Taking your driving test with Champions Driving School’s third-party examiner streamlines the process, but remember – preparation is key! This comprehensive guide breaks down the two-step process, outlining the documents you’ll need for both your test with us and your visit to the Texas DPS to finalize your license application. By following our checklist, you can ensure a smooth experience, getting you behind the wheel faster.

Your Essential Checklist for the Road Test

Here is a driving test checklist of the documents you will need to bring to your Texas driver’s license test:

Regardless of your age, you must present a valid Texas Learner’s Permit to take your driving test with us, and when submitting the paperwork at DPS. For teens (16 & 17 years old), you must have held this permit for at least 6 months prior to your test date. Note: this date can be found on the back of your permit!

Teens (16-17) – Requirements for a Texas Drivers License

Step 1: Your Road Test with Champions Driving School

  • Parent or Legal Guardian: If you are 16 or 17, you will need to bring a parent or legal guardian along with you to your test appointment and the Texas DPS.
  • Parent-Taught Program: If you completed a parent-taught program, your TDLR-registered parent instructor must accompany you to your test appointment and the DPS.
  • Driver’s Education Completion (DE-964 Certificate): This indicates you have completed a full teen drivers education course, consisting of 32 hours of classroom instruction and 44 hours of in-car instruction. If you took the teen course with Champions Driving School, we will have your certificate on file.
  • Impact Texas Teen Drivers Video Completion Certificate: You also need a completion certificate from the Impact Texas Teen Drivers video. This is separate from your drivers ed course, and cannot be watched until all drivers ed hours are completed and the DE-964 certificate has been issued. Keep in mind that this certificate is only valid for 90 days. We recommend scheduling your road test and DPS appointment well in advance to ensure your certificate remains valid.

Step 2: Finalizing Your License at the Texas DPS

After passing your road test at Champions Driving School, you will need to make an appointment at any Texas DPS location and present the following:

  • Sealed envelope: This is provided by us and will contain your DE-964, ITTD video certificate, and your skills test results. DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE!
  • Verification of Enrollment (VOE): This document, obtained from your high school, verifies you’re currently enrolled and meet attendance requirements. Homeschoolers can download the form here.
  • Driver License Application: Save time at the DPS by completing the application from in advance.

Adults (18+) – Requirements for a Texas Drivers License

Step 1: Your Road Test with Champions Driving School

  • Driver’s Education Completion (ADE-1317 Certificate): Adult Driver Education is required only for 18-24 year olds, but is helpful for all adults. This certificate verifies completion of the 6-hour class.
  • Impact Texas Adult Drivers Video Completion Certificate: All adults must present a valid completion certificate from the Impact Texas Adult Drivers video. This is separate from the drivers ed class, and cannot be watched until the course is completed (if required) and the ADE-1317 certificate has been issued. Keep in mind that this certificate is only valid for 90 days. We recommend scheduling your road test and DPS appointment well in advance to ensure your certificate remains valid.

Step 2: Finalizing Your License at the Texas DPS

After passing your road test at Champions Driving School, you will need to make an appointment at any Texas DPS location and present the following:

  • Sealed envelope: This is provided by us and will contain your ADE-1317 (18-24 year olds), ITAD video certificate, and your skills test results. DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE!
  • Driver License Application: Save time at the DPS by completing the application from in advance.

Your Vehicle Needs to Pass Too! Ensure Your Car is Test Ready:

The first step of your DPS road test is a quick vehicle inspection. This ensures a safe environment for both you and the examiner. Here’s a checklist of the state-mandated requirements your car must meet:

  • Proper Identification: Two license plates (except for single temporary tags)
  • Essential Functions: Operational speedometer, functioning horn, and turn signals on both the front and back of the vehicle
  • Valid Documentation: Unexpired vehicle registration and proof of insurance
  • Safety Features: At least one rearview mirror, properly functioning driver and passenger doors, functional seatbelts for all occupants
  • Visibility: Working brake lights, windshield wipers, headlights, and taillights
  • Cleanliness: A generally clean interior free of clutter and debris that could obstruct your view or hinder safe operation of the vehicle. This includes the floorboards, seats, and dashboard.

Testing in a Car Without Air Conditioning: While air conditioning is not a mandatory requirement, it can significantly impact your comfort and your instructor’s, especially during Texas summers. Here are some recommendations if your car lacks functioning air conditioning:

  • Test in the Evening: If possible, schedule your test for a cooler time of day.
  • Borrow a Car: Ask a friend or family member, but remember to bring proof of insurance.
  • Rent from Champions (+$15): Depending on availability, we may have a car available for you to use during your test. This must be prearranged.

Remember, feeling comfortable behind the wheel allows you to focus on demonstrating your driving skills. A clean car also demonstrates your overall attention to detail and responsibility, which can make a positive impression on the examiner.

By planning ahead, you can ensure a stress-free and successful test day!

Drive with Confidence: Schedule Your DPS-Authorized Road Test Today!

Getting your driver’s license can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with Champions Driving School by your side, it doesn’t have to be. We understand the importance of preparation, which is why we offer a comprehensive approach to your drivers license journey.

Why Choose Champions Driving School?

  • Expert Instructors: Our certified instructors provide personalized training tailored to your skill level, ensuring you’re ready to ace your test.
  • Convenient On-Site Testing: Save time by taking your DPS-authorized road test right here at Champions Driving School.
  • Stress-Free From Start to Finish: We’ll guide you through every step of the process, from gathering documents to understanding road test procedures.

Ready to cruise into your future? Schedule your road test with Champions Driving School today!

Not quite ready? Explore our range of driver’s education courses, designed to meet state requirements or provide extra practice behind the wheel.