Driver Education Course
Approved by Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT)
Winter 2021 | Dec 6 - Feb 6
Classroom Dec. 6 - Jan. 26, MTW 6:30- 8 p.m.
Behind-the-Wheel Dec. 9 - Feb. 6, weekends and after school
Classroom sessions are held online via video conferencing. Driving lessons (BTW) are scheduled separately, once a week. Instructional permit required. Any teen or adult may take the driver education course. Only teens 15-17 with an Oregon permit qualify for the Oregon DMV test waiver.
Course Fee: $299* ($215 low-income)
* Rates and discounts are based on completion of all required hours. Additional fees may be charged for absences/withdrawal.
Students need laptop/computer + smartphone, reliable internet connection. More Details
Plan Ahead for Driver's Ed
When does your student turn 15?
If your child is turning 15 this year, be sure to leave room in their schedule for taking driver education. With school, athletics, extra-curricular activities and jobs, it can be difficult for kids to find time to learn the one life skill everyone needs -- how to drive. The course requires attending classes 3 nights per week, driving lessons on weekends or after school once a week, and lots of driving practice with a supervising adult. Plan on getting their instructional permit at age 15 and make room in their schedule. Teens can get a provisional driver's license when they're 16 or 17.
Spring 2022 | March 28 - May 22
Summer 2022 | June 27 - Aug 21
Fall 2022 | Sept 19 - Nov 13
The above schedule is subject to change. Classroom days & times to be determined. Dates apply to classroom schedule only; behind-the-wheel training may extend up to two weeks beyond the last class. Sign up for Updates & Reminders below.
No Classroom Hours - Online Tutorials - Behind The Wheel Training
Six Lessons: $280
Four Lessons: $190
Drivers of any age with a valid permit (can be out-of-state) may take driving lessons without classroom instruction. Our program requires four lessons for intermediate learners and six for newbies.
One Hour: $45
Need some feedback and advice? The Driver Evaluation is a one-hour route through Astoria and Warrenton with a certified instructor. The evaluation covers how well you know the law plus seven general areas: Turning, Lane Changes, Backing, Intersections, Parking, Speed Control, and Attention. Following the evaluation, you'll find out what you should work on and get some tips for improvement. You can sign up for Driving Lessons if you want more help.
Freedom Driver Education is NOT a third-party tester for DMV and no part of this evaluation or drive route is related to the DMV licensing exams.
Frequently Asked Questions
It's not the license; it's the learning.
Can I get a DMV test through you?
We are not licensed to provide DMV behind-the-wheel tests. You will have to contact DMV or a third-party testing business. For drive tests in Astoria, you may contact Training Wheels Driver Education at 541-961-9753.
Does my teen need driver education?
Oregon law does not require driver education for Under 18 licensing. Obviously, someone needs to teach your teen how to drive. Parents appreciate a professional, certified driving course because it provides a structured curriculum and can alleviate some of the stress between parent and teen during the learning phase.
What is an ODOT Certificate of Completion?
To promote teen driver safety, Oregon Department of Transportation helps families pay for a state-approved driver education course. Only teens Under 18 are eligible for Freedom Driver Ed's subsidized course fee of $299 ($215 for verified low-income). With a Certificate of Completion, teens are not required to take the DMV drive test when applying for a license.
Do I have to pay when I sign up?
Payment is due within the first week for the teen driver course. For private lessons, payment is due at registration.
When should my teen get a driver's license?
That decision is entirely up to the parents. Completing a driver education course does not necessarily mean that a teen is ready to be a licensed, unsupervised driver. The decision to get your teen a driver's license depends on your confidence in their maturity and skills, as well as your insurance costs. I recommend that teens take driver education at age 15, then practice for about a year before getting a license.
What is your grievance policy?
Complaints or grievances may be made through Oregon DMV Third Party Programs, 503-945-6049.
Do you teach adults?
Adult students are always welcome. From 18 to 80, adults may benefit from driving lessons for a number of reasons. Adults may register for the teen driver ed course, or they may take driving lessons with online study.
Learning to be Free
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
- Steven Wright
There's No App for That
Personal instruction is the best way
Teens can use tons of online resources to learn traffic safety laws, how to operate a vehicle, how to drive in various conditions, and how to use today’s car safety tech. There are hundreds of great apps that are useful for passing the knowledge test at the DMV. You can use apps for monitoring driver performance -- they use your phone to measure things like hard stops, speeding and fast cornering. You can download any kind of lesson imaginable from an online course or from thousands of YouTube videos.
But learning how to drive is like learning how to play basketball or piano -- you don’t really know how to do it until you’ve done it. Having a good coach and dedicating yourself to lots of practice are the keys to becoming good at anything -- whether it’s basketball, piano or driving a car.
Experience vs. Training
Let Freedom Go to Your Head
It’s no surprise that teen drivers get into more car crashes than any other age group. Sadly, car crashes are the leading cause of death for people 16-24. Why? Lack of experience. But maybe driving is one thing you don’t want to learn by trial and error. The good news: Freedom Driver Education is designed specifically to teach those skills that experts say most teens lack due to inexperience. Of course, no matter how much training you have, it always boils down to choices based on responsibility and maturity. Our goal is to teach young drivers how to be free and smart at the same time, because there’s only one person who can determine your risk of a crash.
About Freedom Driver Education
Astoria - Warrenton - Seaside
Owner, Instructor, Chief Car Washer
I've been teaching driver's ed since 2017, when I first opened Freedom Driver Education. To me, personal freedom is, in large part, the ability to go wherever you want, in your own car. My goal is to teach young people how to embrace their personal independence and protect themselves from losing it. Safe, smart driving keeps everybody happy on the road. My personal driving experience ranges from the badlands of New Mexico to the mountains of Colorado and the narrow lanes of England. I am certified by the DMV and approved by ODOT to teach teens the complex coordination of skills that safe driving requires.