The Answers You Need
WHAT DRIVER EDUCATION COURSES ARE PROVIDED BY ADA?
IS ADA ACCREDITED AND IF SO, BY WHAT AGENCY?
ADA is accredited by Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
ARE ADA INSTRUCTORS LICENSED?
ADA instructors are professionals licensed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
WHO IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE BEFORE RECEIVING A DRIVER LICENSE?
Any person who is age 14 to under 25 must complete a driver education course.
HOW LONG IS THE TEEN EDUCATION COURSE?
The classroom phase of a driver education course is at least 32 hours which cannot be completed in less than 16 days. The in-car phase consists of 7 hours of behind-the-wheel driving, 7 hours of in-car observation, and an additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving - of which 10 hours must be done at night.
The additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving will be monitored by the parent or guardian and are not required to be provided by a licensed driver education school. However, the hours must be completed in the presence of an adult who holds a valid license, is 21 or older, has at least one year of driving experience, and occupies the seat next to the driver.
WHEN CAN I OBTAIN MY LEARNER LICENSE?
A student must be 15 years of age;
Completed the first 6 hours of driver education; and
Has received a Texas driver education certificate of completion (DE-964)
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE TO COMPLETE A TEEN DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE?
Usually between six months to one year.
WHEN CAN I OBTAIN MY PROVISIONAL LICENSE?
Once the student has held the learner license for at least 6 months, is 16 years old or older, and has completed all driver education hours (32 classroom and 44 driving hours), the student may then take the driving exam. Upon successful completion of the driving exam, the student will then be issued a driver license by DPS.
Note: student who gets the learner license at or on his or her 15th birthday must wait until turning 16 years old to take the driving exam.
WHO CAN TAKE THE ADULT DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE?
Any person who is age 18 and over.
HOW LONG IS THE ADULT DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE?
This is a 6-hour classroom instruction course.
CAN A PERSON AGE 18 AND OVER COMPLETE THE TEEN DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE (32 HOURS OF CLASSROOM, 7 HOURS BEHIND-THE-WHEEL, 7 HOURS OBSERVATION)?
Yes, the Teen driver education course is for anyone who is 14 and over.
DOES ADA OFFER ONLINE DRIVING COURSES?
Yes. We offer Teen, Adult, and Defensive Driving Online through our valued partnership with Aceable.
DOES ADA OFFER EXTRA DRIVING LESSONS IF NEEDED?
Yes. If needed, Extra Driving Lessons will be recommended to the student.
IF I AM ABSENT FROM A LICENSED DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE, MAY I GET AN EXCUSED ABSENCE FOR THE CLASSES I MISSED?
No. To obtain a Texas driver license, all driver education hours in both the classroom and in-car must be attended or made up. Therefore, all absences must be made up no matter if the absence is excused or unexcused.
MY TEEN DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AND HAS BEEN TOLD THAT THEY CANNOT GET A DRIVER LICENSE UNTIL THEY ARE 18. IS THAT TRUE?
Yes. A Texas law was passed in 1989, requiring persons under 18 to be enrolled and attending school as a condition of licensing that person to operate a motor vehicle. There is an exception: if the person had a high school diploma or a GED, the driver license could be issued.
Proof of enrollment and attendance at a school is established by the "Verification and Enrollment of Attendance ("VOE") form which the student can obtain from his or her high school.
I RECENTLY COMPLETED A DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE. I’M STILL DRIVING ON MY PERMIT. DO I HAVE TO TAKE A DPS ROAD TEST?
Yes, any student submitting an application to DPS for a driver's license must take a DPS Road Test.
IF I START AT ONE DRIVER EDUCATION SCHOOL, AM I ALLOWED TO TRANSFER TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL?
Transfer of training that you've accomplished at one licensed driver education school can be transferred to another school, and you should also receive a partial refund of the tuition and fees not used (less an administration fee). An exception would occur if you have exceeded the timelines for classroom or behind-the-wheel training that were written on your contract with the first school. If that occurs, you may not be permitted to transfer, and you may have to start over again.
If you desire to transfer classroom credit from a licensed driver education school or public school to the TDLR Parent Taught Program with the goal of accomplishing the in-car portion of the course with your parent or guardian, you must complete the entire classroom portion before you can begin the driving portion. If you attempt to transfer only part of the classroom training from a licensed school to a Parent Taught Program or vice versa, you must start the classroom phase from the beginning.
With regard to transfers between public and licensed driver education schools, you are able to transfer the completed classroom activities from a public school to a licensed driver education school in order to complete your in-car training there. However, transfer of partial credit may be more difficult because of the difference in their programs; i.e., 56 hours of classroom requirements in the public school versus 32 hours of classroom requirements in the licensed driver education school.
I HAVE A COMPLAINT AGAINST A DRIVER EDUCATION SCHOOL OR AN INSTRUCTOR WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
Please file your complaint online using TDRL Online Complaint Process