The world is changing – and so is the DPS! Starting September 2015, processing of all requests for a parent taught driver education packet (the so-called form DL-92) is being outsourced to the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration. The form itself has also undergone a number of changes and you must make sure to use the latest version of the form (rev. 9/15) if you want to have it processed! Sending an outdated version of the parent request form to the DPS will only result in wasted time – some student spend 4-5 weeks waiting for the package to arrive before they realize that something is wrong. Don't make the same mistake – do the right thing from the start, download an updated version of the DL92 application form and send it to the TDLR instead of the DPS!
The new form (rev. 9/15)
While the new form differs from the old version in design, it's essentially the same thing and you would fill it in exactly the same way as the old version of the DL-92 request application. The TDLR requires some information on the instructing parent and the student who will be taking a parent taught drivers education course. The first page of the request contains detailed instructions on how to fill in the form correctly and lists most of the eligibility requirements for instructing parents. That's right, not everyone is authorized to make use of the parent taught instructing method. DUIs and insufficient driving experience are just some of the disqualifying factors and it is your responsibility to check if you as an instructor can teach your child how to drive. If you don't do this at this point and are later found to be ineligible, you pretty much waste your time and money since any progress in your drivers ed class you have achieved this far will be ignored by the state. No exceptions!
Obviously, the address where you need to send the form to has changed, but this should not be a big issue since the correct address is listed at the top of the new DL-92 form, as long as you've got the right form, you should have the right address too. Just in case, here it is once again:
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
PO Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711
And by the way, if you have just sent the application to the DPS instead of the TDLR within these last couple of weeks, you do not have to worry and take any drastic steps. For the next 60 days (until the end of October 2015), the DPS will continue processing all DL-92 forms they receive in parallel to the TDLR. When this transition period is over, they will stop processing these requests altogether. Hopefully they will also take down the old version of the DL-92 form down from their website as right now, both forms are freely available for download. This can potentially cause quite a few mishaps in the future, but the good news is that you're all set! Simply download the DL-92 from this page and you're guaranteed to be using the latest most-updated version!
There is just one final thing before we let you go. It's not new and it has been around for some time now, but judging by the number of people who need duplicate log forms, it doesn't get the exposure it deserves. There is a way to receive your parent taught drivers education packet faster and save yourself a lot of headache in the process. How do you get it quicker? Just order it to be e-mailed to you, instead of having to wait until the packet arrives in the mail! This saves you time, it's better for the environment since you will only have to print out a few pages, instead of printing the entire package and it can save you a lot of headache down the line by not having to re-order duplicate logs in case you lose something or make a mistake while filling one of those documents in! Trust us, it is quite common and happens all the time! If you have an electronic version of the packet and need a duplicate DL-91A, DL-90a or DL-90b, all you do is print out a new copy! If you had your packet mailed, then you would have to contact the TDLR for a replacement and guess how long that will take? Yes, another 3-4 weeks! A simple checkbox you mark when you are filling in your DL-92 application form can make all that difference!