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Get a Driver License - Under 18

 

Drivers under 18 years old can get a permit or driver license.  They are called:

To Get a Provisional Driver License

It's easy, just follow steps 1-2-3.  Be sure to read all the detailed information below.

 
  • Be 16 or 17 years old;
  • Have had an instruction permit​ for 6 months;
  • Get driver training; ​and
  • Complete 100 hours supervised driving experience, or 50 hours plus an approved Driver Ed course​.
Drive tests are by appointment only. There are two ways to get a drive test. ​You may not have to take a drive test if:
  • You’re new to Oregon and give us your out-of-state license. It can be expired up to 1 year.  You'll still have to take the knowledge test.
  • You turn in a hard plastic Driver Education Certificate of Completion card issued by the State of Oregon, Transportation Safety Division.
The next steps depend on where you scheduled your drive test; with DMV or a Class C testing business. Follow the steps for the choice you made. ​
  1. Fill out the application​ (with parent signature);
  2. On testing day, take it to the DMV office where you scheduled your test;
  3. Show proof of your physical address and legal presence/identity;
  4. Pass the Safe Driving Practices Test;
  5. Pass a vision test;
  6. Pass the drive test;
  7. Pay the $60 fee; and
  8. Get your picture taken.
  1. Pass the drive test;
  2. Fill out the application (with parent signature);
  3. Take the application and sealed envelope from the tester to a DMV office;
  4. Show proof of your physical address and legal presence/identity​;
  5. Pass the Safe Driving Practices Test;
  6. Pass a vision test;
  7. Pay the $60 fee; and
  8. Get your picture taken.

Detailed information

This is helpful and important information about getting a Provisional Driver License.

 
  • Your license will be mailed to the address on the application. If you move, it will not go to a forwarding address.
  • Photo Rules - These items are not allowed in a photo:
    • Eyeglasses;
    • Sunglasses;
    • Hat or head covering (other than religious);
    • Contacts that change the appearance of the eye;
    • Face paint;
    • Stickers or bandages; or
    • ​Anything that covers your face or changes your appearance.
  • ​​You must turn in any driver license or permit from any state or country, if you have one.
  • Your driving privilege cannot be suspended, cancelled, or revoked in any state.
After you get your provisional driver license, your driving is restricted as follows:
 
Until 18 Years of Age:
  • You cannot operate a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device, including talking on a cell phone and texting. Hands-free accessories are not allowed.
 
First Six Months:
  • You cannot drive with a passenger under age 20 who is not a member of your immediate family*; and
  • You cannot drive between midnight and 5:00 AM unless you are:
    • Driving between home and work.
    • Driving between home and a school event for which there is no other transportation available.
    • Driving for employment purposes.
    • Accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old.
 
Second Six Months:
  • You cannot drive with more than three (3) passengers who are under age 20 who are not members of your immediate family*; and
  • You cannot drive between midnight and 5:00 AM unless you are:
    • Driving between home and work.
    • Driving between home and a school event for which there is no other transportation available.
    • Driving for employment purposes.
    • Accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old.
 
*Passenger restrictions do not apply while driving with an instructor as part of a certified traffic safety education course or with a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian who has valid driving privileges.
 
Note: The passenger and night driving restrictions only apply until you are 18 or you have had your provisional license for one year, whichever comes first.

DMV will issue a replacement driver license if:

  • It is lost, stolen or damaged;
  • You have a change of name, address, or sex;
  • The card contains an error; or
  • You are reinstating your license.

You need to:

After you meet all the requirements:

  • You will get an interim card to use as proof of valid driving privileges.
  • The Post Office will not forward a driver license. Use your current mailing address on the application.

​We test your vision to confirm you can drive safely. If you take the test while wearing glasses or contacts, you will be required to wear them when you drive.

If you don’t pass the vision test, we’ll give you a form to take to your eye doctor.

There is no fee for this test. You can take this test up to 30 days before your 16th birthday.  Everything you need to pass the test is in the Oregon Driver Manual.

Details:

  • No appointment needed.
  • We stop giving the test 1 hour before closing.
  • Testing is on a touch screen computer.
  • There are 20 multiple-choice questions.
  • The test is available in:
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Arabic
    • Chinese
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Russian
    • Vietnamese

Rules:

  • No books.
  • No notes.
  • No phones.
  • No talking.
  • No electronic devices.
  • No cheating.
  • No-one else in the test area, unless you need a translator.

If you are caught cheating, your test will be stopped.  You will not be allowed to test again for 90 days.

If you fail the Safe Driving Practices Test, you must wait to take another test. The wait time after:

  • 1st, 2nd or 3rd failure is one day.
  • 4th or subsequent failure is 28 days.

The Drive Test fee at DMV is $9.  Bring a passenger vehicle with current registration and valid proof of insurance.

Details:

  • In this behind-the-wheel test, you will show your knowledge of:
    • Driving skills;
    • Traffic rules;
    • Highway signs; and
    • Signals.
  • The test includes:
    • Turning;
    • Backing up;
    • Parking;
    • Lane changes;
    • Speed control;
    • Signaling;
    • Vehicle control; and
    • General driving ability.

Rules:

  • Only you and the examiner in the vehicle.
  • No weapons.
  • No smoking.
  • Turn off all electronic devices.
  • Remove objects from dashboard and rearview mirror.

The examiner will sit in the front seat and give you directions.  They will discuss the results with you after the test.

If you fail the Drive Test, you must wait to take another test.  The wait time after:

  • 1st through 4th failure is 28 days.
  • 5th failure is 1 year from the first failed test.

You may not have to take a drive test if:

  • You’re new to Oregon and give us your out-of-state license. It can be expired up to 1 year.
  • You completed an ODOT-Approved Driver Education Course within the past two years and show the course completion card.

You need to bring a passenger vehicle with valid registration for the drive test.  The examiner will check it for the required equipment.  You will have to reschedule if your vehicle does not pass the equipment check.

Equipment that must work:

  • The vehicle starts under its own power;
  • Turn signals (front and back);
  • Brake lights;
  • Horn;
  • Passenger door opens and closes with handle from inside and outside;
  • Proper, secure and reasonably clean passenger seat;
  • Seatbelts;
  • Tires are not bald or damaged;
  • Muffler has no excessive leaks or unreasonable noise;
  • Display valid registration; and
  • Side view or rearview mirrors.
  • Nothing may obstruct the driver's or examiner's view to the front, side or rear of the vehicle.

You must show proof of insurance before a drive test. You can use:

  • A valid insurance card;
  • A current vehicle liability insurance policy or binder; or
  • A DMV Certificate of Self-Insurance showing you as the owner of the vehicle.

If weather conditions require, your vehicle must have studded tires or traction devices, windshield wipers, headlights, taillights and a window defroster.


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