Drivers Education Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know for sure if your Texas online driver education course meets all of Texas's TDLR' driver education classroom requirements?

The internet Texas drivers ed course offered by GetDefensive's partner,, is 100%-approved by the Texas TDLR and meets the classroom portion of Texas's drivers education requirements. Their Texas Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation School number is #111.

I have friends who have taken their Texas driver education in a classroom. Is there a difference between taking driver's ed online instead of in an actual classroom?

Texas's TDLR gives you the option of taking your state-mandated driver education in a traditional, brick-and-mortar classroom setting or online with your parent serving as your instructor. Online courses are referred to as P.T.D.E., or "Parent Taught Driver Education". Since you probably already spend a good amount of your waking hours in classrooms as it is, you may want to ask yourself if you really want to spend 30 hours in a classroom at a scheduled time that may not fit into you and your parent's busy schedules when you can take your driver's education from your home computer at a time and pace that's convenient for both you and your parent?

How long does it typically take for me to receive my certificate of completion after I am finished with the online Texas drivers ed online course?

After you successfully complete the Texas internet drivers ed course, your certificate of completion shall be shipped directly to you per the the shipping method you opted for during enrollment. You will need to take it to the Texas TDLR driver's license center in your area when you go to take your written Texas learner's permit exam.

Can I take a few breaks while I'm working on the Texas internet drivers ed course? Can I stop in the middle of your online drivers education course and later resume from where I left off?

You and your parent-instructor are free to take as many breaks as you would like when you take's Texas driver's ed course. automatically saves your work as you go along. All you have to do is log out whenever you wish to take a break. When you log back in, even if it's days later, you can resume working right from where you left off!

How long is the Texas online drivers ed course

To meet Texas TDLR requirements, you are required to spend 32 hours of "classroom" driver education and at least 34 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction. This includes 7 hours of in-car observation, 7 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, with an additional 20 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and practice (at least 10 of which must be completed at night). This Texas drivers ed course is a "concurrent program," meaning you must complete BOTH in-class and behind-the-wheel training modules in order to pass.

What age do I have to be before I can apply for my Texas learner's permit?

Texas law requires that you must be at least 15 years old and currently taking a state-approved driver's education course like the one offered by before applying for a TX learner's permit (aka--a Texas instruction permit). You will need to have finished Module 1 of's parent-taught Texas online driver education course, before you can get a Texas learner permit.

If I fail to pass the online Texas drivers education course's final exam on my first attempt am I allowed to re-take it?

Of course! You may re-take the Texas drivers ed program final exam as many times as you need to in order for you to pass it.

Am I required to use the same computer for the entire Texas computer-based drivers ed course, or can I take the Texas online drivers education course from multiple computers?

With, you have the option of taking the online Texas drivers ed course from any computer that is hooked up to the internet. So, for example, you can start the course at home and finish it up later at your aunt and uncle's house! It's entirely your choice

Do I need to pay for before I begin the Texas online drivers ed course, or am I allowed to pay later on after I've finished the course

Unlike our competitors, with, you can actually take the entire Texas a drivers ed course up to the final exam before you pay one single penny! If you find that's online course does not meet your expectations for whatever reason, you do not have to pay! If you paid us in advance, you may request a full refund any time before issues your completion certificate.

Do the chapter quizzes count towards my overall score?

No. The end-of-chapter quizzes are intended to help you get ready for the final exam. The chapter quizzes will not affect your final course score.