texas drivers license online course

Almost all Texas residents must complete a driver education course and obtain a learner’s permit to be eligible for a driver license. The Texas DPS offers numerous ways to learn how to drive.

One advantage to our adult driver education course is, it includes the Texas drivers license test online.  Traditionally, adults needing to take the drivers test would pickup a copy of the Texas drivers handbook. They would have to study it completely, then visit their local DPS office.  All with the hopes to pass the written driving exam in one trip.

What if there was a better way?  Well, there is!  Simply enroll in our Adult drivers education course which includes the drivers license test online.  Instead of studying through the drivers manual, you get access to six hours of online instruction, practice tests, and the final test in the course is the DPS written driving test.

Once you pass the driving test online, simply print out your ADE-1317 certificate.  You will take it to your DPS office as proof you have taken the drivers test in the online course.  This means you will not have to take the written test at your local DPS office.

Texas Department of Public Safety Office

New to State Drivers may have to take the DPS Driving test

The Texas Department of Public Safety may require new-to-state drivers (Drivers from another state, moving to Texas) to complete the drivers test, before being issued a new Texas license.

One option is to study the drivers handbook, use our Texas drivers license practice tests, then take the Texas drivers license test at your local drivers license office. A convenient option is to enroll in our Adult course (above) that includes six hours of online drivers ed training with eight videos, then take the driving test online in the comfort of your home.

Once you complete the six hours of training and pass the drivers test in the online course, print your ADE-1317 certificate (or we can mail it via first class mail), then take your certificate to your local DPS office.  The certificate is very important.  It proves that you have completed a state approved Adult course *and* that you have passed the drivers test in the online course.  With your certificate, you will not have to take the written driving test at the DPS office.  At Virtual Drive, all of our texas driving courses are approved by TDLR.

Expired drivers license holders must retake the drivers license test

If you fail to renew your drivers license and it expires, the Texas Department of Public Safety will require you to take the drivers license test in order to be reissued a drivers license.

Replace the hassle of studying the drivers manual with the convenience of taking the drivers license test online with six hours of interactive training.


Everything You Need to Know!

Getting your drivers license questions answered can be confusing, until it’s not. Let us help you find the answer to any of your Texas drivers license questions. We like to give you the chance to skip speed bumps that can occur at the drivers license office. We put students on the fast track to completing their drivers ed experience.

The world of drivers ed can be a confusing experience. There is a multitude of options available and each option coming with its own requirements. How is one suppose to find the right path to take?  That’s what we here at Virtual Drive are setting out to do. We provide products that are fast and effective, with the goal of minimizing any need for questions.  Whether it is Parent-Taught drivers ed or going through a commercial school, the Virtual Drive course is here to make any Texas drivers ed a no-brainer.

How Does Online Drivers Education Work?

Teen Drivers Education

Parent Taught?

In a nutshell you’re saying, “WE’VE GOT THIS.”  From your first step of state registration (Download DL-92) to the final step of receiving the Texas drivers license, approved online courses allow you to have the stress free experience of someone else teaching your student everything they need to know about driving, while giving you the comfort of being there to guide your child while they attempt to apply each new concept to the hands-on experience.  This method comes with a heavy burden of state requirements and procedures that can be intimidating.

Texas online drivers ed courses should always place user experience, as well as simplicity at the top of their list. There is little that can cause more frustration at the drivers license office than when you realize your “WE’VE GOT THIS” was really a “Yeah, you’ll figure it out.”  Get Registered With The State Electronically 


What is the difference between Online Parent-Taught and Online Commercial drivers ed?  We like to view the motto for the Parent-Taught industry as “WE’VE GOT THIS,” but the reality is that some parents would just feel more comfortable having their student learn the hands-on experience of traffic school from a professional.

Online Commercial drivers ed is the ability to maintain the simplicity and freedom of learning from a mobile classroom experience. Combine this with schools who have joined us in our passion for making drivers ed a fun and retentive experience. We create a hybrid course that allows commercial schools to join us in our motto of “WE’VE GOT THIS.”

Adult Drivers Education

This one is easy, so let’s keep it that way.  The Texas adult driver education requirements are pretty simple.  Anyone between the ages of 18 and 24 must take an adult driver education course.  Those over the age of 25 can take the course for the benefit of taking the final written exam at home.  The full adult program requires:

  1. Completing a 6 our adult driver education course and final exam.
  2. Present the course certificate at the DPS office.
  3. Completing a driving test at the DPS office (schedule in advance).

This is the fastest and easiest method for getting your 18+ license.

How Do I Get Started With My Online Drivers Ed?

