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Getting an Instruction Permit - Over 18

To Get a Permit

Under 18?

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

Learn to Drive

Visit our Learn to Drive page for information about Driver Education courses.

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.
  • Your instruction permit 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.


An Oregon Class C  Instruction Permit allows you to drive a vehicle if you are with a person who:

  • Has a valid driver license;
  • Is at least 21 years old; and
  • Is sitting beside you.
  • An instruction permit is valid for two years from the date it is issued.
  • We do not send you a notice when your permit is about to expire.
  • If your permit is expired or about to expire, you can apply for another permit. You won’t be required to take the knowledge or vision test again unless your permit was expired for more than a year.

DMV will issue a replacement instruction permit if:

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

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 online form; and
  • There is no fee.

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.

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


  • 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


  • 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.

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