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TITLE 16ECONOMIC REGULATION
PART 4TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION
CHAPTER 84DRIVER EDUCATION AND SAFETY
SUBCHAPTER DPARENT TAUGHT DRIVER EDUCATION
RULE §84.50Parent-Taught Driver Education Program Requirements

(a) Prior to teaching a department-approved parent taught driver education course, a parent or other individual authorized under §1001.112 of the Code, must submit a completed Request for Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide form with a non-refundable fee to the department.

(b) The person conducting the course must:

  (1) Possess a valid license for the preceding three years that has not been suspended, revoked, or forfeited in the past three years for an offense that involves the operation of a motor vehicle;

  (2) have not been convicted of:

    (A) criminally negligent homicide; or

    (B) driving while intoxicated in the past seven years; and

  (3) have not been convicted during the preceding three years of:

    (A) three or more moving violations described by Section 542.304, Transportation Code, including violations that resulted in an accident; or

    (B) two or more moving violations described by Section 542.304, Transportation Code, that resulted in an accident.

(c) After receiving the Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide, the instructor must obtain one of the department approved parent taught driver education courses to fulfill program requirements.

(d) The parent taught driver education course provider will provide the appropriate portion of a control-numbered DE-964 only to a person who has completed the objectives found in Module One: Traffic Laws of the POI-DE or who has successfully completed the entire portion of the course for which the DE-964 is being issued.

(e) The program includes both classroom and in-car instruction. Classroom instruction is limited to two hours per day and in-car instruction is limited to two hours per day.

(f) The parent, or other individual authorized under §1001.112 of the Code, may teach both or utilize a licensed or public driver education school for either phase.

(g) The fourteen (14) hours of in-car instruction must be taught under one program; either parent taught or a licensed or public driver education school. All previous driver education hours must be repeated if the method of instruction changes prior to completion of either phase.

(h) The remaining hours of classroom following Module One: Traffic Laws of the POI-DE, must be taught under one program, either parent taught or a licensed or public driver education school.

(i) The additional thirty (30) hours of behind-the-wheel practice must be completed in the presence of an adult who meets the requirements of Texas Transportation Code, §521.222(d)(2).

(j) A student may apply to the Department of Public Safety for a learner license after completion of the objectives found in Module One: Traffic Laws of the POI-DE.

(k) Behind-the-wheel driver education instruction may be conducted in any vehicle that is legally operated with a Class C driver license on a Texas highway.

(l) Behind-the-wheel driver education instruction may begin after the student receives a learner license. The required curriculum that must be followed includes: minimum of 44 hours that includes: seven hours behind the wheel instruction in the presence of a parent or other individual authorized under §1001.112 of the Code; seven hours of in-car observation in the presence of a parent or other individual authorized under §1001.112 of the Code; and 30 hours of behind the wheel instruction, including at least 10 hours at night, in the presence of an adult who meets the requirements of Texas Transportation Code, §521.222(d)(2).


Source Note: The provisions of this §84.50 adopted to be effective April 1, 2017, 42 TexReg 1400; amended to be effective March 15, 2020, 45 TexReg 1698; amended to be effective September 1, 2021, 46 TeReg 5394

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