Do I Have to Take Drivers Ed to Get a License in Texas?

If you’re like us, the first and second time you read the state’s Drivers Ed requirements, your head spun a little. In order to make all of our lives easier, the Aceable team went to work to clear it up for you. Here’s the lay of the land when it comes to getting your license in Texas.

1) Do you have to take drivers ed?

  • 14-18 years old: Texas requires everyone (men, ladies, and robots) under 18 to take a state-approved drivers education course and attain a Texas Driver Education Certificate (DE-964) in order to get their license.
  • 18-24 years old: You have the option of taking the 6-hour Adult Drivers Education Course.
  • 25 and up: Taking a drivers education course is optional, but encouraged. Keep in mind it’ll teach you valuable information and can earn you sweet insurance discounts.

2) Can you just buy a book?

No, you can’t just teach yourself this information. We know you’re smart enough to do it, but taking a course is a sure fire way to learn what you need to know to be safe on the roads. And most importantly, the state requires you to take a course so there’s no arguing with that.

3) Do you need an instructor?

Yes, but you get to choose your instructor. If you choose to, you can sit in an actual classroom with a real life teacher. Or, you can take an online course with a virtual instructor. Even better? Ace the Robot (and unlimited real-time access to the Aceable team – we love chatting) can guide you through drivers education with hilarious memes and animations. See below.


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4) What about actually driving?

If you are under 18, you are required to complete 44 hours of in-car practice. If you take Aceable, you can begin driving with a parent or guardian as soon as you finish Level 1 (the first 6 hours) and get your permit. If you use a driving school, you must finish the course before you begin the in-car training. Adult driver education courses typically do not require in-car practice.

Hopefully this clears up all the ambiguous legalese in the state’s requirements. If there is anything else that is unclear, chat with an Ace on this site or shoot an email to We’re happy to answer any of your questions, even if you aren’t an Aceable customer.

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