Changes to the parent-taught certificate (House Bill 1560, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session)

Several recent changes to the Driver Education & Safety Program have greatly affected the parent-taught certificate (House Bill 1560, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session).

What you need to know:

  • Effective November 1, 2023, Parent Taught Course Providers and Driver Education Schools are now grouped under one license type: Driver Education Provider with three endorsements (In-person, Online, Parent Taught).
  • The “PT” license number was repealed November 1, 2023, and the new Driver Education Provider license begins with the letter “C”.
  • Driver Education Providers, including parent taught providers are now using the same DE-964 or digital DEE-964 certificate template. TDLR no longer issues a different certificate to driver education providers that have a parent taught endorsement.
  • TDLR allowed parent taught providers to use up the PTDE-964 certificates they purchased prior to the implementation, but you may see PTDE-964 certificates from students bearing the new license number “C”.
  • You may continue to see PTDE-964 and PTDE-964E certificates from students with the old approval number “PT” because these were issued prior to the implementation.
  • All certificates are to be accepted.
  • Providers must fill out all applicable fields before they issue the certificate to the student. See Texas Administrative Code 84.43.

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