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RULE §84.44Driver Education Instructor License

(a) An application for licensure as a driver education instructor must be made on forms prescribed by the department and be accompanied by the appropriate fees. A license application is valid for one year from the date it is filed with the department. A person applying for an original driver education instructor license must:

  (1) hold a valid class A, B, C, or CDL driver's license, other than a learner license or provisional license, for the preceding three years, that has not been revoked or suspended in the preceding three years;

  (2) submit a completed application with non-refundable application fee as prescribed by the department;

  (3) submit the instructor licensing fees;

  (4) submit a national criminal history record information review fee; and

  (5) provide fingerprints to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) through the IdentoGo Fingerprint Service or any other method required by the DPS.

(b) A driver education instructor may perform instruction and administration of the classroom and in-car phases of driver education, as prescribed in the POI-DE, and the classroom phase of the POI-Adult Six-Hour.

(c) An application for renewal of a driver education instructor license must be submitted on forms prescribed by the department. A complete renewal application must include the following:

  (1) the renewal fee;

  (2) provide a valid driver license record that meets the requirements stated in §84.44(a)(1); and

  (3) if selected for audit, proof of successful completion of at least two hours of continuing education credit during the license renewal period relating to driver education, driving safety, and instructional techniques.

(d) The department will employ an audit system for reporting completion of continuing education. The licensee is responsible for maintaining a record of the licensee's continuing education experiences. The certificates, transcripts, or other documentation verifying the completion of continuing education hours must not be forwarded to the department at the time of renewal unless the department has selected the licensee for audit.

(e) The audit process for continuing education will be as follows:

  (1) The department will select for audit a random sample of licensees for each renewal period. Licensees will be notified of the continuing education audit when they receive their renewal documentation.

  (2) If selected for an audit, the licensee must submit copies of certificates, transcripts, or other documentation satisfactory to the department, verifying the licensee's attendance, participation, and completion of the continuing education. All documentation must be provided at the time of the renewal.

  (3) Failure to timely furnish documentation or providing false information during the audit process or renewal process are grounds for disciplinary action against the licensee.

(f) An applicant for a driver education instructor license or its renewal must successfully pass a criminal history background check.

Source Note: The provisions of this §84.44 adopted to be effective June 1, 2023, 48 TexReg 2702

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