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Out-of-State Drivers in Oregon

Driving in Oregon

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Residents of other states operating vehicles in Oregon must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid out-of-state driver license, or be at least 15 years of age and have a valid out-of-state instruction permit.
Out-of-state instruction permit holders must abide by the same driving restrictions as a person with an Oregon instruction permit.
While driving in Oregon, your vehicle must have valid license plates, title and registration, or an acceptable trip permit from your resident state, and be sufficiently insured.
Your auto insurance should be valid while you are visiting in Oregon, as long as your premium is paid. You need to have proof of insurance with you when operating a motor vehicle. If you do not have proof and are stopped by law enforcement, they can cite you. If you are cited, you must prove to the court that you had sufficient insurance on the day the officer issued the citation or you will be subject to Oregon's Financial Responsibility Law.

Special Recreational Parking Permits
Visitors to Oregon that wish to go skiing or play in the snow need to be aware that a valid Sno-Park Permit must be displayed in the windshield of vehicles parked in designated winter recreation areas (Sno-Parks) between November 15 and April 30.
Permits are sold at all DMV offices and by permit agents in resorts, sporting goods stores, and other retail outlets.
Note: Agents are allowed to charge an additional service fee for each permit they sell.

Becoming an Oregon Resident
You must get an Oregon driver license, ID card or instruction permit when you become an Oregon resident, even if your out-of-state driver license, ID card or instruction permit has not yet expired. When Oregon DMV issues a driver license, ID card or instruction permit, you must surrender any driver license, instruction permit or ID card you have from another state.

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