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Applying for a Driver License - Over 18
How to Apply

When you apply for a driver license, you must present proof that you are eligible. You can determine which documents you need to bring with you by viewing our acceptable proof list.

You must complete a Driver License/Permit/ID Card Application (Form 735-173). You can complete the application online and bring it with you to the office or you can fill one out at the office.

You must include your Social Security number on the application. If you don’t have one, you must provide proof that you are ineligible for a Social Security number.


You must take and pass a vision screening test, a knowledge test and a drive test. You can find the information you need to prepare for these tests in the Oregon Driver Manual.

You do not need to make an appointment to take the knowledge test; however, offices stop giving the knowledge test 1 hour before closing. Please plan your visit early in the day.

Knowledge tests are closed book. You are not allowed to talk, take notes, or use a cellphone or other electronic device while testing. If you are caught cheating, your test will be stopped immediately and you will not be allowed to test again for 90 days. You will be charged $5 for each knowledge test you take.

You can take knowledge tests in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese.

When you pass the knowledge test the DMV representative will give you information on how to make an appointment for a drive test. You cannot take a drive test before you pass the knowledge test.

You will be charged $9 to take a drive test. If you are turning in a valid driver license issued by a U.S. state, U.S. territory, Germany, South Korea or Taiwan, your drive test may be waived.


You will be charged $60 for your license once you have met all of the requirements.

DMV will take your photo. You must remove eyeglasses, sunglasses, contacts that significantly change the appearance of your eye, face paint, stickers, and any clothing or headgear that covers your face or distorts your appearance. If you have a bandage on your face, you may need to return to have your picture taken after the bandage is removed.

If you have an Oregon identification card or an Oregon driver permit or license, or any out-of-state or out-of-country driver license, you are required to turn it in to DMV when you get your interim card.

After you meet all requirements for the license and your photo has been taken you will be handed an interim card. This is your evidence of valid driving privileges until you receive your license in the mail. Your license will be mailed to the address you provide on the application.  The U.S. Postal Service will not forward driver licenses, so make sure that DMV has your current and correct address on record.