Starting Your Own Driving School
Interested in starting your own Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) 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.
- Driver and Motor Vehicle services Division (DMV)- This division certifies commercial driver training schools, also known as private 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 ODOT-DMV Business Regulations at 503-945-5052.
- Transportation Safety Division (TSD) - This division approves private and public schools for teaching novice drivers (15-17 years) for driver education. Public schools include K-12, Community Colleges, Educational Services Districts, and County entities such as a sheriff's office. ODOT-TSD coordinates oversight of the approved providers and their programs, in addition to enforcing the statutes 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.