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TITLE 16ECONOMIC REGULATION
PART 4TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION
CHAPTER 84DRIVER EDUCATION AND SAFETY
SUBCHAPTER EDRIVING SAFETY SCHOOLS, COURSE PROVIDERS AND INSTRUCTORS
RULE §84.64Driving Safety Instructor License Requirements

(a) Application for licensing as a driving safety or specialized driving safety, or DSY25 instructor shall be made on forms prescribed by the department. A person is qualified to apply for a driving safety or specialized driving safety instructor license who holds a valid Class A, B, C, or CDL driver's license, other than learner license or provisional license, for the preceding three years in the areas for which the individual is to teach, which has not been revoked or suspended in the preceding three years.

(b) A person applying for an original driving safety, specialized driving safety, or DSY25 instructor's license must submit to the department the following:

  (1) a complete application prescribed by the department;

  (2) the required fees;

  (3) documentation showing that all applicable educational requirements have been met; and

  (4) a clear and legible photocopy of the current, valid driver's license issued to the applicant.

(c) A person applying for a driving safety, specialized driving safety, or DSY25 instructor license may qualify for the following endorsements:

  (1) Driving safety instructor. The application shall include evidence of completion of 16 hours of training covering techniques of instruction and in-depth familiarization with material contained in the driving safety curriculum in which the individual is being trained and 12 hours of practical teaching in the same driving safety course and a statement signed by the course provider recommending the applicant for licensing. Alternatively, a currently licensed instructor may submit a copy of a current driving safety instructor license, a specialized driving safety instructor license, DSY25 instructor license, or a current driver education instructor license and evidence of six hours of training and six hours of demonstrative presentation teaching or practical teaching in the curriculum to be licensed. The six hours of training shall cover techniques of instruction and in-depth familiarization with material contained in the driving safety curriculum. The six hours of demonstrative presentation or practical teaching shall be in the driving safety curriculum and under the direct supervision of a licensed driving safety instructor trainer endorsed in the same driving safety curriculum.

  (2) Specialized driving safety instructor. The application shall include evidence of completion of 16 hours of training and 12 hours of practical teaching. The 16 hours of training shall cover techniques of instruction and in-depth familiarization with material contained in the specialized driving safety curriculum. The 12 hours of practical teaching shall be in the same specialized driving safety curriculum and shall be accompanied by a statement signed by the course provider recommending the applicant for licensing. Alternatively, the applicant may submit a copy of a current driving safety instructor license or current or past certification as a National Highway Traffic Safety Association Child Passenger Safety technician or instructor and six hours of training and six hours of demonstrative presentation or practical teaching. The six hours of training shall cover techniques of instruction and in-depth familiarization with material contained in the specialized driving safety curriculum. The six hours of demonstrative presentation or practical teaching shall be in the same specialized driving safety curriculum and under the direct supervision of a licensed specialized driving safety instructor trainer endorsed in the same specialized driving safety curriculum.

  (3) DSY25 instructor. The application shall include evidence of completion of 16 hours of training covering techniques of instruction and in-depth familiarization with material contained in the driving safety curriculum in which the individual is being trained and eight hours of practical teaching in the same driving safety course with a statement signed by the course provider recommending the applicant for licensing. Alternatively, a currently licensed instructor may submit a copy of a current driving safety instructor license, a specialized driving safety instructor license, DSY25 instructor license, or a current driver education instructor license and evidence of six hours of training and four hours of demonstrative presentation teaching or practical teaching in the curriculum to be licensed. The six hours of training shall cover techniques of instruction and in-depth familiarization with material contained in the driving safety curriculum. The four hours of demonstrative presentation or practical teaching shall be in the driving safety curriculum and under the direct supervision of a licensed driving safety instructor trainer endorsed in the same driving safety curriculum.

  (4) Driving safety instructor trainer. The application shall include a statement signed by the driving safety course provider (if different than the applicant) recommending the instructor as an instructor trainer and evidence of one of the following:

    (A) a department-issued driver education instructor license or a Texas teaching certificate with driver education endorsement and 12 hours of experience, exclusive of the 28-hour instructor development course, in the same driving safety course for which the individual is to teach;

    (B) a teaching assistant certificate and 12 hours of experience, exclusive of the 28-hour instructor development course, in the same driving safety course for which the individual is to teach;

    (C) completion of all the requirements of a driving safety instructor and 60 hours of verifiable experience as a licensed driving safety instructor, of which the most recent 12 hours shall be in the same driving safety course for which the individual is to teach; or 6 clock hours in a teaching methodology course; or

    (D) proof of authorship of an approved driving safety course. The applicant who will provide the initial instructor training for a newly approved course shall demonstrate to the department the ability to teach the course and instructor training course prior to being licensed.

