In Short, the program was created for eligible students getting their license for the first time to bypass the long waits at a traditional DPS setting.
Third Party Programs are generally more customer friendly and able students to navigate the confusing path to becoming a Driver, a little easier.
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.
.... feel free to read more from this article on the official DPS PAGE!
Step 1) Make an Apppointment
You can make appointment with our office through email.
We will send you a checklist to review and we invite you to ask questions! Please practice with our parallel parking poles before your appointment date so you are comfortable with this STATE REQUIREMENT.
(If you need lessons or a pretest, please request those appointments in advance. These services are an additional cost.)
Step 2) Appointment day
Please bring EVERYTHING on checklist.Your will park in our CURBSIDE check in. Please stay in car until the tester is ready. The student will drive with the Tester to perform a variety of skills and maneuvers. The family/parents will remain outside while the test is being conducted.
**Reminder- All students & supporting family/ friends MUST follow all state/ county/ local mandates in regards to wearing face masks. There is no inside waiting room or bathrooms at this time due to COVID. Please feel free to bring a folding/camp chair and/or proper hydration.**
Step 3) Passing or Failing
When student passes, Tester will finish the checkout process. You will receive a SEALED ENVELOPE - DO NOT OPEN. We will also review what to bring to the DPS based on current DPS recommendations.
If your student fails, you will have another 2 attempts at no additional charge. Please review the items the tester recommended to practice before returning. You can request another tester, if you wish. Lessons/ Pretests are also available at an additional cost.
Step 4) Go to DPS.
I recommend setting up your paperwork processing appointment at DPS in advance. Don't be discouraged if the appointments are a little father out. You can always go back to the scheduler and reschedule your appointment sooner. Throughout the day more openings are posted on their scheduling system. To make an appointment select one of the following: " APPLY NEW DL", "CHANGE/ REPLACE/RENEW DL/PERMIT" or "SERVICE NOT LISTED". Any of these categories can get you counter time with a DPS officer for the fingerprinting, photograph, and printing of the temporary paper license. Here is their website: https://public.txdpsscheduler.com/
DPS will look through ALL of your required documents. Then they will print you out a DRIVER'S LICENSE!
You can not drive until you have a government issued TEXAS DRIVER'S LICENSE in your hand from the DPS office.
We make it our mission to try and reduce stress for the student by being clear with all directions and being overall friendly and polite.
Items you will be tested over:
*Right turns, left turns with/without stop sign intersections
*Intersections with Lights
*Right of Way
* Lane Positioning
*Control of Vehicle
Interesting items of note in our area:
*Railroad Tracks/ Crossing
*Round About/ Traffic Circle
*Double Left Turns
*Unprotected Left Turns
Parallel Parking Practice Poles are located at the BIG LOTS ROWLETT parking lot located at
3601 Lakeview Pkwy, Rowlett, TX 75088
If you are facing the store, drive towards the back left side where Jack-In-the-Box is located. You will see 3 sets of buckets with poles set up for parallel parking with access 24/7.
Buckets needs to be placed on the paint spots. Your goal is to get close to the curb without hitting either pole, in around 3-5 movements.
Not sure which direction you need to face? The curb should be close to the passenger/tester- not the driver. You will be facing ROYAL BUFFETT after you parked correctly. Can't figure out how to parallel park or becoming frustrated? Ask me about lesson and pretest options.
If you need help with any items above - feel free to check out the LESSONS page for PreTest information!
"Since Roger took his Pre-Test and then his driving test with you guys in February, he’s sent a bunch of his friends to see you – Presley, Carson, Dylan (his mom Diana loved the lesson – we both agreed it was the best money spent ever for peace of mind!)...
We have been telling everyone how great you guys are."
" We cannot thank you enough for your patience and allowing us to constantly get on your nerves with all our phone calls and coming up so many times to practice, we really appreciate everything you all have done for us."
Thank you for taking good care of my son. He has already driven himself to and from school saving his parents at least 4 trips to RCHS and back. Band got home at 11pm last night and I didn't even have to get out of my comfy warm bed.
- Steve George
" Thank you for making the “driving test” experience a positive one. The staff was polite and professional.
" Thank you Sarah!! Nothing but a wonderful experience! Dylan's already told a few friends about you & I believe his buddy emailed you just a bit ago.
Thank you oodles, "
" Thank you so much for your patience, comforting spirit, professionalism and fun personality..."
-Tarsha Handsborough mother of Brandon
" This was the BEST experience! "
Are you an Adult ( 18+) that has
-never take a driving class
-taking a teen class and didn't finish
-license expired, revoked, suspended
-from out of state with an expired license
-from out of the country with out without an international license
then you NEED a permit before you are allowed to test with our location. ON SITE DPS you do not need a permit, but DPS can be very backed up. OFF SITE. you NEED a permit, and then we can test you almost immediately!
Be an Adult ( 18+)
No fines, fees, surcharges owed at DPS
Already has court approval ( if applies)
Do an educational program to take the written test (required for 18 - 25 year olds, optional for 25 +).
A 6 hour class online or in person class is acceptable. If over 25 and you want to study on your own for free - go for it.
6 Hour Texas Adult Drivers Education, if needed: Visit my LESSONS/ CLASSES PAGE for the link.
Turn in 6 Hour Adult Certificate to the DPS to get a Valid Texas Permit.
If you are over 25 and want to take the permit test at DPS - you can. You must wait 24 hours in between fails, and you have to pay each time you take it. I recommend the 6 hour course.
At the DPS you will be fingerprinted, photographed, and have a quick vision exam performed while they check ALL you paperwork ( double check the checklist below before you head to the DPS).
You now will have a PAPER TEMPORARY PERMIT or PROVISIONAL LICENSE with Restriction B. This will allow you to drive with another Licensed adult for practice and/or test and practice with the DPS Tester.
In order to get a Texas Permit, you will need to bring:
- SS CARD
- Birth Certificate
- 2 forms of residency
- 6 hour completion certificate from program (18-24 required, 25+ optional) OR pass the written test at DPS in person ( over 25 only)
Do you need help driving? Contact me for Private Lessons/Parallel Parking Training. If not, go to the SCHEDULE A TEST page and continue from there.
Follow the ADULT checklist of items needed to bring to the appointment.