1. Admissions

a. The first step for a beginning driver is to acquire the instruction (learners) permit from
the DMV.  Once the beginning driver has acquired their permit then a class can be

2. Registration & Fees

a. You will find a Driver ED registration form to sign up for S.O.D.E., Inc. driving instruction classes on our Class Registration page.  You can select from the 15-17-year-old registration or Adults 18+.  Students, please select the correct form, select the desired CLASS in the box, and complete all requested information. Registration form will not be accepted if incomplete.

 a(1).* Students who turn 18 years old before the conclusion of the class will be required to pay $610. (See Section 3a)

b. All classes include a total of 42 hours of driver training/education (30 classroom hours & 12 hours behind-the-wheel.)  Typically, there are two students and an instructor in a vehicle for behind-the-wheel instruction.  The scheduling of the behind-the-wheel lessons will be done during the first or second day in class when they will sign up for a weekly time with a class partner.   

c. Payment is due at time of registration therefore your registration is not complete until payment is received. After submitting the registration, click on the appropriate buy now button on our Payments Page. Select from the appropriate fee/description that pertains to you.  When credit card user name is different from the last name of the student, please indicate on the online registration form. 

d.   IMPORTANT: Once classes starts, new registrations will NOT BE ACCEPTED for any reason.

3. Fee Policies & Refunds

a. Students who register as a 15-17 y.o. and turn 18 y.o. prior to successfully completing their final written exam and their 6th and final drive will incur a fee of $210. 

b. Parents or guardians agree to pay a fee of $210 if a student (15-17 years old) obtains their license on their own prior to the completion of all classes and behind-the-wheel drive lessons.  

 c. If students do not attend a drive and do not notify the Instructors or Office 24 hours prior to their scheduled drive there will be a $25 cancellation fee.

 d. Students who require additional driving lessons beyond the six drives that are included in the course will need to pay $100/hour for each required lesson. 

e. S.O.D.E. Inc. provides auto insurance coverage for students while driving in education vehicles only.  The student is required to drive at least 5 additional hours outside of class with a parent/guardian who has insurance coverage on his/her personal vehicle during the course. A signed 5 Hour Parent Involvement form must be submitted before an ODOT card is released. 

 f. If a student withdraws two weeks prior to the beginning of the class, the class fee is 100% refundable.  No Refunds will be issued if a student drops anytime after the 2 weeks before the first day of class .  The payment may be applied to a future class or private lessons.


g.  Suspension, expulsion, or failing the class for any reason will result in fee forfeiture.

h. Students who fail the course initially are required to pay the $610 registration fee in order to repeat the course.

j. Unless other arrangements are made at the time of registration, S.O.D.E. requires all students who register for a session to complete the coursework for that session by the time the following session is completed.  Example: If enrolled in Spring Session, student must be complete by the end of the first Summer Session.

k. The student is required to pass their drive assessment within 30 days after their 6th and final lesson behind-the-wheel.  If there is a need for a drive assessment after the 30 day period, there will be a $40 charge for each additional drive assessment needed.  The student is required to complete their final drive assessment within 60 days of their original drive assessment. If there is an extreme situation that would prevent a drive assessment completion within 60 days, please contact our office as soon as the situation occurs so our office can try to make arrangements for you. 

l. A Summer Driver Education Course shall not be completed in fewer than 35 days.

m. As a "refresher" all students who have successfully completed S.O.D.E.'s ODOT approved driver education course are permitted to attend any later classroom portion at NO CHARGE.  

n.  A Grievance Form is provided on our "Forms" page that can be submitted to the DMV.

4. Keys to Teaching the Skills of Driving

a. Each student will receive a copy of The Keys to Teaching the Skills of Driving.  It is recommended that parents/guardians read through it with their students.