The following relationships to a driver’s ed student are acceptable to be eligible to teach the course: parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian. An adult with power of attorney is not sufficient. No other relative than those listed is permitted as an instructor.
In order to be an eligible instructor, a parent must:
- Have 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)
- Have not had their driver’s license suspended or revoked in the past three years
- Have fewer than six points on their driving record
- Have no Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated convictions or have received a probated sentence for DWI, DUI or Criminally Negligent Homicide
Instructors who are not sure if they meet the requirements should check their criminal record and driving record before signing up. If the TDLR determines a parent/guardian is ineligible to be an instructor, 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 driver’s 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 and under the guidance of a qualified parent, grandparent or legal guardian.