Driver Education Frequently Asked Questions
Still have questions? Please contact the Driver Education office to learn more.
HOW DOES THE DMV DRIVE TEST WAIVER WORK?
If a student between the ages of 15-17 takes and successfully completes our program, then the certificate issued at the end of the course will waive the DMV drive test.
We do not conduct or do the DMV drive test. When a student completes our program DMV is recognizing that the drive section that they pass with our program meets or exceed their standards of a drive test.
Students who are 18 and older or turn 18 during the course will still need to complete a drive test at DMV after completion of our program.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY APPLICATION WAS RECEIVED AND I WAS ACCEPTED?
Once your pre-registration is received and reviewed a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the email address provided on the pre-registration form 3-5 days after submission. Please make sure the person who is needed the information regarding the course provides an email address that is accessible.
CAN MORE THAN ONE ADULT HELP MY CHILD PRACTICE AT HOME?
Yes, more than one adult may be involved in providing supervised driving practice. It is important, though, that all adult supervisors give consistent (not contradictory) direction to the student.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DOCUMENT HOME DRIVING PRACTICE?
The best way to document home driving practice to fulfill the 300 minutes required for the Driver Education class is to use Chemeketa's student driving log. Use this form to document all student practice driving from the first day of class until the student’s last drive with the instructor. Remember, behind-the-wheel sessions with the instructor are not to be included in the 300 minutes. To document student driving practice time for DMV, use the form found in The Oregon Parent Guide to Teen Driving.
WHAT IS THE LOW INCOME SUBSIDY?
There is a $75 State subsidy program making the cost $225 for applicants that qualify for the Free and Reduced lunch program and/or the SNAP or TANF programs. Show eligibility letter from the school district, from SNAP or from TANF. Home school students can qualify through the school district they are in.
(This benefit applies only to students under 18 years of age and without a license.)
WHAT IF I TURN 18 DURING THE CLASS?
If you turn 18 during the class, this is typically noticed by the office at the time of registration and you will be charged the cost of an adult student ($500).
WHAT IF I GET MY LICENSE BEFORE I COMPLETE THE COURSE?
If you obtain your license before completion of the course, you will be charged a $220 fee. This happens because the state does not provide reimbursement for licensed drivers. This fee is the additional cost to our program that is added to the student’s account.
WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?
Payment is due by the process date that is noted on the website and coversheet of the application. If there is no date posted, then payment is due at the time of registration.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A CLASS?
In order to register for our class, you will need to complete an application form that can be found on our website during open registration dates.
WHEN WILL I GET MY CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION?
A certificate of completion will be mailed to the mailing address provided on the application from approximately four-six weeks after the student has completed the program.
HOW LONG IS THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION GOOD FOR?
The certificate of completion issue to teen drives that will waive the DMV drive test is good for two years from the issue date for the purpose of the waiving the DMV drive test. It is good forever for insurance purposes.
WHAT IF I AM 15 WHEN I START THE CLASS, CAN I STILL USE HAVE THE DMV DRIVE TEST WAIVED?
It is okay to take our program before you are eligible for a license. Once you complete the program the certificate is good for two years. Once you are eligible to get your license, you can still use the certificate of completion/waiver to get the DMV drive test waived.