Sept. 24, 2013
For more information: Shelley M. Snow, ODOT Public Affairs, (503) 986-3438
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Suggested lead: Oregon is almost finished with the phase out of motorcycle skills tests at DMV offices.
SALEM - As of Oct. 1, several DMV offices around the state – eight to be exact – will no longer offer motorcycle skills tests. Under legislation passed in 2009, Oregon is phasing in a rider education requirement and phasing out DMV skills tests. So you’ll want to find out where to take a class from Team Oregon instead of going to one of these offices:
David House: The eight offices are: Burns, Dallas, Florence, Hermiston, Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Ontario and The Dalles. :11
Public Information Officer David House said those Team Oregon classes are held around the state, throughout the year. You can find information about them online, or visit oregondmv.com and click on “motorcycle endorsements.” Then, you take the class.
David House: And after the basic rider training course, that certificate, in addition to your currently valid Oregon Driver license, will get you a motorcycle endorsement in Oregon. :10
The rider education requirement is being phased in by age, and it is reducing the need for on-site motorcycle skills tests at DMV field offices. There are still 16 DMV offices that offer motorcycle skills tests, but during 2013, if you are under age 51 when you apply for a motorcycle endorsement and you do not have a valid motorcycle endorsement from another state, you must complete that approved motorcycle rider education course. As of Jan. 1, 2015, the education requirement will apply to everyone.
Reporting from Salem, I’m Shelley Snow.
David House: What you do is go to Team Oregon, you can fid them online, or you can go to oregondmv.com, and look for the information on getting a motorcycle endorsement to find Team Oregon. :10
David House: Under legislation passed in 2009, Oregon is transitioning to a rider education requirement instead of a skills test at DMVs. :10