  (5) Specialized driving safety instructor trainer. The application shall include a statement signed by the driving safety course provider (if different than the applicant) recommending the instructor as an instructor trainer, a copy of current or past certification as a National Highway Traffic Safety Association Child Passenger Safety technician or instructor, and evidence of one of the following:

    (A) a department-issued driver education instructor license or a Texas teaching certificate with driver education endorsement and 12 hours of experience, exclusive of the 28-hour instructor development course, in the same specialized driving safety course for which the individual is to teach;

    (B) a teaching assistant certificate and 12 hours of experience, exclusive of the 28-hour instructor development course, in the same specialized driving safety course for which the individual is to teach;

    (C) completion of all the requirements for a specialized driving safety instructor license and 60 hours of verifiable experience as a licensed driving safety instructor, of which the most recent 12 hours shall be in the same specialized driving safety course for which the individual is to teach; or 6 clock hours in a teaching methodology course; or

    (D) proof of authorship of an approved specialized driving safety course. The applicant who will provide the initial instructor training for a newly approved course shall demonstrate to the department the ability to teach the course and the instructor training course prior to being licensed.

  (6) DSY25 instructor trainer. The application shall include a statement signed by the driving safety course provider (if different than the applicant) recommending the instructor as an instructor trainer and evidence of one of the following:

    (A) a department-issued driver education instructor license or a Texas teaching certificate with driver education endorsement and 12 hours of experience, exclusive of the 28-hour instructor development course, in the same driving safety course for which the individual is to teach;

    (B) a teaching assistant certificate and 12 hours of experience, exclusive of the 28-hour instructor development course, in the same driving safety course for which the individual is to teach;

    (C) completion of all the requirements of a driving safety instructor and 60 hours of verifiable experience as a licensed driving safety instructor, of which the most recent 12 hours shall be in the same driving safety course for which the individual is to teach; or six clock hours in a teaching methodology course; or

    (D) proof of authorship of an approved driving safety course. The applicant who will provide the initial instructor training for a newly approved course shall demonstrate to the department the ability to teach the course and instructor training course prior to being licensed.

  (7) Instructor development course driving safety instructor trainer. The applicant shall:

    (A) include evidence of completion of all the requirements for a driving safety instructor trainer plus an additional 30 hours of verifiable experience as a licensed driving safety instructor or driving safety instructor trainer in the same driving safety course for which the individual is to teach, or proof of authorship of an approved driving safety course; and

    (B) submit a statement signed by the driving safety course provider, if different than the applicant, recommending the individual as an instructor development course instructor trainer in driving safety.

  (8) Instructor development course specialized driving safety instructor trainer. The applicant shall include a copy of a current or past certification as a National Highway Traffic Safety Association Child Passenger Safety technician or instructor and evidence of:

    (A) completion of all the requirements for a specialized driving safety instructor trainer plus an additional 30 hours of verifiable experience as a licensed specialized driving safety instructor or specialized driving safety instructor trainer in the same specialized driving safety course for which the individual is to teach, or proof of authorship of an approved specialized driving safety course; and

    (B) submit a statement signed by the driving safety course provider, if different than the applicant, recommending the individual as an instructor development course instructor trainer in specialized driving safety.

  (9) Instructor development course DSY25 instructor trainer. The applicant shall:

    (A) include evidence of completion of all the requirements for a driving safety instructor trainer plus an additional 30 hours of verifiable experience as a licensed driving safety instructor or driving safety instructor trainer in the same driving safety course for which the individual is to teach, or proof of authorship of an approved driving safety course; and

    (B) submit a statement signed by the driving safety course provider, if different than the applicant, recommending the individual as an instructor development course instructor trainer in driving safety.

(d) A renewal application for a driving safety, specialized driving safety, or DSY25 instructor license must be prepared using the following procedures.

  (1) Application for renewal of an instructor license shall be made on a form prescribed by the department and submitted by the course provider.

  (2) The annual instructor licensing fee and evidence of continuing education shall accompany the application.

(e) Continuing education requirements include the following:

  (1) Evidence of completion of continuing education shall be provided for each instructor during the individual license renewal period on forms approved by the department. A verification form indicating completion shall be provided to the department by the course provider on behalf of the instructors. The form shall be signed by the instructor receiving the training and the course provider or designee.

  (2) Carryover credit of continuing education hours shall not be permitted.

  (3) A licensee may not receive credit for attending the same course more than once during the same licensing period.

  (4) A licensed individual who teaches an approved continuing education course may receive credit for attending continuing education.

  (5) A driving safety, specialized driving safety, or DSY25 continuing education course shall not be used for the continuing education requirement for a driver education instructor license.

(f) An instructor who has allowed a previous license to expire shall file an original application on a form provided by the department that is submitted by the course provider. The application shall include the processing and annual instructor licensing fees and evidence of continuing education completed within the last year. Evidence of educational experience may not be required to be resubmitted if the documentation is on file at the department.

(g) All driving safety, specialized driving safety, or DSY25 instructor license endorsement changes shall require the following:

  (1) written documentation showing all applicable educational requirements have been met to justify endorsement changes;

  (2) the required fees; and

  (3) completion of renewal requirements for current endorsements.


Source Note: The provisions of this §84.64 adopted to be effective April 1, 2017, 42 TexReg 1400; amended to be effective September 1, 2020, 45 TexReg 6069

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