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Driver Improvement Program
Overview 

The goal of the Driver Improvement Program is to maintain the safety of Oregon roads by motivating people to drive safely and keeping unsafe drivers off the roads. If you have been convicted of multiple traffic offenses and/or preventable traffic accidents over a stated period of time, you may be subject to the Driver Improvement Program.

Depending on the number of offences and/or accidents, and the time period in which they occurred, DMV may restrict or even suspend your driving privileges. The types of offences that fall under this program include convictions for speeding, running a red light, and failure to signal a lane change.

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For a list of convictions which apply to the Driver Improvement Program, please see the Applicable Administrative Rules section below.

If You Are Under 18

DMV will restrict your driving privileges for 90 days to drive only for work purposes with no passengers except your parent, stepparent or guardian if you are under 18 years of age and have:

  • Two convictions, or
  • Two accidents, or
  • A combination of one conviction and one accident.

These restrictions are in addition to the restrictions placed on a driver in the first year of a provisional license. A conviction for violation of these restrictions could result in a suspension or revocation of your driving privileges.

If you receive a third conviction or accident, DMV will suspend your driving privileges for six months even if you turn 18 years of age during the suspension period. For each subsequent driver improvement violation or preventable accident after three, DMV will suspend your driving privileges or right to apply for driving privileges for six months, regardless of a previous or current Driver Improvement Program suspension (see Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 735-072-0023).

If You Are 18 or Older

DMV will restrict your driving privileges for 30 days if you are 18 years or older of age and have:

  • Three convictions, or
  • Three accidents, or
  • A combination that totals three in an 18-month period.

The restriction will not allow you to drive between Midnight and 5:00 AM, unless driving to and from work or when required for your job.

DMV will suspend your driving privileges for 30 days if you are 18 years or older of age and have:

  • Four convictions, or
  • Four accidents, or
  • A combination that totals four in a 24-month period.

Each subsequent driver improvement violation or preventable accident (anytime there are four or more violations within a 24-month period) will result in a suspension of your driving privileges or right to apply for driving privileges for 30 days, regardless of a previous or current Driver Improvement Program suspension (see OAR 735-072-0027).

Applicable Administrative Rules

For detailed descriptions of the Driver Improvement Program, see OAR 735-072-0020 & OAR 735-072-0027.

For a list of convictions where any violation listed is one strike in the Driver Improvement Program (1=1), see OAR 735-064-0220.

For a list of convictions where any five convictions is one strike in the Driver Improvement Program (5=1), see OAR 735-072-0035.

Related Information

Additional information that may be relevant includes: