Killeen Driving School
Proudly serving the Central Texas area

Teen Drivers Education


CLASS SCHEDULE

Class time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
December 9 - January 2, 2014
January 6 - January 30
February 3 - February 27
March 3 - March 27
March 31 - April 24
April 28 - May 22
May 26 - June 14
 


Class time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm               Class time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
June 16 - July 5                                June 10 - June 30
July 7 - July 26                                 July 1 - Jul 21
July 28 - August 16                           July 22 - August 12


Class time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
August 16 - September 11
September 15 - October 9
October 13 - November 6
November 10 - December 4
December 8 - January 1
January 5 - January29



This schedule is for in-class instruction only. 
All behind-the-wheel sessions are scheduled individually.

Course Information

Each student must satisfactorily complete 32 hours of classroom theory, 7 hours behind the wheel, and 7 hours of observation to graduate and receive a certificate. It should take 11 to 14 weeks to complete the entire course.

Fee for the Course:

The fee for driver’s education is $450. This can be paid in full at time of registration or pay $250 down and the remaining balance must be paid by the second Friday of the class. You may pay by cash, local check or money order.

Classroom Theory:

The class times are as follows: Monday - Thursday (4 weeks) and Monday - Friday (3 weeks).  Class is held 2 hours for 16 days. Call the school for additional information.

Supplies:

The student is required to bring black pen, paper and folder to class.

Attendance:

Each student is required to attend class during the specific times. Each absence must be made up. A student cannot miss more than 5 days of class without being dropped from the class.  A full hour of absence is charged to the student when they are 10 or more minutes late to class. Student must average 70% on all tests to pass the classroom phase.

Learner’s Permit:

After the student has been in theory class for 4 days, they will be given a certificate certifying enrollment in driver’s education.  The student will take this certificate (DE-964), an application, their birth certificate, social security card, attendance record from school, two documents verifying proof of residency and $16.00 to the Department Of Public Safety to take their written test.  Dept. of Public Safety: 302 Priest Drive, Killeen, Texas Phone (254) 634-1919.

Hours Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Wednesday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Behind the Wheel:

Each student will arrange driving appointments for driving and observation after the classroom theory part of the class ends and they have received their permit. The appointments will be made during the week or on weekends. Appointments will be for 2 hours (1 hour for driving and 1 hour for observation). It is the student’s responsibility to call to schedule their driving appointments on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It will take approximately 7 to 10 weeks once class ends. Once the student has agreed to the appointment, the time will be written on a schedule located in the lobby. The student is expected to be at the school to drive with their permit at the appointed time.  If the student needs to cancel, we must have at least 48 hours advance notice of cancellation or the student will be charged a NO SHOW FEE of $20.00.

Effective September 2, 2013 (HB 3483):
Teens will need to complete the current 14 hours of driving instruction from the driving school and an additional 30 hours from an individual who is at least 21 years of age, licensed with one year of driving experience, occupying the seat next to the driver, and who is monitored by a parent or guardian.  10 hours of the total 30 must be done at nighttime.  Parent logs will be turned in at the end of the permit time and before the final DE-964 is issued.  The new DE-964 will include places for two required signatures.  One is for the licensed instructor responsible for the 14 hours of behind-the-wheel observation.  The other is for the person responsible for ensuring the student completes the additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.

Certificate of Completion:

Each student that satisfactorily completes the course will be given three certificates; one is taken to the DPS when they turn 16 and have waited 6 months from the time they received their permit to get their driver’s license and the other two are given to the student’s insurance company for a 15% discount.

Fee for Duplicate of DE- 964, Insurance Sheet and Drug and Alcohol certificate: $20 each

FAQs about Teen Driver's Ed

Is a teenager required to complete a driver education course before receiving a driver's license?
Yes.  Texas law requires persons under 18 years of age to successfully complete a State-approved course in driver education before they are eligible to receive a driver's license.
 
How old do I have to be before I receive a Texas driver's license?
You must be at least 15 years of age to receive an instruction permit.  You must be at least 16 years of age to receive a provisional driver's license. 
 
When can my son or daughter receive an instruction permit license?
A student is not permitted to apply for an instruction permit until he/she is at least 15 years of age and has completed at least Module One (six instructional hours) of a driver education classroom program.  Application for an instruction permit license requires the student to pass a written examination administered by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and to meet all other DPS licensing requirements.
 