How do I start Texas online drivers ed?

The first and most crucial element of starting Texas online drivers ed is finding the course that not only helps get you going, but also sticks with you to make sure your experience is met with little to no questions.  Finding the answer of how to start means nothing if it is followed by more confusion.

If you are successful at choosing a high quality product, then you have already answered this question. Driver education, no matter the method, faces a barrage of initial paperwork, time log requirements, permit testing, state mandates, and license testing. The more this is done for you, the better you can expect your experience to be.

In short, you might check out one of our courses.

What are the steps for getting my Texas drivers license?


Steps to getting started and obtaining your learner’s permit.

Find out if you should qualify to teach the parent-taught method.

Drivers Ed Course

  1. Purchase your desired online drivers ed course.
  2. Complete the state required (DL-92) application for the Texas PTDE (Parent Taught Drivers Education) Packet.
  3. Once the PTDE has been received, the student may then, and only then, begin their first 6 hours of the course required to obtain their learner’s permit.  These 6 hours need to be logged by you, or by your course if it provides the feature, in no more than 2 hours per day. This means you must go at least 3 days after receiving the PTDE packet from the state of Texas before you are allowed to visit the DPS to obtain your driving permit.
  4. After completion of the first module, the student will then take their learner’s permit test.  This test will most likely be provided by the course you choose; however, you also have the option to take the test at the drivers license office.
  5. Now that the requirements for the permit are complete, it is time to gather your paperwork and head to the drivers license office.  The list includes:
    1. DE-964
    2. DL-90A
    3. Other stuff
  6. Acquiring the learner’s permit means you are now eligible to begin the second module of the classroom work , along with the “Behind-The-Wheel” lessons that correspond with what the child has just learned.  It is also possible for you to follow the block method of learning. This requires completion of the full classroom before beginning any hands-on work.
  7. At this point, you will continue following your course’s design until you have completed all of your lessons.  There will be course content, worksheets, and quizzes throughout that must be completed to move on to the final exam.
  8. The final written exam is solely based on the classroom work.  Even if the driving has not been finalized, the final exam can still be taken.

Going Down To The DPS

  1. Completion of the final exam with a passing grade means the end of your classroom requirements.  Once the driving lessons and experience hours have been completed and logged, the 6 month permit requirement has been met, and the student is 16 years old, you are ready for the drivers license office.
  2. Here is what you will need for your DPS visit:
    1. DE-964
    2. Completion Certificate
    3. DL-90a
    4. DL-14a
    5. Learners Permit Progress Report
    6. 2 Forms of ID


What is my role as the online parent-taught driving instructor?

If you have chosen to do online parent taught for your drivers ed, then your role is very simple.  The online course that you have chosen should, if a quality course, take you and your student through the 32 hours of classroom, leaving your role as the parent to merely monitor and sign off that your student has completed all of the course requirements.  From this point, you will be tasked with the role of in-car instructor.

The in-car instructor has the job of teaching the student 7 hours of In-Car lessons, 7 hours of Behind-The-Wheel training, and an additional 30 hours of experience driving, of which 10 hours will be done at nighttime.  If you have purchased a quality course, this process should already be structured for you, just follow your course prompts. Completion of the course brings you to the final stage.

You will head off to the Texas drivers license office with the forms provided to you through your course.  Once you have signed off on the student’s paperwork and turned them in through the proper channels, your role as the parent-taught instructor is complete. You will wait at the drivers license office while your student takes their final driving test to receive their license.

What if I prefer someone else to teach behind-the-wheel?

This option is now available to parents who feel they may not be the best person to teach their child, but they still want the flexibility of online learning.  A new law allows for a person over the age of 25 and with a valid driver license to teach a 15 year old their driving portion. This means that a sister, a brother, cousin or even a good friend may be the right person to trust your child with during the learning portion of the Behind-The-Wheel (BTW)  instruction phase. Of course, there is always the commercial driving professionals that in most cases, work directly with online providers to offer the 32-hours of classroom and then they will provide the in-car training portion. alternative industry entirely for those who don’t feel comfortable doing the BTW themselves.

The divide between parent-taught and commercial drivers ed existed for over a decade. This was until there began to be a merger of the two industries. Now there is a very simple way to achieve the flexibility of online drivers ed while still being given an alternative route for the BTW instruction, the online commercial school hybrid.  Hybrid courses have achieved this blending of preferences. providing further affordability and flexibility when choosing drivers education.

How long does it take to get my Texas drivers license?

This question can be answered in two ways:

Technical answer:

  1. 6 Hours of classroom are required to receive the permit.
  2. 26 Hours of post-permit classroom to receive the completion certificate.
  3. 14 Hours of Behind-The-Wheel training.
  4. 30 Hours of experience driving (10 of which are at night).
  5. There are 76 total hours that must be completed to receive the Texas drivers license.
  6. The state of Texas limits all hours above to 2 hours a day.

This means that the technical answer to this question is 38 days.

The reality is that many students and parents tend to have other life priorities take precedence.  The main reason someone takes online drivers ed is to create flexibility in their life. No one wants driver education running their schedule.  That’s just part of it, life happens. So here is what you really need to know.

  1. It takes 3 days minimum to complete enough of the course to be eligible for the learner’s permit.
  2. The permit must be held for at least 6 months and until the student is 16 years old.

This means that all students must wait at least 6 months before they can even receive their Texas drivers license.  There are 35 days of curriculum to spread throughout that 6-12 month(s) in whatever schedule fits your needs.

Do I have to keep track of anything?

Again, our answer to this depends on if you have purchased a quality course that does the work for you.  Either way it is still good to know what is expected of you at the drivers license office. Here are a couple of lists of requirements needed for Texas drivers license office:

  1. Texas Permit License Checklist
    1. List
  2. Drivers License Checklist
    1. List

What is the difference between concurrent and block?

How much of the classroom work would you like your student to have finished before driving?  That is the question to ask yourself in order to know which method works best for you.

  • The Concurrent method of online drivers ed is setup to allow the behind-the-wheel portion of the course to begin immediately after the student receives their learner’s permit.
  • The Block method is setup so that the student has completed their full 32 hours of classroom before starting the behind-the-wheel hours.

Does my child need insurance?

The parent is able to use their own vehicle insurance while the student holds the permit.   This is as long as the student is still a student and does not yet have their license. Once an individual obtains a license, they are required to provide their own liability insurance under their own name.

How does online compare to commercial classroom?

The first thing that comes to mind is how involved must a parent be in their child’s drivers ed process.  The idea of a commercial driving school is to allow a professional to take on the responsibilities of providing your child what is needed to be a safe driver.  What most parents in Texas don’t know is that the majority of the driving, no matter the method, must still be carried out by the student’s primary guardian. This means that out of the 44 hours of driving expected from the student, 30 of those hours are still being administered by, most likely, the parent.

The myth that commercial drivers ed classrooms are all encompassing, removing the parent from responsibility over their student’s driving experience are just that, a myth. Online drivers ed, whether it be parent-taught or commercial, provides the parent an ability to achieve the same peace of mind in professionals to the same extent achieved through the commercial classroom route alone.  The introduction of hybrid online commercial schools has helped to bridge the gap created by these two industry.

How do I teach online driver education?

This process can be as simple as pushing a next button. It also can be as difficult as spending days organizing and collecting state information to compile a comprehensive educational curriculum.  The reason online drivers ed has grown at such a substantial rate is the every growing convenience that it provides. The driver education process in Texas is just that, a process, which means there is a step by step experience that your course should, with simplicity and ease, manage to get you through without ever having to ask this question.  If your online driver’s education program doesn’t provide you this peace of mind, then question the quality of your product.


What is my role?

Your role as a student is to get excited!  You are moving ever closer to the day when the freedom of setting out on a drive alone has arrived. However, this freedom comes with the expectation of you proving your ability to handle such a responsibility.  In order to accomplish that task, you must complete the classroom and Behind-The-Wheel requirements of the state of Texas, followed by examinations of both your knowledge acquired in the classroom, as well as testing of your hands-on driving abilities.

When taking a quality online drivers ed program, you should be able to fulfill your role as a student by simply following the steps provided to you within your course to accomplish these tasks. Anything short of that is expecting too much out of you as a student. Your role is to be a student and learn.

What do I do if I started my course before receiving my PTDE Packet?

The Texas Parent-Taught Drivers Education (PTDE) packet is the acknowledgement from the state that the parent who submitted for approval has been approved.  Once the state has processed your (DL-92) request, they send you the PTDE packet, while also providing the DPS system the same information. This means that the drivers license office cannot accept any logged parent taught hours until the date of approval (ie. the day you received the packet).  Any hours logged prior to the date that you receive your PTDE packet will not be accepted by the state.

Most online drivers ed courses allow the student to revisit course work they have already completed, while the freedom and accessibility to record hours completed as the parent observes them,  allows for you to easily make the necessary adjustments to your course schedule as you see fit.

How long until I can drive with a parent?

This answer may very, depending on your answer to the following question:

Have you already submitted (DL-92) for and received the Texas PTDE Packet?

If Yes:  You may start your first 6 classroom hours at this point.  You are limited to 2 hours of classwork a day; therefore, you will be eligible to get your learner’s permit in 3 days.

If No:  The Parent-Taught approval process in Texas can take 3-4 weeks, depending on whether you ask for email confirmation.  Requesting email confirmation can bump this process to roughly a week. Once the PTDE packet is received, you will have a minimum of 3 days before being eligible for the learner’s permit.

How long until I can get my Texas drivers license?

Simply put, 6-12 months, depending on if you are under the age of 18 years old.  No matter how you break down your coursework, you are still required to hold your permit for at least 6 months after receiving your learner’s permit.  You must also be 16 years of age unless you qualify for a hardship license. Apply by filing the state form DL-77.

What kind of driving restrictions will I have?

Driving restrictions for Texas drivers can range, depending on the circumstances.  These can range from simply being required to operate a vehicle only when wearing corrective lenses, to being limited on types of vehicles you are allowed to drive.  For a more detailed glimpse at what can make up driving restrictions, please check out the state of Texas’ Drivers License Endorsements and Restrictions.

Would I qualify to get my license early?

In order to answer this question, you would first need to answer one of the following questions with a “Yes”:

  • An unusual economic hardship on the family of the minor.
  • A death-related emergency.
  • Sickness or illness or disability of family members. (PHYSICIAN’S STATEMENT REQUIRED)
  • Enrollment in a Vocational Education Program. (CERTIFICATION FROM SCHOOL REQUIRED)

If you meet any of these scenarios and would like to apply to the state, Please download the DL-77.

Are there any additional helpful tools?

Repetition and challenging yourself are the most promising ways to ensure the confidence needed to succeed.  Practice tests provide an excellent opportunity to not only test what you have learned, but also become familiar with the type of questions you might see on the final examination. Additionally, in-car video tips can help prepare the parent in understanding the style and flow of how most parents conduct their behind-the-wheel training.

If you would like more details on our supplemental training options, please check out the links below.

What if i’m about to turn 18?

In the state of Texas, there are separate requirements for those trying to get their license while between the ages of 14 and 17, and those ages 18-24.  If you are approaching the age of 18 and have already started an online teen driving course, then you must complete the course and receive your certificate before your birthday; Otherwise, you will be required to purchase and complete an approved adult course, of which the certificate only qualifies those over the age of 18 to receive their license.


How many tests have to be taken?

There are 3 major examinations that make up the drivers education process.  The first tests the student understanding of the beginning 6 hours of curriculum in order to obtain the learner’s permit.  Second comes the final classroom examination administered once all 32 hours of classroom study has been completed. Finally, there is the in-car examination carried out with a DPS official at the time of acquiring the Texas license.  Classroom examinations can be taken at the drivers license. However, most online courses in Texas provide their students the classroom exams through the online course itself.

Can the DPS learners and license test be taken through the course?

Yes, both classroom exams are available to take through the online course itself.  Completion of these exams with a passing grade provides you with the proper state verification of exam completion.  This means that your final test can be taken anywhere you find to be a comfortable environment.

Are the tests timed?

No, all aspects of online drivers ed are designed to create stress free and comfortable environments for learning, as well as testing.  Forcing time restraints on something as crucial as final examinations would not provide that crucial element of peace while completing each step of your education.

Where Do We Go To Get The License?

You will visit the Texas Department of Public Safety once you are ready for either the permit or license.  The Texas DPS manages the license given out to each new driver.  It is not a requirement to go to the DPS of your resident county in order to complete the drivers license process.  Check out our Texas DPS information page to find out more about the department and locations.


How long does it take to receive my Texas drivers license certificate?

This process should be instant, if not at least same day delivery.  The state of Texas changed the requirements for drivers ed certification to be hard copy.  This began allowing for digital copies to be used, the long waiting game came to an end.  Now, your course should be able to provide you with immediate satisfaction once your final test has been completed with a passing grade.

How do I receive my drivers ed certificate of completion?

The certificate of completion should be a digital copy that becomes available once the final examination has been completed.  Just as with the rest of your course, the step by step layout of your course will prompt you on when and how to receive the certificate.  Now, choose to print the certificate or find out whether your local DPS office will accept an emailed copy.

How long is my teen drivers license certificate valid?

