THIRD PARTY TESTING

We take pride in providing the best and most conscientious driving instruction available.

  • Skip the long wait to schedule at DPS!
  • Make an appointment with us by calling (979) 299-0030
  • OR Register on line below
  • Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) site for teens (16+) and adults!
  • Address: 248 Plantation Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas

WE ARE THRILLED TO BE THE ONLY DRIVING SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN BRAZORIA COUNTY WHICH PROVIDES THIRD PARTY TESTING!!!

What exactly is Third Party Testing?

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.

Statutory Authority 37 Texas Administrative Code, Section 15.62

How does this benefit you?  It means that you don’t have to go to DPS to take the Road Skills Test (driving test) if you meet the eligibility requirements for your age group! It also means that you can schedule your test sooner, it’s less stressful, more private, and if you have previously taken the Road Skills Test at a Texas DPS Office, but failed, you can retest at a TPST site without a long wait for another test date at DPS.

How do I proceed?

In order to test with a Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) authorized school you must:

  • Be age 16+ years of age, must have held a valid learner license for a minimum of six months , completed an approved commercial Teen or Parent Taught Driver Education in full, and completed the Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) video (takes 2 hours—cert will be emailed to you for you to print out)
  • Be 18-24 years of age, must have completed the adult driver education course (6 hour course), have a restricted driver license, and completed the Impact Texas Young Drivers (ITYD) video (takes 1 hour—cert will be emailed to you for you to print out)
  • Be 25 years of age or older, have a current restricted driver license, and completed the Impact Texas Young Drivers (ITYD) video (1 hour—cert will be emailed to you for you to print out)

All drivers who take the Road Skills Test  must go online and complete the MANDATORY “Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD)” program or the Impact Texas Young Adult Drivers (ITYD) program (see above for your required video). After successfully passing the video, students will need to print and sign the course completion certificate which will be one of the required documents for the Road Skills Test.

Both the ITTD video and ITYD video are FREE and are through the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Impact Texas Drivers website. These certificates expire in 90 days.

STEPS TO THE ROAD SKILLS EXAM

We are here to assist you!

Step 1:  Determine which group you qualify under:  Teen, Adult 18-24, Adult 25+

Step 2: Review the checklist and make certain you have all required documents

Step 3:  You may pay the required fees online.

Step 4: YOU MUST CALL TO SCHEDULE AT (979) 299-0030.

Step 5:  Show up 10 minutes PRIOR to scheduled exam and park on the side of the building beside the back parallel parking standard (you should be facing Plantation Drive).

Step 6:  Bring in all required documents for approval.

Step 7:  Examiner will check for all required documents, have you sign the DL40, check your insurance (PAPER copy current/no exclusion & must match VIN # on registration date sticker on vehicle), and the following on the vehicle: two plates (front/back—both attached at least 12” from ground—no IN TRANSIT plates), horn, L/R signal lights in front/back, three working brake lights, examiners door must open, seatbelts, and vehicle must be free of excessive debris.

Step 8:  If all is in order, the driving skills test will be given. Examiner will explain what to expect so please ask any questions BEFORE the test begins as once it is started no questions can be answered.

DRIVING SITUATIONS TO EXPECT ON THE TEST:

We strive to 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
*Merging
*Intersections with Lights
*Right of Way
*Observation

*Signals
*Postioning
*Control of Vechile
*Backing /Reversing

*PARALLEL PARKING ( Provided at Gulf Coast Driving Academy – Lake Jackson. You may practice as much as necessary).

Step 9:  Upon returning to the testing site, park in the back of the lot in the grassy area. Examiner will review your test and, if you passed, you will come inside to get your paperwork in a SEALED, SECURE envelope. DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE OR DPS WILL NOT TAKE YOUR RESULTS!

Step 10:  Take the sealed envelope to your local DPS office to receive your unrestricted driver’s license!

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR TPST

Please review the below:

 

If you took the Teen Course:

Must have held Class C restricted permit a minimum of six months, be at least 16 and have completed in full both classroom & driving requirements. You will bring your DE964 and ITTD certificate. You must bring a paper copy of insurance on the vehicle you are using for the road skills test. You do NOT have to be listed on the insurance (you cannot be excluded). All documents must be current and unexpired. The same parent/guardian must accompany you both at TPST site and at DPS to turn in your paperwork.

 

If you took the 18-24 years of age Course:

Must have completed the required 18-24 year old six hour course. Bring your ADE certificate of course completion (do not let DPS keep this when you get your restricted license), your class C restricted license, the ITYD certificate, and a paper copy of insurance on the vehicle you are using for the road skills test. You do NOT have to be listed on the insurance (you cannot be excluded). All documents must be current & unexpired.

If you are 25+ years of age:

Class C restricted license, ITYD certificate, paper copy of vehicle insurance for the road skills test. You do NOT have to be listed on the insurance (you cannot be excluded). All documents must be current & unexpired.

Got Questions?

Contact us in Lake Jackson at 1-(979) 299-0030.

STEP ONE

Complete Registration

Registration and payment must be completed before class. If you do not prepay via our website we will accept cash only before class begins-no checks.

You may check a preferred day of week for testing and our instructors will contact you and will  attempt to schedule the most convenient day and time available.

STEP TWO

Make a Payment

Your online payment insures PRIORITY REGISTRATION.

Payment Options

Road Skills Test – $100.00 – Third Party Skills Test

Pre Test – $35.00

It is approx is 30 mins long and usually completed in the students own vehicle. A parent is allowed to come along, only if it doesn’t make the student uncomfortable. I will go over the full route, all maneuvers required, detailed parallel parking assistance, and overall confidence boosting! Not needed for all students. Highly recommend for students with anxiety, lack of skill/ confidence, those who have previous failed a road exam, or students who are just curious about what is on the exam.

Use of GCDA Vehicle – $50.00

Re-Test – $50.00

WE TRY TO RESPOND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE BUT PLEASE ALLOW 24-48 HOURS FOR A RESPONSE.

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