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Texas Drivers Ed - Course 102

Our systematic and progressive approach utilizes the latest trends in Texas Drivers Ed. The program is available in multiple formats: text, interactive CD-Rom, or internet.

The curriculum is built in seven levels. Texas Drivers Ed with Help for the Teenager Who Wants to Driver contains two parts. Part one is classroom and part two is driving. The student must pass the classroom and driving activities at each level before graduating to the next level. Our Texas Drivers Ed Online Program is easy to follow and allows students to practice and retain what they have learned.

For your convenience, you only have to send in coursework at the completion of all seven levels. Send us your evaluations and logs for review; books and CDs are yours to keep.

We have added over 25 full length modern videos to our Texas Drivers Education online video library. All packages include access to this extensive video collection. No other Texas Drivers Ed Program can compare.

Understanding Car Crashes is one of many example of the types of videos included in our program.


Part 1: Drivers Ed Discovery Group

The discovery group in each level begins at home with reading material provided in the student manual. Once the student has read the material, he will take a written test provided in the Texas driver education manual or online program.

In addition to the reading material, the student will accrue class hours by participating in "additional activities." These projects, such as tire rotation, oil changes, current events research, etc., give the student "hands on" experience and make the Texas Drivers Ed discovery group learning more practical and less theoretical. We are constantly updating our video library. Each level will require the student to watch videos that are associated to that particular level. Young Drivers and Understanding Car Crashes are both examples of the quality of films that we have to offer.

The student must complete a minimum of 30 hours of driver education, and achieve a score of 90% or more to qualify for our completion certificate. No exceptions.

Part 2: Behind-the-Wheel

Phase two of each level is driving. Your student will gradually increase in skill, experience, and driving maturity while progressing from one level to the next. Each level directs you step-by-step through a progressive and systematic process of Texas Drivers Ed.

We also include "Things to Emphasize" and "Things to Watch For." These sections in the parent's manual help you to identify when your teenager is likely to be nervous, inattentive, or overconfident and prepare you to handle the situation. Our Texas Drivers Ed driving evaluation sheets allow you to objectively assess your student's performance.

Performance based evaluation equips you, the parent, to confidently graduate your teen from one level to the next. You and your teen will know when to progress forward. You will be surprised and excited as you witness your teen's maturity, skill, experience, and progress.

Statistics have proven the value of ensuring your teen has spent enough time training. Our driving logs give you a simple form to record all of the information you need while tracking your teen's training.


Texas GDL

What is GDL? Graduated Driver Licensing is a system for phasing in on-road driving, allowing beginners to get their initial experience under conditions that involve lower risk and introducing them in stages to more complex driving situations.

HammertimeWhat is Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)? Essentially an apprentice system, graduated licensing involves three stages. the first is a supervised learner's period, lasting a minimum of 6 months in optimal systems, then an intermediate licensing phase that permits unsupervised driving only in less risky situations, and finally a full-privilege license becomes available when conditions of the first two stages have been met.

Within this framework, substantial variation is possible in terms of the provisions of the stages and their duration. This variation often has created difficulty for jurisdictions that are constructing a graduated system. Policymakers need to know what features their system should include and what the characteristics should be.



Texas Graduated Driver Licensing

The Texas Drivers Ed Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program was implemented as a result of Senate Bill 577.This law changed original licensing requirements for persons under age 18. GDL creates two phases of driving requirements for minors. The effective date of the law was January 1, 2002. Basic requirements for obtaining a license have not changed.
A person under age 18 must show proof of driver education, verification of current enrollment and attendance in school (or high school graduation or GED), proof of social security number, as well as proof of identification. TRC 521.204, 521.222 and 545.424

Phase One
Applicants under age 18 must hold an instruction permit or hardship license for a minimum of six months prior to issuance of a provisional Class A, B, or C driver license. In addition, the minimum age of the person who must accompany any instruction permit holder during the operation of the vehicle is 21 years of age. Except for hardship licenses, a minor is not eligible to graduate to Phase Two (provisional license) for a Class A, B, or C driver license until they have completed this phase and met all other current licensing and age requirements.
Under the GDL program, there is no minimum time that a person must hold a restricted motorcycle or moped license before they can apply for a Class M license. Phase One does not apply to Class M or Hardship license holders.

The instruction permit must remain valid during the mandatory six-month period to meet this regulation. If an instruction permit is suspended/revoked during this period, upon the completion of the suspension period, the remaining six-month period must be completed to meet the GDL Phase One requirement.

House Bill 1032 passed during the 78th Legislative Session, extended the expiration date of instruction permits. Effective January 26, 2004, the expiration date for instruction permits is computed to the second birth date from the date of application.

Once the applicant has held a valid instruction permit or hardship license for a minimum of six months, has reached the age of 16 for a Class C license (17 years of age for a Class A or B non-CDL), and has completed both the classroom and laboratory (driving) portions of driver education, they are eligible to "graduate" to Phase Two.

Phase Two
Phase Two restricts the driving privileges of persons under 18 years of age during the six-month period following the issuance of an original Class A, B, or C driver license (Provisional License). These persons may not operate a motor vehicle with more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21 who is not a family member. They may not operate a motor vehicle between midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the operator to attend or participate in employment or a school-related activity or because of a medical emergency. In addition, they may not operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communication device.

