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Become a Driver Training Instructor

To teach people how to drive a passenger vehicle (non-commercial) in Oregon, you must:

  • Be at least 19 years old to teach in a classroom;
  • Be at least 21 to teach behind-the-wheel;
  • Be an employee of a school with a valid Driver Training School Certificate;
  • Have had valid driving privileges for at least three years before the application is submitted if only conducting classroom training;
  • Have had valid driving privileges for at least five years before the application is submitted if conducting behind-the-wheel instruction; and
  • Get a Commercial Driver Training Instructor Certificate from DMV.
To learn how to become a certified driver training school, visit our Driver Training School page.

Get Your Instructor Certificate

To get your Commercial Driver Training School Instructor Certificate, do the following:

  • Submit a completed application;
  • Pass the Commercial Driving School Instructor knowledge test and drive test (drive test waived if TSD Driver Ed Certified);
  • Pass a vision test;
  • Pass a criminal background check; and
  • Pay the $100 application fee.
Submit the application, supporting materials, and payment by mail to DMV Third Party Programs.

Renew Your Instructor Certificate

Commercial Driver Training Instructor Certificates are issued annually and expire on December 31 of each year, no matter what date they were issued.

To renew your certificate, you must:

  • Submit a new application before the current certificate expires; and
  • Pay the $100 application/renewal fee.
There is NO GRACE PERIOD for renewing the instructor certificate. Any renewal application received after December 31 will be treated as an original instructor certificate application and the applicant is subject to the testing requirements.

Contact Us 

Mailing Address
DMV HQ, Attn: Third Party Programs 
1905 Lana Ave NE
Salem, OR 97314
Third Party Programs - 503-947-4019