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 10 weeks of online 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 may 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.

Attention: Instructors Needed!

Please visit the Instructor Information Page and contact Jodi Westerberg if you are interested in becoming a Driver's Ed Instructor. The next Instructor Training Course will begin Monday August 1st and go through the 19th. To register go to . Please note that Malheur ESD can help with some/all of the costs involved in completing the course.

Upcoming Course

We are pleased to announce that we are resuming our Driver Education Courses. However, due to COVID -19, and a limited number of instructors we can only accept 24 students per course. There is a waiting list for upcoming courses and students will be added on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Jodi Westerberg, 541-473-4821 to have your student placed on the wait list or for additional information.

Program Details

  • Classes are offered throughout the year.

  • Classroom instruction for these courses takes place online.

  • 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 video must be watched and signature page returned during registration.

  • Must bring Oregon Instruction Permit and payment to registration.


$150 Students age 15-17

$75 Students eligible for scholarship

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