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Driver-related Information For Military Personnel
Overview

This page provides links to driver licensing related information and answers to some frequently asked questions specifically for active military personnel, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

Use the links below to go directly to any section:

Residency/Domicile Requirements

Click here for general Oregon Driver License eligibility information (domicile information).

What if I'm in the military?
If you are in the military, you may provide a copy of your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) showing Oregon as your home of record. You must still provide your actual residence address, even if it is in another state.

I have my mail forwarded to me by a mail forwarding service provider. Can I provide DMV with their address?
You may use the address of a mail forwarding service provider as your mailing address, however, you MUST also provide your current residence address. This address should be where you are currently, physically residing.

Stationed Out-of-State

If you are temporarily stationed out-of-state on active military duty and your Oregon Driver License has been lost, stolen, mutilated, destroyed, or is about to expire, you may apply for a Valid-With-Previous-Photo (VWPP) license or permit.

To be eligible for a VWPP, you MUST have a photo on file that is not over nine years and two months old. If you do not have a photo on file or the photo is to old, DMV will not be able to issue a VWPP.

Note: If you are temporarily in Oregon on leave and need to renew or replace your Oregon Driver License, Permit or ID Card, you MUST apply in person at a DMV office. Please review the identification requirements before visiting the DMV office.

Ordering a Valid-With-Previous-Photo (VWPP) Packet
To order a VWPP packet, fill out and submit a driver-related online inquiry. In Step 3B of the form, you must provide the address where you want the VWPP packet mailed. You must also include a U.S. phone number and/or an email address where we can contact you.

Applying for a Valid-With-Previous-Photo (VWPP) Driver License/ID Card
After you receive your VWPP packet you will be required to:

  • Complete and sign a VWPP Driver License/ID Card Application;
  • Provide a copy, front and back, of your Military ID card, not expired;
  • Provide proof of your Social Security Number (SSN);
  • Complete and sign a VWPP Driver License/ID Card Proof of Good Cause/Waiver form;
  • Complete and sign a Certification of Oregon Residency and Domicile (Form 735-7182);
  • Provide a copy of your most current Leave Earning Statement (LES), showing Oregon as your home of record;
  • Not be suspended, cancelled, revoked or otherwise not eligible for a driver license or identification card in Oregon or any other jurisdiction;
  • If over 50 years of age and renewing your Oregon driving privilege you must also submit a completed Certificate of Vision (Form 735-24); and
  • Mail the completed application, all supporting documentation, and correct fee (check or money order) to Oregon DMV.

If you are a spouse or dependent of an active duty military service person stationed out-of-state you will be required to:

  • Complete and sign a VWPP Driver License/ID Card Application;
  • Provide a copy, front and back, of your spouse or dependent Military ID card, not expired;
  • Provide a copy, front and back, of your sponsoring military service person’s Military ID card, not expired;
  • Provide proof of your Social Security Number (SSN);
  • Complete and sign a VWPP Driver License/Identification Card Proof of Good Cause/Waiver form;
  • Complete and sign a Certification of Oregon Residency and Domicile (Form 735-7182);
  • Provide a copy of your sponsor's most current Leave Earning Statement (LES), showing Oregon as the home of record;
  • Not be suspended, cancelled, revoked or otherwise not eligible for a driver license or identification card in Oregon or any other jurisdiction;
  • If over 50 years of age and renewing your Oregon driving privilege you must also submit a completed Certificate of Vision (Form 735-24); and
  • Mail the completed application, all supporting documentation, and correct fee (check or money order) to Oregon DMV.
Stationed in Oregon

Military personnel stationed in Oregon MUST visit a DMV office to apply for a renewal or replacement driver license, permit or ID card.

Motorcycle Endorsement

If you are an active duty military person located out of the state, or their spouse or dependent, you may add a motorcycle endorsement to your valid Oregon Driver License while out of Oregon. You are required to provide a copy of your (or your sponsor's) current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) that shows Oregon as your home of record.

Ordering a Valid-With-Previous-Photo (VWPP) Packet
To order a VWPP packet, fill out and submit a driver-related online inquiry. In Step 3B of the form, you must provide the address where you want the VWPP packet mailed. You must also provide a U.S. phone number and/or an email address where we can contact you.

Applying for a Valid-With-Previous-Photo (VWPP) Motorcycle Endorsement
To apply for a motorcycle endorsement, you must:

  • Submit a copy of your Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) completion card (front and back), dated within 2 years or be able to provide other acceptable testing documentation, as noted in the testing requirements below;
  • Complete a motorcycle endorsement VWPP application packet; and
  • Mail the completed application, all supporting documentation, and correct fee (check or money order) to Oregon DMV.

Note: If you are in Oregon, you are not eligible to use the MSF BRC for any test waiver(s).

Testing Requirements
A copy of your MSF BRC completion card WAIVES BOTH the motorcycle knowledge and skills tests.

For the Oregon motorcycle knowledge test, any of the following are also acceptable:

  • An Oregon motorcycle instruction permit, not expired more than 1 year;
  • A passing score on DMV's system for the Oregon motorcycle knowledge test, taken within the last 2 years; or
  • A copy of your TEAM OREGON BRT course completion card (front and back) dated within 2 years of application.

For the Oregon motorcycle skills test, any of the following are also acceptable:

  • A copy of your TEAM OREGON BRT course completion card (front and back), dated within 2 years of the application;
  • A copy of your TEAM OREGON IRT course completion card (front and back), dated within 2 years of the application; or
  • A passing score on DMV's system for a motorcycle skills test, taken at Oregon DMV within the last 2 years. 

For the vision screening, either of the following are acceptable:

  • A Certificate of Vision (Form 735-24), indicating your vision meets Oregon's eyesight standards; or
  • A passing vision test on DMV's system, recorded within the last 2 years.
Name Change

If you are in the military stationed out-of-state and your name has changed, you may apply for a VWPP replacement. Follow the steps above for applying for a VWPP. Along with the requirements for the VWPP you must also provide proof of the legal name change. Any of the following are acceptable:

  • An official government issued marriage certificate/license (signed by a government official and including a filed date, stamp, seal or other notation showing that the document has been filed with a government agency);
  • A certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership issued by a city, county or state Vital Statistics agency;
  • A U.S. city, county or state court-issued divorce decree, judgment of dissolution of marriage, annulment of marriage decree, judgment of dissolution of domestic partnership, or annulment of domestic partnership;
  • A U.S. city, county or state court-issued adoption decree;
  • A U.S. city, county or state court-issued legal name change decree; or
  • A U.S. city, county or state court-issued custody decree or guardianship decree.

Note: Changing your name on your Oregon Driver License, Permit, or ID Card does not automatically change your name on your Oregon vehicle record, title or registration. You must apply for a name change for your Oregon title within 30 days of the name change.

Related Information

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