Sorry, Texas kids and young adults -- one of your favorite loopholes on the road to getting a driver's license is closing next week.
Beginning March 1, every first-time applicant for a driver's license between the ages of 18-24 must take a driver's-ed course.
Before this, DPS spokesperson Tela Mange tells Hair Balls, some kids would wait until they were 18, pass the written test (which, to be sure, doesn't take a brainiac), and pass the driving test via skills they'd picked up driving illegally or on private property. No long, boring hours learning obscure safety yadda yadda.
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"What happened was there were people who were like, you know driver's education -- pretty expensive. My parents annoy me; I don't want to do parent-taught," she says. "I'm going to wait until I turn 18, I'm gonna go in, and take the written test, and take the driving test, and I'll pass it and I'll get my license, and I won't have had to spend a lot of money on a [driver's-ed] course or a lot of time with my parents learning how to drive."
Now that option's out. Those people will have to take a course -- shorter than the ones kids under 18 take, but still a six-hour regulated course of study -- before they can get their license.
The Texas Education Agency will outline what is in the required course, Mange says.
A list of schools that offer the course can be found here.