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Driver & ID-related FAQs

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Accidents

I was in a collision and the other person did not have insurance, what do I do?
If you were in a collision and the other person did not have insurance, you can report the collision to DMV. You must clearly indicate on the accident report that the accident does not meet mandatory reporting criteria in order to keep it from appearing on your record. 

I was in an accident, do I have to file an accident report?
You must file an Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report (Form 735-32) with DMV within 72 hours when:

  • Damage to the vehicle you were driving is over $1,500;
  • Damage to any vehicle is over $1,500 and any vehicle is towed from the scene as a result of damages from this collision;
  • Injury or death resulted from this collision; or
  • Damages to any one person's property other than a vehicle involved in this collision is over $1,500.

How soon do I need to file an accident report?
Within 72 hours of the collision.

Address Changes

How do I change my address on my driver license or vehicle registration?
You may choose from the following options: 

I have just moved; how long do I have before I must notify DMV?
You must notify DMV of an address change within 30 days.

Is there a fee for an Address Change?
No.

My address sticker has become hard to read; can I get a replacement?
If your address sticker is mutilated or has become unreadable and you still live at the same address, you can request a replacement sticker at no cost by calling DMV at (503) 945-5000 or submitting a driver-related online inquiry and saying what it is you need and why.

Commercial Drivers

How do I get a commercial driver license (CDL)?
The qualifications needed to obtain and hold a CDL are dependent on the type of driving you do or intend to do and the type of driving you certify.

How do I renew my CDL?
You must renew your CDL in person at a DMV office. You can renew your driver license up to 14 months before the expiration date and one year after the expiration date.

How do I replace my CDL?
You must apply for a replacement CDL in person at a DMV office.

Disabled Person Parking Permits

How do I get a disabled person parking permit?
Follow the How to Apply on the Disabled Person Parking Permit page.

How long is a disabled person parking permit valid?
The valid term varies by the type of permit.

How much do disabled person parking permits cost?
There is no fee for a disabled person parking permit.

Who qualifies for a disabled person parking permit?
You must meet the definition of a disabled person as outlined in ORS 801.387.

If I move out of state, do I have to return my permit? 
Yes, you must return your disabled person parking permit to the Oregon DMV either before or immediately after you move. 

How do I return a permit? 
Permits may be returned in person at a DMV office or by mail. If returning a permit by mail, please include a note with a brief explanation of why it is being returned.

Is my out of state permit valid in Oregon?
Yes.

What are disabled person license plates?
The only disabled person license plates issued by DMV are Disabled Veterans Plates and they do not allow parking in disabled person parking spaces.

Driver Licenses and ID Cards

Does Oregon DMV issue an enhanced license or ID card that allows border crossing?
Oregon DMV does not issue a special driver license or ID card that serves as a passport to allow U.S. citizens to cross international borders. This type of 

How do I get a driver license or instruction permit if I am over 18?
You must apply for a driver license or permit in person at a DMV office.

How do I get a driver license or instruction permit if I am under 18?
You must apply for a driver license or permit in person at a DMV office.

How do I get an ID card?
You must apply for an ID card in person at a DMV office.

How do I renew my driver license or ID card?
You must renew your license or ID card in person at a DMV office.

How do I replace a damaged/illegible address sticker?
If your address sticker is mutilated or has become unreadable and you still live at the same address, you can request a replacement sticker at no cost by calling DMV at (503) 945-5000 or submitting a driver-related online inquiry and stating what you need and why.

How do I replace an ID card, license or permit?
You must apply for a replacement ID card, license or permit in person at a DMV office.

If my license expires am I required to retake all the tests to get a new license?
You can renew your driver license up to a year after it expires without testing.

My driver license, permit or ID card was lost or stolen, what do I need to do? 
You must apply for a replacement ID card, license or permit in person at a DMV office.

What is needed in Oregon to operate a motorcycle?
You need a motorcycle endorsement on your driver license.

What will it cost to get an Oregon Driver License, ID Card or Permit?
The cost depends on a variety of factors. See our fees list to find out your cost.

How do I change my name on my driver license/ID card? 
You must apply for a replacement ID card, license or permit in person at a DMV office.

Fees

Can I pay using a credit or debit card? 
Yes, all DMV offices accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards for payment.

Who determines how much DMV charges?
DMV's fees are established and maintained by the Oregon legislature, and revenues are used to recover costs and replenish the state's Highway Fund.

Insurance and SR-22

What insurance coverage am I required to have?
Oregon's mandatory insurance law ORS 806.010 requires every driver to insure their vehicle. The minimum liability insurance a driver must have is noted on our Insurance page.

