Driver Education

Contact Info

Jodi Westerberg


Malheur ESD’s program provides teens with classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. Our Traffic Safety Education course is designed to teach the skills, knowledge, judgment, and attitudes essential for safe and skillful driving. Driver Ed classes are 11 weeks of classroom instruction, 6 hours behind-the-wheel driving, 6 hours of observation in the car, and an additional 5 hours of driving with a qualified driver. Summer classes will be conducted over a shorter period of time with longer hours.

The Oregon DMV will waive the Driving Test for all 15-17 year old teen students who successfully complete this ODOT approved Driver Education course. The provisional driver license will still be obtained through DMV. All other licensing requirements will apply.

Upcoming Course

At this time, due to COVID-19 we do not have a summer or fall Driver Education course scheduled. Please contact Jodi Westerberg, 541-473-4821 for additional information.

Program Details

  • Classes are offered throughout the year.

  • Classes are located at the Malheur ESD office in Vale, Oregon

  • Scholarships are available for students that qualify for the Free and Reduced lunch program and/or the SNAP or TANF programs. Show eligibility letter from the school district, SNAP, or TANF. Home school students can qualify through the school district they are in. This benefit applies only to students under 18 years of age without a license.

  • The behind-the-wheel instruction and in-car observation are scheduled outside of the classroom times and may extend past the last day of class.

Course Requirements

  • Teens must be 15-17 years old and complete the course before their 18th birthday to qualify for the ODOT teen program. Failure to complete the course before turning 18 will result in an additional fee of $210.

  • Must have a valid Oregon Instruction Permit to register.

  • Attendance is mandatory. Students are only permitted to arrange for one missed session. Missing more than one session may result in being dropped from the course.

  • Mandatory parent/teen orientation is held at the first class session.

  • Must bring Oregon Instruction Permit and payment to sign-up night.


$150 Students age 15-17

$75 Students eligible for scholarship

$360 Students 18+ or w/Driver's License