May 27, 2014
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Oregon will finish phasing in a rider education requirement in place of skills testing by 2015
DMV will discontinue motorcycle skills testing at nine field offices as of June 1, 2014. The nine offices are: Albany, Baker City, Cave Junction, McMinnville, Pendleton, Roseburg, Southeast Portland, St. Helens and Tillamook.
Under legislation passed in 2009, Oregon has been phasing in a rider education requirement in place of DMV skills testing. As of Jan. 1, 2015, the education requirement will apply to all applicants because the phase-in of the rider education requirement will be complete. The approved motorcycle rider education course is provided by TEAM Oregon.
You can get a motorcycle endorsement on your currently valid Oregon driver license by presenting a rider education certificate from TEAM Oregon at a DMV field office.
The rider education requirement is being phased in by age. During 2014, if you are under age 61 you must complete an approved motorcycle rider education course if you do not have a valid motorcycle endorsement from another state. If you are older than 61, you have the option of passing a motorcycle endorsement knowledge test and a motorcycle skills test at DMV until the end of 2014. As of June 1, seven DMV field offices will provide motorcycle skills testing until the end of the year. Those offices are Beaverton, Coos Bay, Eugene, La Grande, Medford, North Salem and Prineville.
DMV will continue to offer skills testing for three-wheel motorcycles because the law does not require rider education for those vehicles, and the TEAM Oregon program is designed for two-wheel motorcycles. When you are ready to call to make a skills test appointment with a three-wheel vehicle, you will be able to choose the most convenient DMV office that conducts these tests.
For details on obtaining a motorcycle endorsement, visit the DMV website.
For all DMV services, DMV suggests that you first check www.OregonDMV.com before visiting a field office in person. Customers can complete some DMV business online or find out how to make their visit as efficient as possible.