Texas Education Code § 1001.112. Parent-Taught Driver Education

(a) The commission by rule shall provide for approval of a driver education course conducted by the following persons with the noted relationship to a person who is required to complete a driver education course to obtain a Class C license:

(1) a parent, stepparent, foster parent, legal guardian, grandparent, or step-grandparent;  or

(2) an individual who:

(A) has been designated by a parent, a legal guardian, or a judge of a court with jurisdiction over the person on a form prescribed by the department;

(B) is at least 25 years of age or older;

(C) does not charge a fee for conducting the course;

(D) has at least seven years of driving experience;  and

(E) otherwise qualifies to conduct a course under Subsection (a-1).

(a-1) The rules must provide that the student driver spend a minimum number of hours in classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction.

(a-2) The rules must provide that the person conducting the course:

(1) possess a valid license for the preceding three years that has not been suspended, revoked, or forfeited in the past three years for an offense that involves the operation of a motor vehicle;

(2) has not been convicted of:

(A) criminally negligent homicide;  or

(B) driving while intoxicated in the past seven years;  and

(3) has not been convicted during the preceding three years of:

(A) three or more moving violations described by Section 542.304, Transportation Code , including violations that resulted in an accident;  or

(B) two or more moving violations described by Section 542.304, Transportation Code , that resulted in an accident.

(b) The department may approve a course described by Subsection (a) if the department determines that the course materials are at least equal to those required in a course approved by the department, and the department may not require that:

(1) the classroom instruction be provided in a room with particular characteristics or equipment;  or

(2) the vehicle used for the behind-the-wheel instruction have equipment other than the equipment otherwise required by law for operation of the vehicle on a highway while the vehicle is not being used for driver training.

(c) The rules must provide a method by which:

(1) approval of a course is obtained;

(2) an applicant submits proof of completion of the course;

(3) approval for delivering course materials by an alternative method, including electronic means, is obtained;

(4) a provider of a course approved under this section may administer to an applicant the highway sign and traffic law parts of the examination as provided by Section 521.1655(a-1), Transportation Code , through electronic means;  and

(5) an applicant submits proof of passage of an examination administered under Subdivision (4).

(d) Completion of a driver education course approved under this section has the same effect under this chapter as completion of a driver education course approved by the department.

(e) The department may not charge a fee for the submission of proof of completion of the course or passage of an examination under Subsection (c).

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