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Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) Program

The Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) program authorizes Commercial Driver Education schools that meet requirements set by the Department to administer the driving skills examination for a non-commercial Class C driver license.

Commercial Driver Education schools that meet the requirements and have undergone instructor testing, drive route audits and approval with the Department of Public Safety are eligible to give the skills examination. This program is intended to reduce the time an individual must wait to perform their driving examination.

Approved Third Party Skills Testing schools may administer the driving skills examination to those who meet the following criteria:

Individuals 16 years of age or older:

Individuals 18-24 years of age:

Individuals 25 years of age or older:

All individuals tested through the TPST program must complete the ITYD requirements, prior to taking their driving skills examination.

NOTE: Driver education is not required for individuals age 25 and older but is highly recommended.

NOTE: Fee structures for driving skills examinations administered through the TPST program are not regulated by the Department.

To schedule a drive test at an authorized Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) school, follow the link below

Schedule drive test

Statutory Authority
37 Texas Administrative Code, Section 15.61
Texas Transportation Code, Section 521.165