My son (age 16) has successfully completed a driver education course, but I don't want him to get his driver's license for at least another year.  Will he have to re-accomplish the course then?
No.  The course completion form (DE-964) will be proof that he successfully completed the course.
 
I am now 19 years old, and I completed my driver education course before I turned 19.  Do I have to take an in-car driving test at the DPS before receiving my driver's license?
Yes.  The DPS established the following policy that was effective on August 1, 1994: "The driving skills test will not be waived if the applicant is nineteen (19) years of age or older."  This means that regardless of when you completed your driver education course, all new drivers who are 19 or more years of age are required to pass an in-car driving test at the DPS in order to receive a driver's license. 
 
Is there a Graduated Driver's License (GDL) program in Texas?
Yes.  The GDL program went into effect in Texas on January 1, 2002.  It creates two phases of driving requirements for minors under 18.
 
What is this 6-month period that I have to wait before I can get my license?
There are actually two 6-month periods for licensure, and both are mandated by Texas law. The first six-month period occurs while a teen holds a learner's permit.  After the teen has held the permit for 6 months, is at least 16, and has passed the teen driver's education course, the teen can obtain a Provisional License which will allow him/her to drive without anyone else in the vehicle, but there are restrictions concerning the times of day when you can drive and who can be carried as passengers.  Those restrictions will be lifted after the teen has held the provisional license for the second 6-month period.  For more information, please visit the DPS webpage at: www.tea.state.tx.us/drive/index.html#dps and click the "Graduated Driver License" link.
 
I am a high school student, age 16, with a permit.  I heard that it is legal to drive directly to and from school alone even though my permit says that I have to drive with a person 21 years of age or older in the passenger's seat.  Is it legal for me to drive along to/from school?
No, it is definitely not legal.  A permit is a license that allows you to practice driving, but you must be accompanies by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age and has had at least one year driving experience and who is occupying the seat beside you.  You will be permitted to drive along after you receive your provisional driver's license.
 
My daughter will be visiting us in Texas this summer and she has a driver's permit from California that allows her to drive if an adult is in the front seat with her.  Can she drive on that permit in Texas?
Texas honors the licenses and instruction permits from all other states as long as an individual remains a visitor status and abides by the restrictions on the valid license or instruction permit.  However, if an individual chooses to become a resident of this state, he/she will be required to surrender the out-of-state driver's license or permit within 30-days of establishing residency.
 
My son already has his driver education permit.  Doesn't that mean he has completed the classroom phase?
Not necessarily.  A student is allowed to apply for an instruction permit after completing as few as only 6 hours of classroom, but he must successfully complete at least 32 hours of classroom to finish that phase.

How long is the teen driver's education course?
The classroom portion of the driver education course is at least 32 hours, which cannot be completed in less than 16 days.  The in-car portion of the course consists of 7 hours of driving plus 7 hours of in-car observation which cannot be completed in less than 6 days. 
 
If I am absent for a day or two from the classroom phase, may I get an excused absence and miss those classes?
No.  To obtain a Texas driver's license prior to the age of 18, all driver education hours in both the classroom and in-car must be attended or made-up. 
 
I heard that I can now miss one full week (10 hours) of driver education classroom sessions and make them up later.  Is that true?
Yes.  Effective April 21, 2005, the permissible number of missed hours increased from 8 to 10, and you can make up those 10 hours at a later date.
 
If I make-up the material that I missed from a classroom session, may I do it in less than the time it would have taken in the classroom?
No.  Both the material that you missed and the class time must be made-up.
 
Are there any restrictions on the number of hours of driver education training per day?
Yes.  Driver education training is limited to five hours per day no matter what combination of training is provided (classroom or in-car), with the exception of classroom make-up lesson.  Further, for each calendar day, a student shall be limited to a maximum of:
    (A) two hours of schedule classroom instruction
    (B) one hour of behind-the-wheel (BTW) instruction (note: On one day only per student, a two-hour BTW session may be conducted)
    (C) four hours of in-car observation
   
Is it true that there is a new law that makes it illegal for a new teenage driver to use a cell phone while driving?
Yes.  Senate Bill 1257 passed during the 79th Regular Session, and it specifies that effective September 1, 2005, a person under 18 years of age, during the six-month period following issuance of an original Class A, B, or C driver's license may not operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications devise. 
 
