for instruction and practice vary between ages 14 and 18, and then from 18 to 25. Here's a basic rundown of the steps you'll need to take:

  • Age 14:
    • Complete Driver's Education
    • Apply for Your Learner's Permit
    • Get Behind-the-Wheel Training
    • Practice Driving and Hold Your Permit for 6 Months
    • Apply for Your Driver's License When You Turn 16, and Take Your Driving Test
  • Age 16-17:
    • Take Driver's Education
    • Apply for Your Learner's Permit
    • Get Behind-the-Wheel Training
    • Practice Driving and Have Your Permit for 6 Months
    • Apply for Your Driver's License & Take Your Driving Test
  • Age 18-25:
    • Pass a State-Approved Driver's Education Course
    • Apply for Your Driver's License & Take Your Driving Test

Parent-Taught Driver's Education

If you're 18 years of age or younger, you're eligible to take an online parent-taught Driver's Ed course. While you're not required to spend time in a classroom, there are still DPS requirements you and your parent-teacher will need to fulfill in order to qualify for this type of driver's education.

If your parent (or step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent, or legal guardian) is interested in supervising your online driver's education course, they'll need to have the following:

  • A valid driver's license for the preceding 3 years
  • No DUI, DWI or criminally negligent homicide convictions
  • No suspended or revoked driving privileges in the past 3 years
  • No disability due to due to mental illness

Note: Once your parent applies to be an instructor, you'll need to wait to start the course until they've been approved and received the Parent-Taught Packet.

Instructor-Led Drivers Education

If you’re looking for the best in online guided driver instruction, our Instructor-Led Drivers Education program can’t be beat. Working at your own pace, you’ll complete each chapter on your own – but you won’t be alone! You’ll be coached by our experienced, certified online driving instructors, who will give you the feedback you need to be successful. Driving laws – especially distracting driving laws – are updated constantly, but you won’t have to worry about studying out-of-date material. I Drive Safely’s self-paced Drivers Ed offers 2014 Certification from the Texas TEA.

What You Can Expect

Our 100% online driver education courses are designed to be easy and informative. You'll get the same education as you would in a classroom, in a format that's flexible and works with your schedule.

The driver's education course is 32 hours long, which is mandated by the state of Texas. Designed for success, you'll love the look, feel, and function of our easy-to-use online driver's education. You get so much more with I Drive Safely:

  • Animation and 3D Graphics: You don't have to suffer through boring black and white texts to complete your driver's education. Our course is informative and entertaining so you'll remember what you learn.
  • Flexibility to Log In Anytime, Anywhere: You can use your home computer or tablet to sign in, and you have the freedom to study at your own pace. There's no set schedule.
  • 24/7 Customer Support: You'll never feel alone with an I Drive Safely online course. You have access to our friendly, helpful Customer Support team any day of the week, any hour of the day, and a real person will answer your questions!
  • Money-Back Guarantee: We want our students to feel great when they're taking driver's education. If you're not happy, let us know within 30 days and before you take the final exam, and we'll submit your refund right away (minus an $8.00 processing fee).

How to Sign Up

Are you ready to start on your path to freedom on the roads? It's easy to sign up for your Texas Driver's Education course online. We have everything you need right here.

  • Find a step-by-step process to getting your license when you click How It Works.
  • Find all the Forms You'll Need to bring to the DPS right here.
  • Still have more questions? Find a list of FAQs that covers most of the common concerns new drivers face.

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