Getting Your Permit

What do I bring to the DPS to get my permit?

You must be at least 15 years old to get your Texas Permit. Here are the essentials to bring with you:

From Aceable:

  • DE-964 Permit Certificate (we email this to you)
  • Aceable Classroom Instruction Log (only the first six hours for Level 1 shown if going by the Concurrent Method, OR all 32 hours of Levels 1-12 shown if going by the Block Method)

From PTDE Packet:

  • Classroom Instruction – Driver Education Affidavit
  • Texas Residency Affidavit
  • PTDE Packet Receipt (only if you ordered the packet on or after November 14, 2016)
  • If you don’t have your PTDE packet, you can request one here. If you started the course before receiving the packet, follow these steps:
    • Make sure you have an eligible parent instructor before ordering the packet.
    • Order the packet ASAP from the TDLR.
    • When you receive the packet, hang on to it for three days.
    • After three days, let us know by emailing us at support@aceable.com to update your certificate date.

At DPS:

  • $16 Learner License Fee (cash, credit, check, or money order)
  • Application for Driver License or Identification Card
  • Vision Exam

Others:

  • Your Parent Instructor
  • Proof of Texas residency (Parent Instructor must bring two forms of proof): deed, mortgage statement, valid and unexpired Texas voter registration card, utility bills, etc.
  • Proof of identity and lawful US presence or citizenship: valid US passport, birth certificate, or US certificate of citizenship or naturalization
  • Social Security Card
  • Verification of Enrollment (VOE): This paperwork proves that you are currently attending school and your grades and attendance are in good standing. You need to fill it out and get it signed by somebody at your school’s administrative office.* If you are not in high school but are getting your GED instead, you’ll need to bring the form to your GED program’s office and get them to sign as the administrator.
  • Some schools require a waiting period between when you request the VOE and when they’ll actually issue it to you (usually 24 hours). Therefore, it’s a good idea to request the VOE from your school ahead of time (we recommend at least 3-7 days before you head to the DPS).If you get your VOE during the last week of the school year, it is good until the start of the fall semester.During the summer, you can head to your school district’s administrative office and have them sign your VOE form.

    *If you are home-schooled, Write “Home School” or the name of your home school on the top left corner of the form and your county on the top right corner of the form.

    • Check the first box, indicating your student is enrolled in a home school.
    • Type or print the student’s name.
    • Type or print one parent’s name and phone number in Administrator/Designee section.
    • Both the student and the parent must sign and date the form.

How do I get my permit?

You can get your permit when you meet all of the following requirements:

Does this course include the state-approved DPS written test?

You’ll take the state-approved DPS written test at the end of Level 1 (the first six hours of the course). This means that you won’t need to take the Written Knowledge Test at the DPS. The test consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. You’ll have one hour to complete the test and you must score at least 70% or better (at least 21 out of 30 questions correct) in order to pass.

If you fail, you can take the test again 24 hours later. There is no limit on how many times you can take the written test and you don’t have to pay again to take it more than once.

When will I get my certificates from Aceable?

Aceable will email you two DE-964 certificates that you need to print out.

You’ll receive your DE-964 Permit Certificate within one hour of completing the permit test at the end of Level 1 (first six hours of the course). You’ll present this at the DPS when you get your permit.

*Your Permit Certificate will be marked for the Concurrent Method. If you need it marked for the Block Method, please contact us when you finish all 32 hours of your course (12 levels).

You’ll receive your DE-964 License Certificate/Certificate of Completion within one hour of completing all 32 hours of your course (12 levels). You’ll present this at the DPS when you get your license.

How do I fill out the forms for my permit?

This video will take you through filling out your forms step-by step! If it’s going too fast, you can pause at any point in the video.

We show you how to fill out:

  1. Aceable’s Classroom Instruction Log (download here)
  2. Aceable’s Driver Education Certificate (we email this to you after you finish Level 1)
  3. Classroom Instruction Driver Education Affidavit (found in your TDLR program guide packet)
  4. Texas Residency Affidavit (found in your TDLR program guide packet)

If you’ve misplaced your Parent Taught Drivers Ed Program Guide Packet from TDLR, download another copy here by looking yourself up in their system with the instructor email used when you ordered it.

If you have not yet ordered that Guide, and you have already gotten your permit certificate from Aceable, please do so right away by clicking the first link on the above website, then contact an Aceable Customer Experience Hero to help you through the next steps!

Wondering what to bring to the DPS? Check out this guide.

What is the concurrent method?

Aceable’s Parent Taught Drivers Ed program falls under the concurrent method by default. What does this mean?

It means that you are eligible to get your permit after finishing Level 1. After passing the DPS written test at the end of Level 1, we will email you a DE-964 Certificate to use at the DPS to get your permit.

After getting your permit, you will finish the rest of the course and work on your behind-the-wheel hours.

This method is great because you can get your permit without finishing the course. It makes the process for getting a license faster since you can work on the course and your driving hours “concurrently” rather than completing the course first and then your driving hours.

What is the block method?

The block method means that you complete all of the parent taught drivers ed classroom portion under Aceable first before getting your permit. Unfortunately, there is no way to set your course to the block method, but keep reading for the steps!

We generally suggest this for our 14-year-old students since you might have to wait quite some time before you are 15 to get your permit. The concurrent method is offered by default since most of our students are already at least 15 and can get their permit immediately after finishing Level 1.

Here’s how to do the block method:

  1. Complete Level 1 and pass the DPS written test.
  2. Ignore the DE-964 permit certificate that is emailed to you.
  3. Continue working on the rest of the course (Levels 2-12).
  4. Pass the final exam after the Level 12 assessment.
  5. We will email the DE-964 license certificate. Set that aside for when you go get your license.
  6. Contact Aceable to get your permit certificate from Step 2 updated to say “block” instead of “concurrent”.
  7. Get your permit!
  8. Work on your 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
  9. Hold your permit for at least 6 months – you also must be at least 16 years old too.
  10. Complete the Impact Texas Teen Drivers program.
  11. Pass your driving test and get your license!

When do my 6 months start?

The six-month permit period starts on the day that you receive your permit at the DPS. 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.

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.

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