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Frequently Asked Questions about Oregon Driver Education Courses

  • Q: How often during the school year is the course offered?
    A: Quarterly

  • Q: Do you offer private lessons on how to drive a manual transmission? Or do you have a referral for someone who does this?
    A: No we do not, all our vehicles are equipped with dual brakes, one for the driver and one for the instructor.

  • Q: I'm a international student at U of O in Eugene. I already got my permit license, but I don't know how to drive. What are my options?
    A: You may take private driving lessons for behind the wheel instruction only or you can enroll in one of our ODOT approved driving courses. Please contact our office for course details and options.

  • Q: Do you have review lessons prior to taking the test? How much to both give him the review lessons and pick him up at home and take him to the driving test with his car?
    A: Yes, we could provide you with a review lesson to prep for your DMV test. We do not provide transportation to/from your driving test in your vehicle, please give us a call to register for private lessons or ask further questions.

  • Q: Our 15 year old daughter will be 16 in July. She has been driving with a learner's permit since February 2013. She currently has 47 hours of driving practice with us (her parents). Do you teach a summer ODOT - approved course that would provide her a certificate for the remaining 50-hour requirement? If so, what is the cost and schedule?
    A: We offer classes quarterly, and the cost depends on multiple factors, please contact us directly for specific details at your location.

  • Q: What if my parent can't make the mandatory parent meeting?
    A: Contact our office for other options.

  • Q: I have to miss a drivers ed class for a ski race. Would I have to make it up some how or do I just miss it and nothing happens? I also heard that if you miss a class you fail or don't complete the course. Is this true?
    A: The only absence that is excused is for illness or family emergency, so yes you would need to make this up. Please contact our office for make-up times and locations.

  • Q: Do you offer summer classes, and if so, what is the time span?
    A: We offer courses each quarter, including summer. Contact us for the schedual in your area.

  • Q: Can teens register if they are older than 18?
    A: This depends on your location. Contact us for more information.

  • Q: After I get my license, what are the restrictions on my driving?
    A: There are three age ranges to be aware of:
    Until 18 Years of Age:
    You cannot operate a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device, including talking on a cell phone and texting. Hands-free accessories are not allowed.
    First Six Months:
    -You can not drive with a passenger under age 20 who is not a member of your immediate family*; and
    -You can not drive between midnight and 5 am unless you are:
    a) Driving between home and work
    b) Driving between home and a school event for which there is no other transportation available
    c) Driving for employment purposes; or
    d) Accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old.
    Second Six Months:
    -You can not drive with more than three (3) passengers who are under age 20 who are not members of your immediate family*; and
    -You can not drive between midnight and 5 am unless you are:
    a) Driving between home and work
    b) Driving between home and a school event for which there is no other transportation available
    c) Driving for employment purposes; or
    d) Accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old.

  • Q: What are the NEW Teen Laws?
    A: You can access the ODOT poster with the new requirements at www.oregon.gov. If you are under the age of 18 and getting your license for the first time after March 1, 2000, you must meet the following requirements:
    -You must have had an Oregon instruction permit for at least six months
    -You must be able to certify that you have at least 50 hours of supervised practice*
    -You need to either -
    1) Complete an approved driver training course...
    -OR-
    2) Complete an additional 50 hours of supervised driving practice*
    *The supervised driver must be someone who is at least 21 years old and has held a valid driver license for at least three years.

  • Q: Are the courses ODOT Approved?
    A: Yes! All of our courses are "Driver Ed" approved by the Department of Transportation and meet the new teen driving laws. Students, under 18, pass our course will receive a certificate card issued by the Department of Transportation/Traffic Safety Division that will waive the driving portion of the licensing test. Students who are over 18 will receive a certificate of completion.

  • Q: Are there Insurance Benefits?
    A: Some insurance companies offer discounts for taking the course. Call your insurance agent to find out exactly how many classroom and driving hours your company requires for a discount. Students who pass the course receive a certificate as proof of completion.

  • Q: How do I register?
    A: Go to your area of the Class Schedules. You can download our flyer and follow the registration directions, register by phone, or on-line. If you are a newly licensed driver you may not qualify for our high school programs.

*Passenger restrictions do not apply while driving with an instructor as part of a certified traffic safety education course or with a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian who has valid driving privileges.

Note: The passenger and night driving restrictions only apply until you are 18 or you have had your provisional license for one year; whichever comes first.

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