My Inquiry:

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles,

I have a few questions that I need some help with. I am a responsible, taxpaying citizen of Texas, with an impeccable driving record and no criminal violations.

Unfortunately my family and I have needed to seek out family therapy to resolve some personal issues. As an exercise, my psychiatrist suggested that the family engage in some trust and collaboration practices. The doctor believes that these will help.

With this in mind, I have gone to a local automotive shop and had the family car modified so that each tire is controlled by its own steering wheel, which allows each of the family members to help in the driving of the car. Only the driver controls the gas and brake pedal, but the rest can collectively steer the car. But soon we will experiment with all four of us using independent gas and brake pedals.

Do each of us need to have a driver’s license to collaboratively drive the car? My children are 8 and 10 years of age, but are very good at helping the family drive. I hope that their contribution is not a violation of any existing regulations. Please inform me if it is. Thank you.


Rick Cabrera

Their Response:

Dear Mr. Cabrera:

Thank you for giving the Department of Public Safety the opportunity to respond to your email inquiry regarding your Texas driver license.

Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with your question. Your email has been forwarded to the Regulatory Services department for a response. A representative from that department will be contacting you within 72 hours.

I hope this information is helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact Customer Service at customerservicedl@dps.texas.gov or at 512-424-2600 should you have additional questions or need further assistance. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, excluding holidays.

Anita N.
Customer Relations Representative

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