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Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) Program

The Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) program was implemented September 1, 2014 authorizing Commercial Driver Education schools that meet requirements set by the Department to administer the driving skills examination.

Commercial Driver Education schools that meet these requirements and have undergone instructor testing, drive route audits and approval with the Department of Public Safety are now eligible to give the skills examination. This program is intended to reduce the time a teen 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 25 and over are not allowed  to be tested by a TPST authorized school.

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