Third Party DMV Drive Tests

Requirements & Terms and Conditions


Do not contact the DMV to schedule, cancel or re-schedule a Third Party DMV Drive Test with Southern Oregon Driver Education, Inc. (S.O.D.E., Inc.). 

Please contact S.O.D.E., Inc. if you have any questions (541) 499-0132.

Drive Test Eligibility

S.O.D.E., Inc. does not provide drive tests for individuals in the At-Risk-Driver Program. You'll need to contact the DMV.

  • The Applicant must provide their Oregon Customer ID number at the time of scheduling an appointment (found on the Applicant's Oregon ID, Oregon Learner's Permit, a previous Oregon driver's license, or on the receipt received when the Applicant passed the Oregon DMV's Knowledge Test and Vision Screening

  • The Applicant must arrive to the drive test appointment with an Oregon Learner's Permit or another valid form of PHOTO ID

  • All DMV fines and fees must be paid in full prior to the scheduled drive test appointment

  • The Applicant must observe the required "wait times" between a previous failed test and the scheduled drive test (see Test Failure Requirements below)

  • If previously a student of Southern Oregon Driver Education, Inc., the Applicant is not permitted to schedule a test with one of the Applicant's instructors (neither classroom nor behind-the-wheel)

  • You can't test with an examiner that you know personally.


Eligibility if under 18 years old:

  • Applicant must be at least 16 years old

  • Applicant must have held an Oregon Learner's Permit for a minimum of 6 months - This meets the Knowledge Test and vision screening requirements

  • Driving Experience - 100 hours if Applicant did not complete an ODOT-approved Traffic Safety Education Course 

  • Applicants with out-of-state Learner's Permits must take the Knowledge Test and Vision Screening at an Oregon DMV field office prior to a drive test

  • The Applicant must NOT have suspended or revoked driving privileges in Oregon

Eligibility if over 18 years old:

  • Applicant must have a valid Oregon ID/Learner's Permit

  • Applicant must have passed the Knowledge Test and Vision Screening at an Oregon DMV field office, unless the Applicant has a current Learner's Permit.  A current Oregon Learner's Permit meets the requirements.

  • Applicant must NOT have suspended or revoked driving privileges in Oregon


Use of a Personal Vehicle 
The criteria below MUST be met

**It is the examiner's discretion if the vehicle passes the equipment check qualifications.  If the customer's vehicle does not meet the qualifications, the customer has the option to test in a S.O.D.E., Inc. vehicle or forfeit the test fee and the appointment time.

At the appointment customer must provide:

*Proof of the following:

              1. Up-to-date Vehicle Registration issued by the DMV, with a rear valid license plate and current/ valid registration stickers

*please bring a paper copy to the appointment.

*Proof of car insurance including:

   1. company name, policy #, and expiration date

*please bring a digital or paper copy to the appointment.

YOUR vehicle MUST have the following equipment:

1. BRAKE LIGHTS- both must work

2. HORN- must be audible for 20ft


4. Operable passenger DOOR HANDLE inside and out

5. Proper PASSENGER SEAT securely fixed to the car body beside the driver 

6. Operable seat belts for both the driver and passenger side

7. Tires must be in good condition 

8. NO obstructions- signs, posters, adhesive film, glaze application, extensive window/ windshield cracks, and anything else that impairs the vision of the driver or examiner

9. TURN SIGNALS that work in the front and back

10. The vehicle must have operational equipment items if the weather conditions warrant use:

*HEADLIGHTS and TAILLIGHTS in working order

*WINDSHIELD WIPERS in working order


*DEFROSTER in working order

The following is NOT allowed during the drive test:

1. DISTRACTIONS must be turned off during the test such as: stereos, CB radios, radar detectors, cell phones, televisions, and navigation systems. 

*nothing on the front dash or back window ledge

*no objects hanging from the rearview mirror that obstruct vision


3. CONTRABAND- use of/ open alcohol containers, drugs or drug paraphernalia

4. Interpreter/other people - only the driver and examiner are allowed in the vehicle

On Test day, Applicant MUST:

  • show up 10 minutes before the scheduled appointment.

  • showing up late will forfeit your test with no refund.

  • bring a photo ID to the appointment (See Examples of Photo ID Below**)

  • be eligible with the DMV at least 48 hours prior to the appointment

  • BEAVERTON Drive Test Appointments after 5p.m. -  Please wait in the parking lot.  The Examiner will call you at the cell phone number that you provided when scheduling. 


**Photo ID Examples:

  • Oregon ID card or Learner's Permit (valid or expired)

  • Out of State ID card, Learner's Permit, or License (valid or expired)

  • Work Picture ID

  • Passport or Passport Card (US or Foreign)

  • Jail Picture ID card

  • Concealed Carry Permit

  • School Picture ID card

  • Military ID card

  • Costco card



S.O.D.E., Inc. will electronically report the Applicant's results to the DMV.

The Applicant must go to a DMV field office to obtain their license by scheduling an appointment or as a "walk-in".  The test score is kept on file with the DMV for 2 years.  

The Applicant must provide all DMV required documents to the DMV and pay the required fees for licensure.


The Applicant must wait to test until the next day.  Changing the location of the drive test does not waive the requirement.


If the Applicant completed the scheduled drive test, regardless of test score, no refunds will be issued.  Test failures do not warrant a refund.  If an appointment is cancelled with at least 48 hours notice, a full refund can be issued.  No partial refunds will be issued.  The Applicant MUST contact the office (541-499-0132) with at least 48 hours notice.  If the Applicant reaches the office voicemail, the Applicant MUST leave a message with at least 48 hours notice.  If an Applicant is permitted to schedule a drive test through the office staff with less than 48 hours before the drive test, cancellations are not permitted nor are refunds issued.


NO REFUNDS will be issued:

  • If for any reason the Applicant does not comply with any of the above mentioned requirements upon arrival of a drive test & the Applicant will forfeit their drive test appointment and test fee

  • if the Applicant cancels within 48 hours of the appointment 

  • if within 48 hours of the appointment it is determined that the Applicant is not eligible by the DMV standards to take a drive test.

  • if the Applicant arrives to the appointment and it is determined that the Applicant had been a student of the Examiner in S.O.D.E., Inc.'s Driver Education program and is schedule with the same examiner

  • if the Applicant is a "NO SHOW"

  • if the Applicant was LATE to the scheduled appointment

An Applicant will be considered a "NO SHOW" if:

  • they arrive late to their appointment 

  • they do not arrive to their appointment

  • cancel the appointment with less than 48 hours notice

  • they do not observe the wait time for a previously "Failed Test"

  • they arrive to a drive test appointment intoxicated or under the influence of any substance 

If an Examiner must cancel a drive test due to illness or extreme circumstances, the Applicant will receive a phone call and an email informing of the cancellation.  The Applicant will be offered the next available drive test appointment or a full refund.



- All appointments between 8am and 12pm, will be contacted by 4pm the day before your appointment.

- All appointments between 12pm and 7pm, you will be contacted by 11am the day of the appointment.

**You will not be charged to reschedule if our office contacts you to reschedule due to weather conditions. 

For more details go to:


The Applicant can fill out and submit to the DMV a "Grievance Form" found on our "FORMS" page- 

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Print the "Grievance Form" and mail to:  DMV Driver Programs, 1905 Lana Ave. NE, Salem, OR  97314

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