How does a student register for driver education?
We have three convenient ways to register. - Register on our website via the SERVICES page, Visit our Office at 406 S. Medford Drive in Lufkin, Tx – or call CDS at 936.624.9259.
Where are Carlton Driving School courses offered?
Carlton Driving School (CDS) serves all of Texas. Any Texas resident may enroll in our online classroom and defensive driving courses. Residents of Angelina and Shelby Counties and surrounding communities may enroll in our Behind-the-Wheel and DPS Road Test services.
CDS Office – in Lufkin
Lufkin High School
Central High School
Nacogdoches High School
Central Heights High School
Liberty High School
Lufkin, Wells, Diboll, Huntington, Zavalla
Nacogdoches, Central Heights, Garrison, Center, Chireno, Broadus
Hudson, Groveton, Apple Springs, Kennard, Woden
CDS Office – Lufkin, TX
Center High School – Center, TX
Minor and Adult Driver Education FAQs
Any person between 14 and 25 years old.
• Enrolling in a driver education course with Carlton Driving School
• Enrolling in an approved online program
• Enrolling in an approved parent taught course by purchasing curriculum online
• Completing a driver education course at a public school, education service center, college or university who offers course.
Price varies depending on which service/course is selected. Please visit SERVICE page, select a course for pricing details.
The classroom phase of a driver education course is at least 32 hours, and it cannot be completed in fewer than 16 days. The in-car phase consists of 7 hours of behind-the-wheel driving, 7 hours of in-car observation, and an additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice, of which 10 hours must be done at night.
The additional 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice must be monitored by an adult 21 years or older who holds a valid driver license and has at least one year of driving experience who is sitting in the front passenger seat during the driving practice.
Yes, anyone age 14 years old or older can take the course (though student must be 15 yrs to take permit test to complete the course).
To get a duplicate certificate of completion (the DE-964 or DE-964E Certificate of Completion), contact the school who issued the certificate. Carlton Driving School fee for duplicate certificate is $10, call the office to order. If you took your course online or from a parent taught course contact that course provider.
Yes. Persons under 18 must be enrolled and attending school as a condition of being licensed to operate a motor vehicle, unless the person has a high school diploma or GED.
Yes, the issuance or denial of the VOE Form is strictly a local decision and districts (or schools) are permitted to impose conditions or restrictions as they see fit. Neither TDLR nor DPS can alter a VOE decision.
If the VOE is issued the last week of school or during the summer, it is valid for more than the normal 30 days; i.e. until school starts after summer vacation. If you are applying during the summer and are still enrolled in school, your last report card for the most recent school year is acceptable if it has the student's name, a list of absences, and a complete listing of grades.
No. Teen driver education classroom hours cannot be applied to the 6-hour adult driver education classroom hour requirements. You must complete the full adult driver course or complete the full teen driver education program.
The school can withhold the completion certificate if the course has not been paid for in full. Please contact the school first to verify that the student has completed all the required classes or make-up hours.
Adult Driver Education
Any person who is 18 or older.
This is a 6-hour course offered by a licensed driver education school. It may be completed online or in-person
Yes, Texas law requires persons 18-25 who wish to obtain a driver's license to successfully complete a driver education course.
No, these are court-ordered courses for an offense and may not be used to obtain a driver's license.
To request a duplicate copy of the completion certificate (ADE-1317), please contact the driver education school where you completed the course. Carlton Driving School fee for duplicate certificate is $10
Yes, you may transfer to another driver education school. For example: if you took an online 32 Hour Classroom Course, then wanted to complete your In-Car Behind-the-Wheel training with Carlton Driving School…. That is considered a Transfer.
Yes, that can be done but there are requirements:
• Your child must complete the entire classroom phase at the licensed driver education school or high school. You must obtain an official transfer of classroom hours from the high school or licensed driver education school, so you can prove to DPS that they completed the classroom phase. The transfer is also used to obtain their permit.
• You must apply for a TDLR Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide and receive it before you and your child begin the in-car phase. Your child must also have a valid learner's permit issued by DPS before any driving instruction may be given.
• You must complete the requirements as specified in the TDLR Parent Taught Driver Education Program Guide, but only those that apply to the in-car phase.
Follow progress of your program, schedule lessons, pay balances and more, from any device.
In car evaluations sent to parents and students as soon as instructor completes the lessons.
Students and parents can access student information 24/7 from the Student Portal.