Driving schools for Adults – Portland Metro Area

Driving Lessons for Adults in the Portland Metropolitan Area (Oregon)


There are 3 programs that have been utilized by host families to help their au pairs become better drivers.  They are listed below in alphabetical order with some information on their programs, cost etc.


Hammerly’s Great NW Drivers

Serves West Portland/Beaverton/Hillsboro/Tualatin

Website:  www.greatnwdrivers.com

Office in Hillsboro

Phone; 503-628-6306 – Office Hours not listed on Website

How to Register:  Can fill out some information on-line but will have to call office to finish.


Costs:    Driving Tuitions:

(All driving lessons include free pick-up and return in the West Portland/Bethany/Beaverton/Hillsboro/Aloha/Tualatin Metro Areas)

Single (1) 90 Minute Driving Lesson: Ideal for those who are experienced and need a brush-up of their driving skills.                                                                             $115.00


2 Lesson Package: Ideal for students with experience or for those who need a few brush-ups.                                                                                                           $220.00


4 Lesson Package: Ideal for students with little to no experience who are able to get practice between lessons. This covers most driving environments.                  $420.00 Additional Lessons (AFTER a 4-lesson package only)                                $105.00 each



5 Lesson Package: Ideal for students who are newer to driving and are able to get practice between lessons. All driving environments including freeway and parking are covered depending on the student’s progress.                                                 $520.00


8 Lesson Package: Ideal for students with limited or no experience and limited or no practice between lessons – Covers ALL driving subjects including preparation for drive test.                                                                                                                   $800.00

Additional Lessons (AFTER an 8-Lesson package only)                             $100.00 each



Driving Assessment: One hour long assessment for drivers who need to have their driving skills evaluated for medical reasons or just to make sure they are still safe drivers.                            $180.00 (with written report) – OR – $115.00 (no written report)


Cancellation Policy: 48 hours notice

No-Show Fee (applied with less than 48 hour notice)                                       $95.00




Pacific Driver Education

Serves Portland Metropolitan Area

Website:  http://www.pacificdrivereducation.com/services/adult-driver-education

Office is located in Gresham

Phone:  503-766-3567 Office Hours M-F 8:30AM-4:30 PM

How to Register:  Call office during business hours.

There’s no doubt that being able to drive makes getting around easier and faster, whether it’s getting to work every day or going to the grocery store. The problem comes in when you don’t know how to drive, or don’t feel comfortable enough behind the wheel to get around. The team at Pacific Driver Education, including DMV and ODOT-certified Traffic Safety Educators Lois and Steve Lents, want to help adults of all ages learn how to drive, improve their confidence behind the wheel, and increase their quality of life.

Costs for Packages:

Single Drive Lesson – $135

This lesson is 1.5 hours and covers basic maneuvers including starting, stopping, backing, vehicle control, speed control, parking, pulling to and from the curb, right-of-way, push/pull steering and when to use hand-over-hand steering.

FOUR Lesson Package – $420

The package includes four 1.5-hour lessons for a total of 6 hours of driving lessons. If you feel that you need more lessons we will add as many as you like at the reduced rate.


Intro to Driving – $545

This is an interactive adult-oriented driver education course which includes eight engaging small-group classroom hours, six hours of one-on-one in-car instruction, and a DMV approved driving exam. This class covers everything you need to become a safe driver from basic vehicle control to space management for complex situations.

Certified Instructors:

When you’re preparing to take a driving test, lessons from certified instructors will ensure that everything is covered. We have been teaching new drivers for a decade and have the experience, knowledge, and skill to teach you exactly what you need to know to be a safe, licensed driver in the state of Oregon. We also know what Oregon driving tests involve, so we know just what to teach you. And you can count on these skills every time you get into your vehicle.

Rules of the Road:

A crucial part of our program is understanding the rules of the road, including knowing all of the signs, what to do at a four-way stop and other “right of way” rules, passing rules, pedestrian and bicyclists rules, and more. When you have a complete understanding of the rules and laws, you will be able to confidently navigate through all sorts of situations.