Under Phase Two, a person under 17 years of age who holds a restricted motorcycle license or moped license, during the six-month period following the issuance of an original motorcycle license or moped license, may not operate a motorcycle or moped between midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless the person is in sight of the person's parent or guardian or the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the operator to attend or participate in employment or a school-related activity or because of a medical emergency.

The license restriction will state, "TRC 545.424 applies until MM DD YY" and will indicate the date in which the second phase of the graduated driver license expires for the person who holds that license. Upon completion of the six-month period, the above time and/or passenger restrictions no longer apply. The licensee may wish to apply for a duplicate license at a driver license office to remove this restriction. A fee is required to obtain a duplicate license. If not, this restriction will be removed at the time the applicant renews the license on their next birthday, provided the Phase Two six-month time has lapsed.

Provisional Driver License
All original licenses, other than an instruction permit, issued to persons under 18 years of age will be marked "Provisional." The license will be vertical and will be dated to expire on the applicant's 18th birthday or next birthday occurring after the date of issuance. A fee is required to obtain this license. The renewal fee is required for each one year of renewal period. No renewal notice will be sent as it is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain a verification of enrollment and attendance from their school. If the instruction permit or driver license is not due for renewal, a fee is required for a duplicate instruction permit or duplicate license (i.e.: lost license, change of address, removal of GDL restrictions).

Transferring License from Out-of-State
Applicants under the age of 18 applying for a first-time Texas driver license and presenting either a valid out-of-state instruction permit or driver license must present proof of completion of driver education and verification of current enrollment and attendance in school (or high school diploma or GED), proof of identity, proof of social security number, and proof of liability and Texas registration if they own a motor vehicle for which proof of financial responsibility is required.

If the person has not graduated from high school or obtained their GED, verification of attendance in a school out-of-state may be shown by presenting a letter from the school principal on school stationary or letterhead stating that the student attended school and met the minimum attendance for class credit (at least 80 days) in each class they were enrolled in the fall or spring semester immediately preceding the current semester and were currently enrolled until transfer to Texas. They must also be currently enrolled in school.

If an applicant is currently enrolled in school in Texas, the Texas school may certify to the current enrollment. The Texas Drivers Ed school may also certify to the attendance, provided they have a record from the applicant's previous school that reflects that the person attended the minimum required days in the previous fall or spring semester.

Applicants 15 years of age presenting an out-of-state instruction permit will be issued a Texas instruction permit which must be held for six months from the date of issuance before becoming eligible for Phase Two.

Applicants at least 16 years of age and less than 18 years of age who present a valid out-of-state instruction permit or out-of-state driver license and proof of completion of a Texas Drivers Ed course will be issued a Phase Two provisional GDL with passenger and time restrictions for the first six months of operation of a motor vehicle in Texas.

There are forty-six states and District of Columbia which have some form of graduated driver license system enacted.


Texas Drivers Ed

Texas implemented a Parent Taught Driver Education Program on April 1, 1997. The Texas Drivers Ed Program requires students to acquire the essential knowledge, skills and experience to perform reduced-risk practices in the total traffic environment. To achieve this goal, students are required to master the following elements: applicable Texas traffic laws, rules and procedures for operating and owning an automobile; benefits of occupant protections, use of a space management systems; factors and behaviors that effect driver performance including alcohol and other drugs; and protection of Texas natural resources, including litter prevention.

The Texas Drivers Ed Program is available to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17. However, before the instructor (parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian) begins teaching this course, the instructor must have a valid TEXAS driver license for the preceding three years. Active US military personnel and their spouse may participate as instructors if they hold a valid license from their state of permanent residence or last duty station for the preceding three years. Find a Texas Drivers Ed School near you.

The instructor cannot have a conviction (including a probated sentence) of criminally negligent homicide or driving while intoxicated. The instructor's license may not be suspended, revoked, or forfeited in the past three years for traffic related violations. Furthermore, the instructor may not be disabled due to mental illness. Questions as to mental stability will be forwarded to the Medical Advisory Board for determination.

It is the responsibility of the instructor to check both their criminal and driver records prior to requesting the packet. The Department will not check the instructor's record until issuance of the instruction permit or provisional driver license to the student. If at that time it is determined that the instructor has a prohibited conviction the instruction permit or provisional driver license will be denied and all prior classroom or behind the wheel/in car instruction credit is invalid.

In order to apply for a Texas Drivers Ed Program, you must complete the DL-92 - Request Form and submit with a $20.00 non-refundable fee (check or money order only) to: Texas Department of Public Safety, License Issuance Bureau, P.O. Box 149246, Austin, Texas 78714-9246. Find a Texas Department of Public Safety near you.

An additional Request Form and $20.00 non--refundable fee are required for each student who will be participating in the Parent Taught Driver Education Program. Please allow 2 - 3 weeks for delivery. The Request Form must be completely filled out with original signatures or the process will be delayed. Upon receipt of your Request Form, a DE-964 Certificate will be assigned to the student and forwarded to the designated Driver License Office where the student will apply for the license and take the required tests. The DE-964 Certificate will be maintained and available at the designated Driver License office for the instructor to complete. The Texas Drivers Ed packet will be mailed to the instructor's address. THE STATE ADOPTED TEXTBOOKS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED.

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