The teen certificate is valid until the student reaches the age of 19 years old.  The certificate you receive for completing the Texas parent-taught driver education course verifies that you have finished all license requirements for the age group of 15-17 years old.  If you turn 18 prior to receiving the teen certificate, then you must begin a new course specific to 18-24 years of age. However, if you receive the teen certificate prior to turning 18 years old, then the state recognizes that certificate until you have reached the age of 19 and are no longer eligible.  This can run into complications at time so be careful. The provisional license expires on the student’s 18th birthday, meaning you are ineligible to continue your practice at that time.

Do I need more than one copy of my drivers license certificate?

Yes.  Not only is it a good idea to have a spare copy of your certificate for your sake, but there is also the likelihood that your insurance will ask for a copy in order to qualify you for their teen driver discount.  Cost should not be an issue considering your certificate is printable; leaving you free to print as many copies as you might need.

Drivers License Renewal

Where can I go to for my drivers license renewal?

There are two ways in which you can get your drivers license renewal.

  1. The first is going to be the good ol fashioned way.  Find the location of your closest DPS and give it a visit.  Maybe you’re getting your license for the first time. You might even be trying get a drivers license renewal.  If this is the case then you’ll likely be using this option.
  2. The more convenient option when renewing your license is to just visit the State DPS Website on Renewals.  Here you will find a simple step-by-step process that can help you get a new license, fast and easy.  Thank you state of Texas.

How long until my drivers license renewal?

This question can be a bit tricky, so let’s see if we can straighten it up for you.  The circumstance that truly defines this question is your age.


All drivers under the age of 18 years old must renew their license every birthday until they are 18 years old.


All drivers between the ages of 18 and 84 are subject to a 6 year license term.  That term is based on the drivers birthday within the issuance year.  This means if you renew your license two weeks later than your birthday, the license term is 6 years minus one week.  There is also the likelihood that drivers at the age of 21 will voluntarily renew their license early.  One restriction that will stay on your license in Texas until you are 21 is the underage identifier.  This tends to bother some who are no longer underage, leading them to get their license renewed on their own.


Drivers 85 years of age or older are subject to a shorter expiration period on their license.  Once a driver hits the age of 85, they are expected to renew their license every 2 years.

What do I need for a drivers license renewal in Texas?

Here is a list of things you will need when renewing your license at the DPS.

  1. Your current driver license or identification card (the one you are renewing);
  2. A printer to print your temporary driver license and payment receipt if you renew online. A temporary receipt will not be emailed to you. No receipt will be issued when renewing by phone;
  3. A valid credit card: MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express only; and
  4. The last four digits of your Social Security Number.

For more information regarding the Texas DPS License Renewal requirements, please Click Here!

If I am from out of state, how long until I need a drivers license renewal?

The state of Texas recognizes reciprocity.

This means having a valid, non expired license from any recognized sovereign location grants you one year of driving status.   This year of expiration only ends early if you obtain citizenship within that year.  In that case, you must complete the entire driver license process to receive your Texas license upon citizenship.  For more information regarding the state of Texas and out of state licenses, please visit the DPS Wepsite.

Do I need a drivers license renewal to get my Class A CDL?

If your current Texas license is valid, then the answer is no.  All you would need to do in this case is:

Study to take the written exams at the DPS office

There are a range of endorsements that can apply to a range of vehicles.  When preparing to take your written exams for the CDL license, you must first figure this part out.  If you are looking for a solid training course that gives you the basic options for those driving an 18 wheeler, please check out our Class A Basic Training.  If you are looking to find a more flexible package that can suit your specific needs, please check out CDL2Go.

Take the written exams at the DPS office

These exams can range from 20 to 60 questions, depending on the section.  Make sure to be ready when you go down to take these exams.  You will have 90 days from the first test taken to complete the entire CDL process.  If you can take them all in one day, that is awesome.  We recommend to most that they try and spread them out within a single week.  Once these written exams are complete, you will receive your CLP.

Receive your CLP (Commercial Learner’s Permit)

After completion of the written endorsement exams for the CDL at the DPS, you will receive your CLP.  This will give you the ability to drive a commercial vehicle that qualifies based on your endorsement restrictions.  A certified CDL holder must be present during the training for a CLP holder to operate the vehicle.  This permit license must be held for 14 days before the licensee can attempt the skills test.

Schedule a skills (Driving) test with the DPS

Once the CLP has been held for 14 days, the licensee may schedule and take the driving portion of the license examination.

Take your final DPS examination

Arrival at the DPS will first require that you turn in your medical examination paperwork if you haven’t already.  You must provide your own vehicle that meets the requirements of the vehicle you are applying to drive.  The instructor will provide a driving examination that covers all areas of the vehicle.  These will range from pre-trip inspections to parallel parking.  This is the final step to receiving your Commercial Drivers License.  It’s all professional driving from here on out.

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