Starting Your Own Driving School
Interested in starting your own Oregon Department of Transportation approved driving school, but not sure where to start?
Two divisions of ODOT play a role in certifying or approving independent schools offering driver education.
- ODOT/Department of Motor Vehicles - This division certifies commercial driver training schools. This is for the business side of being a driving school. See this page on the Oregon DMV's website for more information.
You can contact DMV Business Regulations at 503-945-5052.
- ODOT/Transportation Safety Division - This division approves private schools for teaching novice drivers (15-17 years) for driver education. ODOT-TSD coordinates oversight of the approved providers and their programs, in addition to enforcing the statues governing those schools that teach the Oregon approved driver education program. Visit the ODOT-TSD Driver Education's website.
You can contact William Warner, Driver Education Program Manager at 503-986-4413.
- Mentoring assistance to start your driving school is available through Western Oregon University.