Prior to the drive test the examiner will inspect your vehicle to ensure it can be safely and legally operated. If equipment is not working properly, the examiner may be unable to give the drive test. Your vehicle must be equipped with safety belts and have valid license plates or a temporary permit. Refer to the Oregon Driver Manual (English or Spanish) for more information regarding the vehicle inspection. If the vehicle does not pass the inspection you will have to re-schedule the drive test.
During the behind-the-wheel drive test, you show your driving skills and how you obey traffic rules, highway signs and signals. The test includes turning, signaling, backing, changing lanes, controlling speed, road courtesy and general driving ability.
Only you and the examiner are allowed in the vehicle during a driving test; the only exception is that a supervisor may go on a drive test to observe the examiner. Interpreters, children or pets cannot be in the vehicle during a test.
Private Party Drive Tests
In some areas, Drive tests are also available from a private party tester. Refer to the list of Certified Private Party Drive Test Examiners to locate a tester.
Failing the Test
If you fail this test and you are under 18 years of age, you must wait at least 28 days after each failure before retaking the test. You must also have had a valid Oregon Instruction Permit for at least one month before your next test. If you fail a fifth test, you must wait at least one year before taking another test.