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Quick Tips for Teens

Overview

This page provides teen-related tips for faster DMV service.  Reading through the information on this page will help you to be prepared so that you can get your DMV business accomplished quickly and in as few visits as possible.

Things to Take With You

Below is a list of the most commonly used documents that teens can provide to meet the requirements to get a driver license in Oregon.  The items on this list may not apply if you are not a U.S. Citizen or for other reasons.  Click on the requirement itself for a more complete list of documents that can be used to provide adequate proof.

Requirement​
Most Commonly Used Proof for Teens
Proof of Full Legal Name U.S. issued birth certificate or U.S. Passport/Card​
Proof of Legal Presence in the U.S., Identity and Date of Birth U.S. issued birth certificate or U.S. Passport/Card
Proof of Social Security Number Social Security Card​
Proof of Residence Address

A verbal statement from your parent or legal guardian, e.g., they must accompany you to the DMV office, and provide proof of their residence address (Driver License/ID Card).​
Parental Consent Parent or legal guardian's signature on the application form.​
Proof of School Enrollment, Completion or Exemption (the first time you apply for a driving privilege)
Statement of Enrollment (Form 735-7185), the form must be completed and signed by an authorized representative of your school, college or education service district (This form is only available through your school or educational service district office).
  
Note:  If you expect to apply for a license or permit when school is out, you need to think ahead and get a completed Statement of Enrollment (Form 735-7185) from your school while it is open.
 
Important Information
  • Visiting DMV - The busiest times (longest wait times) at DMV offices tend to be Mondays and Fridays, early mornings, late afternoons and around lunch time. If you can, pick some other time to conduct your business.
  • Testing - Most DMV offices halt all testing in the afternoon. Check the DMV office listing and call the office or drive test center nearest you. They can schedule a day and time for your drive test.
  • Test & Issuance Fees - Test fees are collected prior to testing. Issuance fees are collected after all requirements are met, including passing all required tests. Be prepared to make separate payments for testing and issuance fees respectively, where applicable. 
  • Types of Payment - All DMV offices accept cash or checks, but do not accept credit or debit cards. ATM machines are available at most DMV offices (check the individual office pages for details).
Related Information
Additional information that may be relevant includes: