Texas Instructor Taught Drivers Ed

TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION TO INSTRUCTOR TAUGHT DRIVERS ED

Welcome to Aceable’s Texas Instructor Taught Drivers Ed course! Skip the boring classes. Instead, work on your drivers ed requirement on your computer, tablet, or phone. We’ll have you behind-the-wheel in no time!

You can take this course if:

  • You’re a Texas teen (14-17 years old).
  • You want to complete your behind-the-wheel instruction hours with a professional driving instructor*

You should take this course because:

  • Aceable is state-approved. Our certificates are accepted at any DPS in Texas.
  • Aceable is all about convenience. You can log into your account on our website or by downloading the free Aceable Drivers Ed app for iOS and Android devices. You can switch between devices anytime and anywhere you want.
  • Aceable includes 32 hours of engaging and entertaining content written in an easy way for teens to understand. Your course will include text, videos, pictures, memes, and pop-up questions galore! You won’t just be reading for 32 hours straight.
  • Aceable gives you access to unlimited free practice tests to ensure your success.
  • Aceable includes the actual DPS written knowledge test that students take to get their permit, so you can skip the test at the DPS.
  • Aceable will email you two certificates to bring to the DPS to get both your Texas permit and license.
  • Aceable allows parents to track student progress and test scores, so you’re never out of the loop.
  • Aceable’s Customer Experience Heroes are available every day of the week to help answer your questions about anything and everything drivers ed. You can reach us by phone, email, and live chat.

*If you want your parent to teach you the behind-the-wheel hours, rather than paying for driving lessons, you may be interested in taking Aceable’s Parent Taught Drivers Ed course.

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STEPS TO GETTING YOUR LICENSE WITH INSTRUCTOR TAUGHT DRIVERS ED
Step 1: Start and Complete Your Aceable Instructor Taught Drivers Ed Course

You need to complete all 13 levels of your course before you’re eligible to get your permit.

The course includes the Written Knowledge Test so that you don’t need to take it at the DPS! The test will consist 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.

We’ll email you the certficates you’ll need to get your permit and start your behind-the-wheel lessons once you’ve completed your Aceable course.

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Step 2: Get Your Instructor Taught Permit

When you finish your Aceable course, we’ll email you the DE-964 Permit Certificate and Certificate of Completion. Simply print your certificates from your email. You’ll take the Permit Certificate and other documents to the DPS, where you’ll do your vision exam and get your permit.

Remember, you must be at least 15 years old to get your Texas permit.

Once you have your permit, you can start on the behind-the-wheel portion of your drivers ed. Click here to learn more about the behind-the-wheel process.

*Note: 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.

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Step 3: Complete Your Instructor Taught Behind-the-Wheel Hours

The state requires that you do 44 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and practice. The behind-the-wheel hours are divided as follows:

You must do 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with a professional driving instructor. Print out your license certificate and give that to your driving school.

If you want to complete these 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with a parent instructor, click here for directions on the steps you’ll need to take.

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 can use this 30-hour log to keep track of these hours.

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.

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Step 4: Complete the Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) Course

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.

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Step 5: Get Your Instructor Taught License

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

  1. You are at least 16 years old.
  2. You have held your Texas permit for at least six months.
  3. You have completed all 13 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.
    1. 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction are done with a professional driving school
    2. 30 hours (10 of which are at night) of behind-the-wheel practice are done with any licensed adult 21 years old or older

If you meet all of these requirements, you can schedule a driving exam at your local DPSPlease 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. For tips on preparing for your driving exam, click here.

Once you have your driving exam scheduled, don’t forget to complete the Impact Texas Teen Driver (ITTD) program. You are required by the state to complete the ITTD no more than 90 days before your scheduled driving exam. To learn more about ITTD, click here.

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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TESTS IN THE INSTRUCTOR TAUGHT COURSE
Instructor Taught Level Assessments

There are 13 levels in the course. At the end of Levels 2-13 are level assessments consisting of 10 questions. The questions will be a mix of multiple-choice and true/false questions. You must score at least 70% or better (at least 7 out of 10 questions correct) in order to pass and go on to the next level.

If you fail a level assessment, you can take it again. There is no limit on how many times you can take a level assessment and you don’t have to pay again to take a level assessment more than once.

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Instructor Taught Written Knowledge Test

The DPS Written Knowledge Test will be provided to you at the end of Level 3 (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 will consist 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 and go on to the next level.

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

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Instructor Taught Course Assessment

After you complete the level assessment at the end of Level 13, you’ll need to do the Course Assessment. This assessment consists of 50 questions. The questions will be a mix of multiple-choice and true/false questions. You must score at least 70% or better (at least 35 out of 50 questions correct) in order to pass and receive a DE-964 Certificate of Completion from Aceable.

You have three chances to pass the Course Assessment. After failing the Course Assessment three times, the state requires that you repurchase and restart the course from the very beginning.

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INSTRUCTOR TAUGHT CERTIFICATES
Instructor Taught Permit and License Certificates (DE-964)

After completing the course and passing your final exam, your certificates will be emailed by the end of the next business day. We have a cutoff time for certificates: you must finish by 1 PM CST Monday through Saturday in order to have your certificate emailed by end of next business day.

Example: you finish at 11 AM on Monday. You should receive your certificates in your email by end of day Tuesday.

Example: you finish at 8 PM on Friday. You should receive your certificates in your email by end of day Sunday.

Example: you finish at 10 AM on Sunday. You should receive your certificates in your email by end of day Tuesday. This is because we do not process any certificates on Sunday.

Aceable will email you two DE-964 certificates.

One of these certificates is the DE-964 Permit Certificate. You’ll present this at the DPS when you get your permit.

*Your Permit Certificate will be marked for the Block Method, meaning that you completed all 32 hours of the course (13 levels) before receiving your DE-964 Permit Certificate and going to the DPS to get your permit.

The other certificate is the DE-964 License Certificate/Certificate of Completion. You’ll present this at your driving school as proof that you finished all 32 classroom hours online and to the DPS when you get your license.

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Additional Instructor Taught Certificate Copies

If you need another copy of your certificate or need to make a correction, contact our Customer Experience Heroes to get this done.

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Why Is My Certificate On Hold?

Starting on July 12, 2017, Aceable began e-mailing certificates for Instructor Taught Drivers Ed students.

If you finished your course before July 12, 2017, your certificate was mailed out. If you have not received it in the mail and did not get any notice from Aceable that your certificate was shipped out, what this most likely means is that you have not provided us all of the information we need to mail out your certificate.

When you are done with the course and have passed the final course assessment, you are asked to provide a shipping selection, shipping address, and the name and address of your driving school.

If you do not provide the information we need from you, we contact you several times.

  • The morning after you finish the course, you will get a text message from us notifying you for the first time that we’re missing information from you.
  • In the next 2-3 days, maybe even the same day you got the text from us, you will get an email from us asking for your missing information.
  • If you haven’t updated us within 3 weeks, you will receive a text from us reminding you to contact us with your information AND that this is the last time we will contact you. C’mon, don’t you want to get your permit and license?

After three weeks, your certificate is on hold. At that point, it is up to you to contact our Customer Experience Heroes and provide the missing information so that we can email your certificates to you.

Here are a couple of reasons or examples we would need to reach out to you if there is an issue with your certificate:

  • You did not select a shipping option.
  • You left the name and address of the driving school blank.
  • You put down “Aceable”. We are only your 32-hour classroom course. You need to pick a local in-person driving school. We don’t count!
  • You put “DMV”, “DPS”, or “TBD/To Be Determined” or something else that isn’t a driving school. Sneaky sneaky. Still doesn’t count.
  • You put down your parent’s name and address as the driving school. We contact you to confirm parent eligibility before we can mail out your certificate.

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INSTRUCTOR TAUGHT AT THE DPS – DOCUMENTS, STATE FEES, AND TESTS
Instructor Taught Permit – What to Bring to the DPS

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)
  • Others:
    • Your parent or legal guardian
    • Proof of Texas residency (parent or legal guardian 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.
  • At DPS:
    • $16 Learner License Fee (cash, credit, check, or money order)
    • Vision Exam

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Instructor Taught License – What to Bring to the DPS

You must be at least 16 years old and have held your permit for at least six months to get your Texas license. Here are the essentials to bring with you:

  • From Aceable:
    • DE-964 License Certificate (we email this to you)
  • Others:
    • Your parent or legal guardian
    • Your permit (must be held for at least 6 months)
    • Proof of insurance – Your name does not need to be on the car insurance
    • Current registration and inspection sticker
    • Two license plates (front and back)
    • ITTD program certificate of completion (expires after 90 days)
    • Certificate of Completion from your driving school
    • 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.
  • At DPS:
    • $11 Provisional License Fee (cash, credit, check, or money order)
    • Driving Exam (Click here for tips on preparing for your driving exam)

We recommend that you make an appointment at your DPS to take your driving exam. Most DPS offices allow you to schedule a driving exam online, which is smart considering that some DPS offices may be booked months in advance, 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 to view DPS offices near you and schedule a driving exam. When it asks for your Texas Driver License number, you can enter your Texas ID number or permit number. This is required in order for you to confirm your appointment.

If online scheduling is available, the office listing will include a link to “Schedule a driving test online” or “Get in line online.” If your local DPS does not offer this service, it could be a long wait, so you should call them and see if you can schedule a driving exam over the phone.

If you fail the driving test, you are given three attempts to pass within 90 days before a new $16 fee is charged. You can go back to the DPS as early as the next day to retake the exam.

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YOUR BEHIND-THE-WHEEL HOURS WITH INSTRUCTOR TAUGHT
Selecting a Driving School with Instructor Taught

Selecting the driving school where you’ll do behind-the-wheel instruction is a huge decision, and it’s important that you do your research beforehand. We suggest doing a quick Google search, such as “driving school + your zip code or city“.

Some things you should keep in mind are:

Cost- 14 hours of instruction at a state-approved driving school could cost anywhere from $200 to upwards of $400.

Location– How far is the driving school from where you live and go to school? How convenient is it for you to get to and from the driving school? How will you get there?

Schedule– Available instruction hours at driving schools vary and certain seasons are busier than others (such as summer). Does the class schedule work for you and your parents?

Reviews and ratings– What have other people said about the driving school you’re looking at? If the school has consistently received positive reviews and high ratings, maybe it’s a good idea to consider taking lessons there. Bad reviews from previous students and parents may mean you should continue your search.

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Transferring from Instructor Taught to Parent Taught for Behind-the-Wheel

If you want to do the behind-the-wheel instruction hours with a parent instructor instead of at a professional driving school, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make sure your parent is eligible as an instructor to teach under the parent taught drivers ed program. The state’s eligibility requirements are listed here.
  2. Finish your Aceable course. Select your shipping and put your parent’s name and address down where we ask for “driving school” and “driving school address”.
  3. Contact Aceable once you’re done and let us know the name and address of your parent instructor AND if they are eligible. You can email us here. We’ll issue you a certificate that transfers you to the parent instructor for the behind-the-wheel instruction hours. You’ll be able to access your Parent Taught account the day after we mail your certificate out.
  4. Order the Parent Taught Drivers Ed (PTDE) packet from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) online for $20 here.
  5. When you receive your Aceable certificate in the mail, go to the DPS to get your permit. Click here for a list of what you need to bring with you.
  6. Once you have your permit and have received the PTDE Packet, get started on the 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with your parent instructor. You’ll list these hours in Appendix F (Behind-the-Wheel Instruction Log) of the PTDE packet. Aceable has created the Driving Manager (located in the menu bar of your Parent Taught course), which is a great tool that can help you complete the 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with your parent instructor.
  7. When you have completed the 14 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with your parent instructor, contact Aceable and we will email you a Certificate of Completion. Print it out and set it aside.
  8. You’ll also need to complete 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice and list these hours  in Appendix G (Behind-the-Wheel Practice Log) of the PTDE packet. You can complete these 30 hours with any adult who is at least 21 years old or older and has had a valid Texas license for the last three years. You can use the 30 Hour Guide from the state here to help you complete these 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice.
  9. When you’re done with the 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice in Step #8, mark the Completion Date on the Certificate of Completion that we emailed to you in Step #7.

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HARDSHIP LICENSE

A hardship license- also known as a minor restricted driver license (MRDL)- is a Texas driver license that you can get before you’re 16 years old or without holding your permit for a minimum of 6 months. In order to obtain a hardship license, you must show proof of why you need to drive as soon as possible.

You can apply for a hardship license if you meet all of the following:

  1. You are at least 15 years old.
  2. You have completed all 32 hours of Aceable’s Parent Taught Drivers Ed course and have received a Certificate of Completion from us.
  3. You have completed 44 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and practice.
  4. You have a qualifying hardship.

Qualifying hardships are:

  • Economic need (Example: You need to go to work to support your family, but no one can drive you to work)
  • Death-related emergency
  • Sickness/illness/disability of family members (physician’s statement required)
  • Enrollment in a Vocational Education Program* (certification from school required)

*Vocational Education Programs include classes that require you to drive to a location as part of an internship or training program. For example, if you were in a health care internship class and needed to go to the hospital to learn from the nurses and doctors there, but you did not have anyone to drive you, you would meet this hardship.

If you are approved for a hardship license, it will expire on your next birthday.

To apply for a hardship license, bring all of the following to your DPS:

  1. All the paperwork and documents needed to meet regular licensing requirements
  2. A parent or legal guardian
  3. A completed MRDL application (also available at any driver license office)

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INSTRUCTOR TAUGHT IDENTITY SECURITY QUESTIONS

The state of Texas requires Aceable to verify the identity of students taking the course. We do this by asking you a series of identity security questions based on information in your Aceable Student Profile. This system is made to ensure that the person who signed up for the course is actually the one taking it.

You’ll be asked these identity security questions at various points throughout the course. If you fail 18 questions (which we doubt you will since these questions are all about you!), the state of Texas requires us to lock you out of your account. Unfortunately, this is a state requirement we have to follow.

However, you can contact us here and we’d be happy to unlock your account after we do some additional verification. We’ll work with you to make sure you can continue your course ASAP

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INSTRUCTOR TAUGHT COURSE TOOLS
Instructor Taught Student Course Tools

Aceable provides a variety of student course tools that you’ll find very helpful. These tools include the student profile, table of contents, progress logs, and practice tests. You can learn about using these tools in our Account & Log In Help Knowledge Base here.

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Instructor Taught Parent Monitoring Tools

Aceable provides parents with valuable parent monitoring tools so they can keep up with the work that their students are doing in the course. These tools include the progress log and student test scores. You can learn more about using these tools in our Account & Log In Help Knowledge Base here.

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT & TROUBLESHOOTING

If you are experiencing technical issues with the web course or app, there are a variety of troubleshooting options available to you. For a detailed guide on troubleshooting your web course or app, check out Aceable’s Technical Support & Troubleshooting Knowledge Base here.

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CONTACT TEXAS DPS

If you want to contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) headquarters, you can reach them at: 512-424-2000

If you want to contact a DPS office near you, you can find that contact information here.

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