La Grande Drives!

ODOT Approved Driver Education Course

Program Coordinator: Matt Wolcott 541-663-3326
Administrator: Scott Carpenter 541-663-3203

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Students and Families, 

Due to the high interest in our driver's education program (La Grande Drives!) we are discontinuing the practice of maintaining a waiting list. Instead we will advertise the upcoming sessions and when registration is open. Seats will be awarded based on the time stamp on a completed Driver's Ed registration form, proof of driver's permit, and paid fees. Subsequent sessions will operate in the same fashion.

Registration Form:

(Link will Go Live February 20th at 8:00am)

Registration is open from February 20 to February 23, 2023.

Maximum enrollment for the Spring 2023 session is 30 students per class

  • Enrollment is based on time stamp of application

  • La Grande Drives will not maintain a waitlist for future sessions

Session: Spring 2023

Classroom Instruction:

  • March 8, 15, 22 (6:00pm to 9:00pm)

  • April 5, 12, 19, 26 (6:00pm to 9:00pm)

  • May 3, 10, 17 (6:00pm to 9:00pm)

  • 3 hours per class (May 24th is a make-up class only if necessary)

Behind the Wheel drive / observation times will be scheduled at the first class with parent/guardian

  • ODOT Requires 6 hours drive time AND 6 hours observing with ODOT Certified Instructor


  • Student must have a valid Oregon Driver's Permit

  • Mandatory parent orientation March 8 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Students are only allowed to miss one class

  • Students must attend all scheduled drives/observations


  • $250 fee paid by cash, debit, or credit card. No checks. (Fee must be paid in full at first full session)

  • $460 fee for students with driver's license or 18 or older. (Students in these situations do not qualify for ODOT scholarship of $210 or the DMV drive test waiver.

  • No refunds once students attend 2nd class

  • Discount for students on Free/Reduced lunch of $75 but participants must bring Free/Reduced Lunch Notification Letter from your student's district as proof of status to first class to receive a discount. Failure to bring a letter to the first session will result in a $250 fee for the program.


  • Successful completion reduces supervised driving time with parent/guardian by 50 hours for license.

  • Successful completion means you WILL NOT be required to take the Oregon DMV driver test to get your license as long as you are under the age of 18.

  • Teens who complete an approved driver’s education course save about 15% annually on their car insurance.

  • For more information and benefits go to