Oklahoma Parent-Taught Driver Education Online Course
What is Parent-Taught Driver Education?
The Parent-Taught Driver Education (PTDE) online course allows a parent or legal guardian to become an instructor for their teen's driver education. PTDE requires both online classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel driver training.
Safe2Drive's PTDE course is approved by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Benefits for Parents
- Provides a fun, interactive, and engaging driver's education course to your teen from an approved Oklahoma DPS PTDE course provider
- Gives you the opportunity to take charge of your teen's driver education
- Provides a low-cost and convenient way for your teen to take driver education
- Gives you a chance to practice behind-the-wheel driving exercises with your teen
Requirements for Parents
- Prior to teaching a Department-approved and certified parent-taught driver education course, a parent must first request a parent-taught driver education packet from the Department. The request can be made:
- In writing to: Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Driver License Examining Division, P.O. Box 11415, Oklahoma City, OK 73136-0415
- By telephone to: (405) 425-2300
- By e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By visiting: https://www.ok.gov/dps/documents/parent_taught.pdf and printing out the packet online.
- Before enrolling in our course, you must submit an affidavit (found in the PTDE packet) to the Department. Once the Department has approved your affidavit, you may begin our course.
Eligibility Requirements for Parents
A "parent" is defined as the biological parent, adoptive parent, parent by marriage, or legal guardian (court appointed) of the student. To be eligible to be the “parent instructor,” a parent must meet the following requirements:
- Must have a valid driver license which is in the parent instructor’s possession at all times while performing behind-the-wheel instruction
- Must not have had his or her driving privileges or driver license suspended, canceled, revoked or denied within the past 12 months
- Must not have been convicted of possession or use of alcohol or drugs within the past 12 months
- Must not have more than 5 point violations on his or her driving record
- Must have no administrative action by the Department pending pursuant to 47 O.S. 753, 754, or 754.1 relating to driving under the influence or pursuant to 47 O.S. 761 related to driving while impaired
Steps for Parents
It takes just three easy steps to get started:
- Obtain the Driver Education Packet.
- Sign the affidavit in the PTDE packet and return it to the DPS for approval.
- Once the DPS has approved your affidavit and issued you an “Authorization Number,” you can register your teen on our website and make payment for the course.
- After you have registered for the course and made payment, your teen may apply for his or her Learner Permit at a Driver License Exam site if your teen is at least 15 1/2 years old. You will need to bring your receipt of payment and your affidavit as proof that your teen is enrolled in an approved driver education course. Check our Learner License Requirements page to make sure you have all of the required documents necessary for your teen to apply for his or her Learner Permit. Your teen will have to pass a vision test and a written driving exam to get his or her Learner Permit.
Complete the entire driver education course, which consists of 30 hours of online classroom instruction and 55 hours of behind-the-wheel practice (including 10 hours of driving at night). After your teen has completed both the online classroom instruction and the behind-the-wheel practice, your teen must pass a final exam. Once your teen successfully completes the final exam, we will issue your teen a Certificate of Completion.
When your teen is ready to apply for his or her intermediate driver license, bring his or her Certificate of Completion and other required paperwork to the Driver License Exam site. Check our Driver License Requirements page to make sure your teen meets all of the requirements and has all of the required paperwork to apply for his or her intermediate driver license.
- Note: Your teen has the option of completing the 30 hours of online classroom instruction before applying for his or her Learner Permit, but this is not required. Only proof of enrollment in an approved driver education course is required to get your Learner Permit if your teen is between the ages of 15 ½ and 16.
- The advantage of completing the classroom portion of a driver education course before applying for the Learner Permit is that the course will help better prepare your teen for the written exam he or she must pass to get his or her Learner Permit. Please note that we do not issue a Certificate of Completion for the course until both the classroom portion and behind-the-wheel training portion are complete, and teens must have their Learner Permit before starting the behind-the-wheel training.
Don't worry. We will guide you through all of these steps as you progress through the course.