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Getting a Driver License - Over 18
Overview

This page provides information about obtaining an Oregon Driver License if you are 18 years of age or older. There are additional requirements if you are under the age of 18 or applying for a commercial driver license (CDL).

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    General Information

    While driving a motor vehicle on highways or premises open to the public in Oregon, you must have either a valid driver license or instruction permit in your possession. If you are a resident of another state, click here for information.

    If you are over the age of 18 and need to gain driving experience before getting your driver license, you may obtain an instruction permit.

    Oregon driver licenses issued to U.S. citizens and permanent residents are valid for an 8 year period. Licenses issued to qualified temporary residents are valid for a limited term that is based upon their authorized length of stay in the country.

    To Qualify/Apply

    You must apply in person at a DMV office, and you must:

    After you meet the requirements, you are issued an interim card to use until you receive your license in the mail.

    If you surrender a previous driver license, instruction permit or Oregon ID Card, it is hole-punched and returned to you. The hole-punched card is not valid by itself, but may be used as additional proof of identity with the interim card.

    Driving Privileges

    With a Class C driver license you may operate:

    • Any car or single vehicle (moped, passenger car, van, or pickup) for which a CDL or motorcycle endorsement is not required;
    • Any emergency fire vehicle, regardless of the weight of the vehicle or combination of vehicles. The driver must be a firefighter as defined in ORS 652.050;
    • Any emergency vehicle when the vehicle is operated by an emergency service volunteer as defined in ORS 401.358; and
    • Any motor home for personal use, regardless of the weight of the vehicle or combination of vehicles. Motor homes for personal use have not been included in the definition of commercial motor vehicles in ORS 801.208 and, therefore, operators are not required to possess a commercial driver license.
    Related Information

    Additional information that may be relevant includes: