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 July 17th and go through August 4th. To register go to Schedule of Courses - Traffic Safety Oregon . Please note that Malheur ESD can help with some/all of the costs involved in completing the course.
We are currently providing in person Driver's Ed courses. However, due to a limited number of instructors we can only accept 24 students per course. There is a wait list for upcoming courses and students will be added on a first come, first serve basis. At this point in time, we are about one year out. Please contact Jodi Westerberg, 541-473-4821 to have your student placed on the wait list or for additional information.
Classes are offered throughout the year.
Classroom instruction for these courses takes place in person.
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.
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 attendance is required for the Parent meeting taking place the first 20 minutes of the first class.
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