Third Party DMV Drive Tests

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.


S.O.D.E. COVID Safety Precautions


All examiners and applicants are required to wear masks during the test. Please be sure to bring a mask to the appointment.

Each vehicle is equipped with sanitizing wipes. Before an examiner’s day begins and after each test, the vehicle is wiped down.

You will not be allowed to take your test if you have had a cough, fever or shortness of breath within the last 72 hours, or if you have been in contact in the last 14 days with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Drive Test Eligibility

S.O.D.E., Inc. does not provide drive tests for individuals in the At-Risk-Driver Program or individuals who require the addition or removal of adaptive equipment.

  • The Applicant must provide their Oregon 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)


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 requirement

  • 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

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**)

  • have proof of payment for the Examiner

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


**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


After Passing the Third Party DMV Drive Test 

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

The Applicant must go to a DMV field office within 30 days of the test date.  The test score is kept on file with the DMV for 2 years.  If the Applicant has not already done so, schedule a DMV appointment to obtain the driver's license.

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

Failed Test

The Applicant cannot test again until the next calendar 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

  • 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.

  • if the Applicant is a "NO SHOW"

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.


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

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

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