Is there a new law that requires persons younger than 25 to complete a driver safety course if he or she gets a ticket?
Yes.  Senate Bill 1005 was passed during the 79th Regular Session, and it amended Article 45.051, Code of Criminal Procedure concerning persons younger than 25 years of age who commit a moving traffic violation.  It specifies that, if penalty is deferred, the judge shall require the defendant to complete an approved driving safety course during the deferral period.  Additionally, if the defendant holds a provisional driver's license, he/she must complete a DPS road test (driving skills test) during the deferral period even if he/she previously completed the road test, and there is a $10 fee required for the examination.
 
My daughter has completed the first 6-hours of classroom training at a licensed driver education school, and they gave her a DE-964 form to take to the DPS to get her learner's permit.  What else do we need to take to the DPS for her to receive her permit?
The following list has been adapted from the checklist provided by the DPS for persons under 18 years of age who go to the DPS Driver's License Office for a permit:
  • Be a minimum of 15 years of age.
  • Present proof of identity (original birth certificate, Texas ID card, passport with U.S. Visa/resident alien card/citizenship papers) and Social Security card (no copies)
  • Present the Driver Education certificate (DE-964 Classroom provided by us).
  • Submit Verification of Attendance and Enrollment in school (provided by student's high school).
  • If you own a vehicle, you need to provide proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance.
  • Obtain your parent's or guardian's authorization signature (notarized)
  • Complete the required forms that are available at any Texas Driver License Office.
  • If coming from out-of-state, you must surrender your out-of-state Permit or License.
  • Pay the required fee.
  • Pass the written and vision examinations unless these were already been completed at the licensed driver education school you are attending.
  • The DPS office will take your photograph and a thumbprint; however, thumbprints are not included on the Permit.
When it's time for my teen to trade his permit for a provisionary driver's license, what do we need to take to the DPS Driver's License Office?
First, your son or daughter must be at least 16 years of age and have held a valid learner's permit for at least 6 months.  Then you will need the following:
  • Proof of Identity.
  • Valid Instruction Permit (The teen must be at least 16 and have held a VALID Instruction Permit for at least 6 months.)
  • Completed Driver Education certificate (DE-964 DPS Copy).
  • Verification of Attendance and Enrollment in school (VOE Form which is commonly known as the TEA form).
  • If you own a vehicle, you need to provide proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance.
  • Your parent's or guardian's authorization signature.
  • If coming from out-of-state, you must surrender your out-of-state Permit or License.
  • Money to pay the required fee.
If I pay the fee for a driver education course and attend all classroom hours and all in-car hours, am I guaranteed a license?
No.  Attendance is only one requirement of the driver education program.  Each student must demonstrate an acceptable level of content mastery of the instructional objectives for driver education.  A minimum passing grade of 70% is required, and successful completion in the classroom plus mastery of the in-car procedures are prerequisites to awarding a grade of 70% or above.  Note: mastery of the driver education program is not related to passing the DPS written examination for a learner's permit. 
 
I think that I am eligible for a hardship driver's license.  Who can I contact about getting it?
You'll need to contact your local DPS Driver's License Office.  The actual name for the hardship license is the Minors Restricted Driver's License (MRDL/Hardship), and information is available here (www.txdps.state.tx.us/administration/driver_licensing_control/faq/answers_dl_id.htm#q3).
 
I started a driver education class in another state before my parents moved to Texas.  May I transfer any of those classes to a driver education program in Texas?
It may be possible to transfer some or all of those credits from the other state.  You'll need to obtain a letter from the previous school, written on the school's letterhead, identifying the quantity and types of training (i.e. the number of hours of classroom, subjects covered, number of hours in-car, types of driving or observation, etc.).  It should be signed by the chief school official of that school, and you'll need to present the letter to the school you want to attend.
 
I lost the form that I received when I graduated from driver education class.  I need to get my driver's license (or a copy for my insurance company).  How can I get a duplicate?
You need to contact the school.  There is a fee.
 
I'm a 16-year-old who just completed the driver education course.  Is it true that I can get a discount on my automobile insurance?
Some insurance companies do provide a discount for successfully completing a driver education course.  However, insurance companies are not required to give discounts - it's their decision.  If an insurance company chooses to give a discount, it is typically 10% on the liability portion of your automobile insurance.
 
My teen dropped out of high school and has been told that she cannot get a driver's license until she is 18.  Is that true?
Yes.  A Texas law was passed in 1989, requiring that persons under 18 years of age must be enrolled and attending school as a condition of licensing that person to operate a motor vehicle.  There was an exception: if the person had a high school diploma or 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/her high school.

 

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