Driving Skills:

We will cover driving in various weather conditions and depending on when you take your adult driving lessons, you will get on the road experience. We’ll go over parking skills and give you time to practice. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice merging. We’ll also go over concepts like defensive driving, which includes what to do when you come across an aggressive driver, being aware of your surroundings, and more.


Oregon DMV Driving Test:

We can administer your driving test, as well as prepare you for the test. We understand that this may be one of the more intimidating parts of learning how to drive, but with our guidance and advice, you will feel confident to take on any exam and driving test.


How to Get Started:

Pacific Driver Education wants to make it as convenient as possible for adults to learn how to drive. When you sign up for a driving lesson, we will do our best to work around your schedule so that there is as little disruption to your life as possible.

All students must have a valid Oregon drivers permit, license, or other license granting driving privileges in Oregon.  Please note that your lessons will begin and end at your home in the greater Portland Metro area in one of our vehicles. There is NO TRIP FEE for this service.

Lesson Scheduling:

We offer lessons six days a week: Monday through Saturday between 9am and 5pm. Your lessons may begin at your home, school, or place of business with exception to locations in the downtown Portland area. Due to high demand, private lessons are scheduled in order of paid registrations. Once you have registered for lessons, you will receive an email inviting you to submit your general availability. It takes two to three business days for our scheduler to create a lesson schedule that meets your calendaring needs. Our scheduler will then email you a tentative schedule, asking you to confirm your drives. Once we establish your lesson schedule, we will provide you with your instructor’s name, cell phone, and email address.  Please keep in mind that lessons on Saturday’s are booked out for 60 days.



Tom’s Driving Academy

Serves Portland Metropolitan Area

Office Location:  Hillsboro

Website:  www.tomsdriving.com/driving-lessons/

Phone:  503-648-7086 or 503-828-3698 Office Hours 8-6 M-F

How to Register:  Must call Office during business hours.

Classrooms Locations: Hillsboro and Newberg

Driving Classes in Oregon

Whether you are a driving rookie or a well-seasoned pro, Toms Driving Academy has the resources to help. We work with everyone from seniors who have recently suffered strokes to teenagers who are just turning the appropriate driving age. Our courses and driving lessons accommodate people from all walks of life and age ranges. Our entire philosophy is that each driving lesson should be individualized for the person learning to drive–no matter how old or young they are.


We are a DMV certified and ODOT approved driving academy, offering some of the most comprehensive driving lessons . We have been in business since 1969, boasting over four decades of driving experience. Our entire staff is caring and friendly, offering you the support you need during your driving courses. We make it a priority to stay flexible to your specific needs and schedule. We care about saving lives and reducing roadway costs, which is why we provide the instruction you need.

At Toms Driving Academy, we care about instilling safe roadway and driving habits in you. We offer driving courses in a variety of places in the local area, as well as at our Hillsboro classroom location. Whether you are an adult, a teenager, or a senior citizen, our instructors are here to help.

Classroom and Private Driving Lessons – Non ODOT Class:  $375

The classroom portion of this program is on Sunday afternoons from 2-4:30 pm at our Hillsboro location and should be completed in 4 consecutive weeks.  The driving portion is 3 – 2 hour drive sessions for a total of 6 driving hours.  You can start the classroom any Sunday of your choice.  This program goes year round except for major Holidays.

Student must go to DMV and take computer test if under 18

All ages must go to DMV to take on-road drive test

Cost of the program

Private Driving Lessons only – Non ODOT:  Price list for Drive Lessons Only

All drives are done in 1.5 hour or 2 hour sessions

$97.50 for 1.5 hours – $130.00 for 2 hours

6 or more hours would be $55.00 per hour

We can pick up and drop off at no additional charge (Depending on your location)

Cancellation Notice – You must give at least a 48 hour notice to cancel a scheduled drive or you will be charged a $50.00 late cancellation fee.

Thursday, 23 January 2020 8:35 PM


Leave a reply