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Get a Driver License - Over 18

 

To Get a Driver License

Under 18?

You will have different things to do. The instructions for you are on our Teen Site.

Additional Requirements

  • You must turn in any driver license or permit from another state or country if you have one.
  • You must turn in any driver license or ID card you have from Oregon.
  • You cannot be suspended, cancelled, or revoked in Oregon or any other state.

Miscellaneous Information

  • You will get an interim card to use as proof of driving privileges.
  • You will get a limited term license if you are temporarily in the U.S.  Limited term licenses expire on the same date as your authorized length of stay, or in 1 year if your stay is indefinite.
  • Your license will be mailed to the address on the application. If you move, it will not go to a forwarding address.
  • Photo Rules - These items are not allowed in a photo:
    • Eyeglasses;
    • Sunglasses;
    • Hat or head covering (other than religious);
    • Contacts that change the appearance of the eye;
    • Face paint;
    • Stickers or bandages; or
    • Anything that covers your face or changes your appearance.

Renewing or Replacing a Driver License

When you can renew:

  • Up to twelve months before or after your license expires;
  • Six months after military discharge.
  • Out of state? Call DMV at 503-945-5000.

You will have to apply for a new driver license, pay the original fee and take tests if your license has been expired for more than a year.

You need to:

After you meet all the requirements:

  • You will get an interim card to use as proof of valid driving privileges.
  • The Post Office will not forward a driver license. Use your current mailing address on the application

DMV will issue a replacement driver license if:

  • It is lost, stolen or damaged;
  • You have a change of name, address, or sex;
  • The card contains an error; or
  • You are reinstating your license.

You need to:

After you meet all the requirements:

  • You will get an interim card to use as proof of valid driving privileges.
  • The Post Office will not forward a driver license. Use your current mailing address on the application.

To replace your sticker:

  • You must live at the same address;
  • Fill out boxes 1, 2, and 3b on the request form; and
  • There is no fee.

 

Testing Information

We test your vision to confirm you can drive safely. If you take the test while wearing glasses or contacts, you will be required to wear them when you drive.

If you don’t pass the vision test, we’ll give you a form to take to your eye doctor.
You are required to take the knowledge test if:
  • This is your first time to apply for an Oregon license or permit; or
  • Your previous Oregon license or permit has been expired for over 1 year.

The fee is $5 each time you take the test.  Everything you need to pass the test is in the Oregon Driver Manual.

Details:

  • No appointment needed.
  • We stop giving the test 1 hour before closing.
  • Testing is on a touch screen computer.
  • There are 35 multiple-choice questions.
  • The test is available in:
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Arabic
    • Chinese
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Russian
    • Vietnamese

Rules:

  • No books.
  • No notes.
  • No phones.
  • No talking.
  • No electronic devices.
  • No cheating.
  • No-one else in the test area, unless you need a translator.

If you are caught cheating, your test will be stopped.  You will not be allowed to test again for 90 days.

If you fail the knowledge test, you must wait to take another test. The wait time after:

  • 1st, 2nd or 3rd failure is one day.
  • 4th or subsequent failure is 28 days.

​You must pass the knowledge test before taking a drive test.  Drive tests are by appointment only.

There are two ways to get a drive test. 

  1. Schedule a test with DMV by calling 503-945-5000.
  2. Schedule a test with a Class C testing business​. 

The Drive Test fee at DMV is $9.  Bring a passenger vehicle with current registration and valid proof of insurance.

Details:

  • In this behind-the-wheel test, you will show your knowledge of:
    • Driving skills;
    • Traffic rules;
    • Highway signs; and
    • Signals.
  • The test includes:
    • Turning;
    • Backing up;
    • Parking;
    • Lane changes;
    • Speed control;
    • Signaling;
    • Vehicle control; and
    • General driving ability.

Rules:

  • Only you and the examiner in the vehicle.
  • No weapons.
  • No smoking.
  • Turn off all electronic devices.
  • Remove objects from dashboard and rearview mirror.

The examiner will sit in the front seat and give you directions.  They will discuss the results with you after the test.

If you fail the Drive Test, you must wait to take another test. The wait time after:

  • 1st failure is 7 days.
  • 2nd failure is 14 days.
  • 3rd and 4th failure is 28 days.
  • 5th failure is 1 year from the first failed test.

You may not have to take a drive test if:

  • You’re new to Oregon and give us your out-of-state license. It can be expired up to 1 year.
  • You completed an ODOT-Approved Driver Education Course within the past two years and show the course completion card.

You need to bring a passenger vehicle with valid registration for the drive test.  The examiner will check it for the required equipment.  You will have to reschedule if your vehicle does not pass the equipment check.

Equipment that must work:

  • The vehicle starts under its own power;
  • Turn signals (front and back);
  • Brake lights;
  • Horn;
  • Passenger door opens and closes with handle from inside and outside;
  • Proper, secure and reasonably clean passenger seat;
  • Seatbelts;
  • Tires are not bald or damaged;
  • Muffler has no excessive leaks or unreasonable noise;
  • Display valid registration; and
  • Side view or rearview mirrors.
  • Nothing may obstruct the driver's or examiner's view to the front, side or rear of the vehicle.

You must show proof of insurance before a drive test. You can use:

  • A valid insurance card;
  • A current vehicle liability insurance policy or binder; or
  • A DMV Certificate of Self-Insurance showing you as the owner of the vehicle.

If weather conditions require, your vehicle must have studded tires or traction devices, windshield wipers, headlights, taillights and a window defroster.

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