Has the pandemic changed requirements for earning a driver license?
Requirements for hours of drive time, permit holding and restrictions once a license is issued have not changed.
Pandemic Safety Measures
What options are available for students who don’t want to be exposed to other kids in an ODOT-Approved Driver Education classroom or car?
Each provider is making decisions about sanitation and social distancing that best support their business, their employees and their clients. Some measures include online classroom sessions, increased sanitation and social distancing. Some providers are limiting the number of students allowed in vehicles at one time. Contact your provider to find out what they’re doing to protect students and instructors.
What is ODOT doing to assure ODOT-Approved Driver Education instructors are following safety protocols and getting tested for COVID-19?
ODOT does not direct the individual business practices of ODOT-Approved Driver Education Providers. We have requested that all providers follow directives from the Governor’s office and their local officials.
Find a Provider
How do I find an open ODOT Approved Driver Education Course?
All open ODOT Approved Driver Education courses are listed geographically on our Find a Provider page (*additional courses will be added as they open)
Are driver education courses continuing during in-person school closures?
Yes. Even though some providers may have temporarily closed, ODOT’s Transportation Safety Division (TSD) has not directed any driver education courses to close. Closures could be ordered by school districts, the Governor, or other entities. You can find providers who are currently offering courses here.
My student had started, but not completed, an ODOT-Approved Driver Education course and the provider has not re-opened. What do we do?
ODOT has provided guidance to ODOT-approved providers on how to help students complete courses. Please check with your provider.
My student was registered for an ODOT-Approved Driver Education course that was cancelled and has now resumed. My student does not have a permit yet but has scheduled an appointment with a DMV field office. The DE course starts before the DMV appointment. Can they still start their course?
Oregon Administrative Rule requires verification that a student holds a valid instruction driver permit on the first day of class and that the permit remains valid throughout the course of the class. A student must have a valid permit to be eligible for any portion of the course.
My student is registered for an ODOT-Approved Driver Education course, but their permit is going to expire before the course ends. What do we do?
Most DMV field offices are open for appointments. Students whose permits will expire or have expired prior to course completion should make an appointment to renew their permit as soon as possible.
My ODOT-Approved Driver Education class was suspended and has now resumed, but I will be 18 before the class completes. Can I still get a completion certificate that waives the drive test at DMV?
ODOT-TSD has made several accommodations for students whose courses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with your provider.
Does receiving the ODOT-Approved driver education course completion certificate remove the need for a student to make a personal visit to a DMV field office?
No. A student who has completed an ODOT-Approved Driver Education course and received a completion certificate will still need to make an appointment at a DMV field office to take the Safe Driving Practices knowledge test and submit an application for licensure. Students must make an appointment to take the test at a DMV office.
How can my teen get a completion card that waives the drive test at DMV field offices?
A completion certificate that waives the drive test at DMV field offices is one of the benefits of successfully completing an ODOT-Approved Driver Education course.
My student has completed an ODOT-Approved Driver Education course. What are the next steps?
A student who has successfully completed an ODOT-Approved Driver Education course will receive a completion certificate that allows them to waive the drive test at the DMV field office. The teen will still be required to take the Safe Driving Practices knowledge test prior to applying for issuance of a driver license. An appointment for both the knowledge test and DL issuance (upon passage of the test) can be scheduled together.
DMV is not currently offering drive tests. How or where can my teen take a drive test for their license?
If a teen has successfully completed an ODOT-Approved Driver Education course, the teen will receive a completion certificate allowing them to waive the drive test at a DMV field office. The teen will still be required to take the Safe Driving Practices knowledge test prior to applying for issuance of a driver license. If a teen has not completed an ODOT-Approved Driver Education course and needs to take a drive test, DMV has contracted with Class C Testing Businesses for that service. A teen can contact one of these businesses to schedule a drive test. Upon passage, a teen will need to make an appointment at a DMV field office to take the Safe Driving Practices knowledge test and apply for issuance of the license.
When will DMV begin scheduling drive tests again?
The DMV is monitoring the situation and following all guidance from the Governor and the state regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. DMV will begin scheduling drive tests again when conditions have been deemed safe enough to do so.
Reduced Fee Eligibility
What subsidies does ODOT provide for lower income/no income families and teens?
Even though driver ed pays for itself in the long run, many families are deterred by this initial cost. In Oregon, a driver ed course costs an average of $330*.
To encourage families to sign up their teens for driver ed, ODOT offers up to a $75 subsidy to approved providers, who are then able to pass it on as a discount to eligible families. To be eligible, a family must meet the “free or reduced” qualifications set through their school district. If you meet and can provide proof of the eligibility requirements, you can choose an ODOT-approved provider in your area and request an estimate.
This amount covers the curriculum materials, instructor’s time/vehicle usage/insurance cost, gasoline and standard course related expenses.
Average course cost ** – $330
Less Subsidy – $75
Final cost to student – $255
*Average price if the teen is between 15-17 years old and is expected to complete the course before turning 18.
**Sample estimate. Course costs vary between providers.