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Third Party Skills Testing Program

The Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) program authorizes Driver Education schools that have been certified by the Department to administer the driving test for Class C non-commercial driver license applicants. This program is intended to ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to safely operate a motor vehicle, and also reduces the time you must wait to take your driving test.

Approved Driver Education schools have undergone a certification process by the Department which includes:

You may be able to complete the drive test at an approved Driver Education school for the issuance of your Texas driver license, provided you meet the following criteria:

If you are 16 years of age or older:

If you are 18-24 years of age:

If you are 25 years of age or older:

If you are older than 25 and are applying for a Texas driver license for the first time, you are not required to have completed driver education, however it is highly recommended.

To schedule a drive test at an authorized Driver Education school, follow the link below:

NOTE: Fees assessed for a drive test administered by a Driver Education school are not regulated by the Department.

Statutory Authority
Information on the Third Party Skills Testing Program can be found here: