Teen Driving Courses
GULF COAST DRIVING ACADEMY

                          TEEN DRIVING INFORMATION:

According to the Texas A & M  Transportation Institute please consider the following:

"Texas allows parent-taught driver education, which research has shown to be linked to a fatal crash rate nearly three times higher than other driver education methods. More than a third of young drivers secure their license through parent-taught driver ed."

Now for the Good news!

Students will no longer have to stand in long lines to take their written test at DPS in order to obtain their learner’s permit. Each of our three locations will administer the written test allowing less time spent at DPS; however, DPS will continue to be responsible for vision testing.

TEEN DRIVING consists of 32 classroom hours (16 classroom sessions) and 14 hours in the car - 7 behind the wheel driving and 7 observing. Payment may be made in three weekly payments however, the final payment must be completed before the 21st day of the month.  The first payment must be made at registration.

The behind the wheel and observations schedules are set by the individuals in association with the instructors.  Behind the wheel instruction must be completed within 180 days.

After the student has completed the first six hours of classroom (the first three days) he/she will be eligible to take their written test at our school.  After successful completion of the test, they will need to take the vision test at DPS in Angleton and upon completion receive an instruction permit.

They can be scheduled, after they have received the permit, to drive with the instructors.  This course and all instructors are certified through the Texas  Department of Licensing and Registration.


A student can only physically miss 5 classes (makeup can be taken home but must be completed.

We have locations in Lake Jackson, Angleton or West Columbia to better serve our student's and parent's needs.

You may also click on any of the buttons above to take you to the city where your student will be attending along with the Helpful Information and information concerning Parent Taught Driver's Ed.

 

The state of Texas has a new requirement for anyone taking their DPS behind the wheel test after September 1st, 2015. The student must login to the DPS website and watch a 2 hour video on texting called "Impact Texas Teen Drivers ITTD.  After watching the video a certificate must be printed out.

NEW LAWS FOR TEEN DRIVER EDUCATION ARE TO BE IMPLEMENTED  EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2009

* Teens with a permit and whose 6 month waiting period is complete, must take a DPS road test in order to obtain a Drivers License. This applies to all teens applying for a Driver License on or after September 1, 2009 regardless of when they took driver education.

* Both the front seat and back seat occupants must wear a seatbelt.

The following requirements go into effect May 1, 2010 

* 32 hours of classroom

* 14 hours in car training - 7 hours behind the wheel & 7 hours observation

 

Change as of September 2013:

* 30 additional hours behind the wheel with an adult 21 years of age or older - 10 hours of which must be conducted at night

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2009

* The cost of a Learners Permit will be $15.00 and will expire on the student's 18 th birthday.

* The cost of a Provisional Driver License will be $15.00 and will expire on the student's 18 th birthday.

* New Graduated License Restrictions have increased from a 6 month period to a 12 month period. After the issuance of a teen's driver license the following restrictions apply for one year.

   ** No cell phone use of any kind (dialing, talking, texting)

   ** Limit of one person in the car under 21 years of age who is not a family member.

   ** No driving after midnight or before 5 a.m. unless it is necessary for work, school or a medical emergency.

* Adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who are applying for a Class C Driver License must complete an approved 6 hour driver education course. Successfully completing this course does not require obtaining a learner's permit.

EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2010 ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 24 MUST COMPLETE AN APPROVED 6 HOUR DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR A DRIVERS LICENSE. TESTING FOR A LEARNERS PERMIT FROM THE DPS IS NOT REQUIRED WHEN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING AN APPROVED COURSE.

* Rules are currently being written to clarify these laws. The specifics on how they will be implemented and enforced are still under consideration. We will post any additional information as it becomes available.