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Get a Driver License - Over 18

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ATTENTION:
  • If you are required to take a drive test – DMV is not conducting drive tests at this time. Please use a third-party testing service before you come to DMV for your appointment.
  • Please allow up to 20 days for your card to arrive. 
  • You should not be cited for an expired license or ID at this time. 
  • If you have not received your card after 20 days, you can check your card status on DMV2U.

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, permit, or ID Card from Oregon, another state or country if you have one.
  • 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. Note: Many government agencies and businesses, such as the Transportation Security Administration and Social Security Administration, do not accept the interim card as proof of identification. Check with the agency or business before you go to find out what documents they will accept.
  • You will get a limited term license if you are temporarily residing 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 you provide to DMV. 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:

  • Determine if you need a Real ID (there are additional requirements);
  • Go to a DMV office;
  • Show proof of physical address and identity, if limited term, show proof that your authorized stay is still in effect or has been extended;
  • Pass a vision test if you are 50 or older;
  • Pay the $40 renewal fee, or $70 for a Real ID; and​
  • Get your picture taken.

After you meet all the requirements:

  • You will get an interim card to use as proof of valid driving privileges. Note: Many government agencies and businesses, such as the Transportation Security Administration and Social Security Administration, do not accept the interim card as proof of identification. Check with the agency or business before you go to find out what documents they will accept.
  • Your license will be mailed to the address you provide to DMV. If you move, it will not go to a forwarding address.

DMV will issue a replacement driver license if:

  • It is lost, stolen or damaged;
  • You want a Real ID compliant card​ (you must visit a DMV office);
  • You have a change of name, address, or sex;
  • The card contains an error; or
  • You are reinstating your license​.

Replace online you need to:

  • Go online;
  • Answer security questions; and
  • Pay the $26 replacement fee, or $56 for a Real ID.

After you meet all the requirements:

  • You will get an online receipt to use as proof of valid driving privileges. Note: Many government agencies and businesses, such as the Transportation Security Administration and Social Security Administration, do not accept the online receipt as proof of identification. Check with the agency or business before you go to find out what documents they will accept.
  • Your license will be mailed to the address you provide to DMV. If you move, it will not go to a forwarding address.

Replace in a DMV office you need to:

  • Go to a DMV office;
  • Have proof of identity and full legal name, if you are changing your name; and
  • Pay the $26 replacement fee, or $56 for a Real ID.

After you meet all the requirements:

  • You will get an interim card to use as proof of valid driving privileges. Note: Many government agencies and businesses, such as the Transportation Security Administration and Social Security Administration, do not accept the interim card as proof of identification. Check with the agency or business before you go to find out what documents they will accept.
  • Your license will be mailed to the address you provide to DMV. If you move, it will not go to a forwarding address.

You can change your address:

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;
  • Your previous Oregon license or permit has been expired for over 1 year; or
  • You surrendered your Oregon license and now have a license from another state or country.

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

Details:

  • Schedule your appointment.
  • 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.

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 until the next business day.

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.



 

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