Behind The Wheel

How do I complete the required behind-the-wheel driving hours?

You can get started on the 44 required behind-the-wheel hours once you’ve received your permit at the DPS.

You must do 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with your official parent instructor (the student will observe the parent instructor for seven of the hours, while the parent instructor will observe the student for the other seven hours). You’ll list these hours in the Behind-the-Wheel Instruction Log of the PTDE packet .

You must also do 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice with any licensed adult 21 years old or older (10 of these hours must be done at night). You’ll list these hours in the Behind-the-Wheel Practice Log of the PTDE packet.

When can I start driving with someone?

Once you have your permit, you can start working on your behind-the-wheel instruction and practice hours. You cannot drive without a permit or a driver license.

Can I drive alone with a permit?

No. Absolutely not! When you have your permit, you are only allowed to drive if there is a licensed adult 21 years old or older with you in the car. There are no restrictions on what hours you may drive during the day or night, but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the late hours of the night.

How does my parent know what to teach in the car?

If you want a guide to completing the 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, you can use the Driving Manager in your Aceable course.

  • Log into your Aceable student or parent account on the web here or in the Aceable Drivers Ed app.
  • In your course, click on the three horizontal lines in the top left-hand corner. This will expand the menu bar. Click on Driving Manager.
  • You can use the Driving Manager in the web course or app to check off the behind-the-wheel instruction tasks you’ve completed. 
  • You can also download a PDF version of the Driving Manager from the web course.

If you want a guide to completing the 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice, you can use the 30-Hour Behind-the-Wheel Guide from the state of Texas here.

Do I need to complete Aceable first before doing my driving hours?

No, you don’t have to. You can do it in any order that you want!

Some like to do one level of Aceable one day and two hours of driving and switch back and forth like that.

Some like to finish all of Aceable first and then work on the driving hours.

Some people work on the driving hours and then finish up Aceable later.

What should I know for the driving test?

The DPS has been nice enough to share a handy file that goes over things you should know before going for the driving test. Check it out here.

What if I want to do my driving hours with a driving school?

Follow the steps below:

Step 1. Get your permit and complete all 32 classroom hours with Aceable.

You’ll want to finish your 32-hour Aceable Parent Taught Drivers Ed course before any transfers are allowed by the state of Texas. You can read about the first couple of steps for getting your permit here.

Note: You cannot transfer to a driving school if you do not have an eligible parent instructor. Why? It’s because any work done under Parent Taught Drivers Ed with an ineligible instructor is not considered valid. All of the work will have been done for nothing. If you have an ineligible instructor, the correct process would be to switch to our Instructor Taught Drivers Ed course by contacting our Customer Experience team.

Step 2. Pick your driving school and let Aceable know.

Contact Aceable when you’re done with all 32 hours of the course. At this time, provide us with the name and address for your driving school.

Step 3. We will email you a transfer certificate.

Your final certificate from Aceable is proof that you have finished all 32 hours of classroom instruction with us. The final certificate also has a spot to indicate if you are transferring from Aceable to another company. That’s where we’ll put your driving school information.

Step 4. Start your driving hours with your school.

They generally just take care of the 14 hour of in-car observation with you. The rest of your hours will be done outside of class unless your school also offers the option to do the remaining 30 hours at the school.

Step 5. Practice 30 more driving hours with a licensed driver over 21.

If your driving school doesn’t offer these hours, you’ll do them outside of class. You can follow this handy guide from the state of Texas to know what you need to learn.

Step 6. Hold your permit for at least 6 months.

You won’t be able to get your license until you are at least 16 years old and have held your permit for at least 6 months.

Step 7. Complete the Impact Texas Teen Drivers Program.

The Impact Texas Teen Drivers program (ITTD) is a free, two-hour video course provided online by the Texas DPS. Any student who has taken Texas Parent Taught Drivers Ed or Instructor Taught Drivers Ed and has received a Certificate of Completion from Aceable is required to complete ITTD no more than 90 days before their driving exam. ITTD is not optional.

ITTD is made up of eight 15-minute videos, totaling two hours. You can choose to watch all eight modules at one time or watch the modules separately at different times.

When you complete ITTD, the DPS will email you a certificate. You must print out this certificate and present it at the DPS when you take your driving exam. If you are unable to receive your ITTD certificate through email, you can log into your ITTD account and access it there.

While there is no expiration date on the ITTD certificate, you must take ITTD no more than 90 days before your driving exam. Therefore, if you don’t pass your driving exam within 90 days of the date on your ITTD certificate, you must take ITTD again and get a new ITTD certificate.

To learn more about ITTD and take the course, click here.

Step 8. Schedule your driving test and get your license!

You can get your Texas license if you meet all of the following requirements:

  1. You have held your permit for at least six months.
  2. You are at least 16 years old.
  3. You have completed all 12 levels of Aceable and have received a Certificate of Completion from us.
  4. You have completed 44 hours of behind-the wheel instruction and practice.

If you meet all of these requirements, you can schedule a driving exam at your local DPS. Please note that the DPS can book up very quickly, especially during high-volume seasons like the summer and during spring break. You should schedule your driving exam as far in advance as possible. Click here for tips on preparing for your driving exam.

When you go to the DPS, don’t forget to bring all your paperwork and documents with you. Click here to see what you need to bring with you on that day.

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