Starting Your Own Driving School

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 the Driver Education Program Manager at 503-986-4413.

  3. Mentoring assistance to start your driving school is available through Western Oregon University.