1) Order your Parent Taught Drivers Ed (PTDE) Packet
You can order the PTDE packet online from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). There’s a processing fee of $20 and you can pay with a credit or debit card.
The packet will have forms and logs you’ll need to fill out in order to get your permit and license. Don’t forget this step! You cannot get your permit or license if you don’t have your packet.
When you order the packet online you can also see the requirements for the parent instructor. Make sure the parent instructor meets all the requirements listed!
When you submit your form online, the TDLR will send a PTDE packet back to you – by mail or by email, whichever you choose. If you choose to receive the packet by mail, it will take about 2-3 weeks for it to be delivered. If you choose to receive the packet by email, it should take a couple of business days.
2) Get Aceable and Finish Level 1
There are tons of drivers ed programs out there, but we’ll make the choice easy for you. Aceable is DPS-approved Parent Taught Drivers Ed course #116. Not only are we the only state-approved drivers ed app, we’re also the only parent taught drivers ed course in Texas approved to offer the TDLR written test right inside of our course.
Can’t wait to get started? You can take our course on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, your Android phone or tablet, and on the computer. Start on one device, pick up where you left off on another one. You can use a credit card when you purchase Aceable — we’re so progressive..
Now that you’ve downloaded or signed up, get started on Level 1.
The first level gives you the rundown on everything driving related. It takes six hours and preps you to get behind the wheel. You’ll take the actual DPS permit test right inside our course without having to be at the DPS. Once you’ve completed it, we’ll email you a certificate within three business days. You’re ready to apply for your learner’s license! Woo hoo!
3) Get your learner license at the DPS (bring yo forms…)
Visiting the DPS is not our favorite activity, but with Aceable’s app you can study drivers ed while waiting in line. Bonus points for hilarious SnapChats and Instagram posts (#aceable). Take extra caution to bring all the forms you need.
P.S. – You DO need your social security card (no copies, originals only). Don’t forget it!
4) Complete the remainder of the course and the in-car practice requirement
This part will be a breeze! You finish up Aceable’s app and drive 44 hours with your Mom or Dad. We think this probably calls for a good trip to the nearest beach. Am I right?
5) Complete the Impact Texas Teen Drivers Program
Whaaaat? You’re telling me there’s more? Starting on September 1, 2015, any student who takes their driving exam on or after that date must complete the Impact Texas Teen Drivers program (ITTD). It’s a 2-hour video course provided free of charge on the DPS website. Get it done less than 90 days (about 3 months) before you take your driving exam!
6) Get your provisional license at the DPS
Again with the DPS. But, this time you’re legit and you already know what to expect. Reference the list of forms again to make sure you have everything they want from you. You’ll pass the driving portion of your exam (schedule it here) and they’ll give you a paper license until your lovely little plastic piece of freedom comes in the mail.
7) Go drive. Freedom. Yipppie.
You’ve made it! What is the first thing you’re going to do with your fresh freedom? Make it epic and tag us @aceable on Instagram.