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Emergency Driver Permit for Court Denial


This page provides information about getting an emergency driver permit for court denials.

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General Information

If DMV has suspended your driving privileges for Court Denial only and for no other reason, you may be able to get an emergency driver permit that allows driving privileges:

  • To and from work and on the job;
  • To and from school;
  • To and from medical treatment on a regular basis for you or a member of your immediate family; and
  • To and from grocery stores.

DMV will only grant driving privileges for the purposes listed above if no other means of transportation is available.

To Qualify/Apply

You must be 14 years of age or older to apply for an emergency driver permit. You are not eligible for a court denial emergency driver permit if you are suspended, canceled or revoked for any reason other than Court Denial. You can only apply at your local DMV office. The local DMV office manager will review the completed application and approve or deny the permit.

To verify eligibility, contact DMV at (503) 945-5000.

You will need to submit the basic requirements for an emergency driver permit:

  • A completed Court Denial Emergency Driver Permit Application (Form 735-9A), you can get the form from your local office;
  • Payment of the permit and reinstatement fees;
  • A Statement of Emergency;
  • Depending on the driving privileges requested, additional requirements may include:
    • Proof no other transportation is available;
    • Employment verification if driving for work; or
    • School administrator signature if driving for school; and
  • Your local sheriff's signature.

Take the completed application, with all required signatures and all requirements, to your local DMV office. The local DMV office manager will review your request and approve or deny the permit.


Emergency driver permits are issued for emergencies only and not for convenience. Emergency driver permits must be accompanied by a restriction letter which outlines exactly when and where you may drive; it will specify hours, days and routes. If you drive outside of these restrictions, law enforcement may cite you for driving while suspended. In addition, DMV may cancel your emergency driver permit and you will not be eligible for another permit for up to one year.