Parent Taught Drivers Ed Program Guide Packet

Who can be a parent instructor?

In order to be a parent instructor, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • You are the student’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent, or legal guardian.
  • You must have a valid Texas driver license for the preceding three years.*
  • You don’t have a conviction or probated sentence of criminally negligent homicide or driving while intoxicated.
  • You haven’t had your driving privileges suspended, revoked, or forfeited for traffic-related violations in the past three years.
  • You don’t have six or more points assigned to your driver license.
  • You cannot be disabled due to mental illness.

*If the parent instructor has had a Texas license for less than the preceding three years, they are responsible for ordering a certified driver record from the state or country where they last had a license. The driver record should go back at least three years and the DPS will need to see the record when the student gets their permit.

What happens if I don’t have an eligible parent instructor?

Unfortunately, you cannot take Parent Taught Drivers Ed without an eligible parent instructor. If you don’t have an eligible parent instructor, contact Aceable and let us know. We can transfer you over to the Instructor Taught Drivers Ed course, which doesn’t require a parent instructor. Instead, this option requires that you receive your behind-the-wheel instruction hours at a driving school of your choice.

What is the Parent Taught Drivers Ed (PTDE) program guide packet?

The Parent Taught Drivers Ed (PTDE) program guide packet contains forms that you’ll fill out and submit to your local DPS office when you get your permit and license, and the DPS will also ask to see your PTDE packet receipt (only if you ordered the packet on or after November 14, 2016).You won’t be able to get your permit or license without the packet, so it’s important that you order and receive it from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) before starting your Aceable Parent Taught course.

How do I order the PTDE packet? When will I receive it?

You order the PTDE packet online directly from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) – it will not be available at your local DPS. TDLR charges a $20 fee for the packet.

When you order the packet online, you can download it immediately after paying for it. Once you’ve gotten to the purchase confirmation page, there will be a link to download your packet. TDLR also emails you a receipt which also contains the link to download the packet right away. If you requested for TDLR to mail the packet to you, it takes about 2-3 weeks to receive it.

Do I need to get the PTDE packet before starting the course?

According to state regulations, students must order and receive the PTDE packet before starting any Parent Taught Drivers Ed coursework online. You can order the PTDE packet from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) here.

The DPS will not accept any coursework a student does before receiving the PTDE packet from the TDLR.

What happens if I started the course before getting the PTDE packet?

Technically, the state doesn’t want you starting the course before you receive the packet. If you did, however, stop working on the course and take the following steps right away:

  1. Make sure you have an eligible parent instructor before ordering the PTDE packet.
  2. Order the PTDE packet ASAP from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).
  3. When you receive the packet, hang on to it for three days.
  4. After three days, let us know by emailing us at to update your Permit Certificate date. This is done to ensure that the date printed on your Permit Certificate is after the date you received the PTDE packet.

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