What happens if I drive without the required insurance coverage?
Driving without liability insurance could result in fines, suspension of your driving privileges, and your vehicle could be towed. If your vehicle is towed, you are subject to the towing and storage fees. This is in addition to any fines you may have to pay.

What is an SR-22?
An SR-22 is a certificate from an Oregon-licensed insurance company, an eligible surplus lines insurer as defined in ORS 735.405, or a risk retention group as defined in ORS 735.305. The insurer certifies on the SR-22  that you have purchased liability insurance that meets the minimum required limits of coverage and files the certificate with DMV. An SR-22 is proof of "future responsibility" and is posted to your driving record.

How long am I required to have an SR-22?
The SR-22 is required for three years from the beginning of the requirement, except for purposes of a hardship or probationary permit.

If I am not in Oregon, why do I have to file an SR-22 there?
You need to file an SR-22 certificate with Oregon if you live out of state and have an SR-22 requirement in Oregon. Oregon records all suspensions on a national computer system. Oregon law prohibits DMV from clearing the national system before all requirements are met, including an SR-22 filing. Most states check the national system prior to, or after issuing you a driver license. Most states will cancel or suspend your driving privileges if you are suspended in another state.

Miscellaneous

What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock device (IID) is a breath analyzer able to detect the presence of alcohol. It connects into a vehicle's ignition system. Prior to starting a vehicle equipped with an IID, the driver must provide a breath sample by blowing into the device. The IID will prevent the vehicle from starting if the alcohol content in the driver's breath sample exceeds a preset limit.

When is the best time to visit a DMV office?

  • Before noon.
  • Middle of the week.
  • Middle of the month.
Reinstating Your Driving Privileges

How do I reinstate a driving privilege?
You may reinstate your driving privilege by mailing the required materials and payments to DMV Headquarters. Also, driving privileges for some suspensions and revocations may be reinstated at your local DMV office. You must meet all legal obligations and pay a reinstatement fee. Reinstatement may be denied if you have a current suspension or revocation in another state.

How do I request a clearance letter?
Call DMV at (503) 945-5000, write, or submit an online inquiry to request a letter.

I moved out of state, but just received a suspension notice. What do I do now?
Moving out of state does not stop Oregon DMV from suspending your driving privileges. You will need to clear the sanction in Oregon because all other states are notified by computer of your suspension. Another state may choose to not issue you a license, depending on their laws. You may also risk being issued a Driving While Suspended ticket. Contact DMV and be sure to include your Oregon license number or full name and date of birth in your request.

I do not live in Oregon. Why do I have to pay a reinstatement fee?
Oregon reports all suspensions to a national computer system, which may prohibit another state from issuing any type of driving privilege. In order to clear the action on the national system, all requirements in Oregon, including the reinstatement fee, must be met. Regardless of when the action took place, there is no waiving of the fee just because the person is not in Oregon. 

Oregon DMV shows I have a suspended license. I have never applied for or been issued an Oregon license. I have a valid license from another state, what should I do?
Call DMV's Customer Assistance Unit at (503) 945-5000 and we will check to see why you have been suspended. You don't have to have been issued an Oregon driver license for Oregon to suspend your driving privileges. The most common reason for suspension of non-residents is one or more unpaid tickets or an accident that was not reported. You will still need to meet all Oregon requirements including a reinstatement fee to clear the problem. 

Social Security Number

​What if I don't have a Social Security Number?
If you do not have an SSN and are eligible for an SSN, you must get one before DMV will issue a driving privilege or ID card. If you are not eligible for an SSN, you must present proof that you are not eligible for an SSN every time you apply for a driving privilege or ID card.

Who will see my Social Security Number?
DMV takes the responsibility to safeguard personal information very seriously. DMV employees receive training on how to safeguard records and are required to follow state and federal privacy laws. Your SSN will not be displayed on your driver license, permit or ID card, or released on DMV records. Access to your SSN is allowed only to qualified government agencies.

Why is DMV collecting Social Security Numbers?
Oregon Vehicle Code 807.021 requires DMV to collect and verify your SSN if you apply for a driver license, permit or ID card unless you are not eligible for an SSN. If you are not eligible for an SSN, DMV must view proof that you are not eligible for an SSN.

Suspensions

My license was suspended, revoked or cancelled and the notice I received indicates that I may request an administrative review, what is an administrative review?
An Administrative Review is DMV’s review of the documents we received from either a court or another authority that led to a sanction placed on your driver record. They are done upon request to verify that:

  • Something was not erroneously placed on your driver record; and
  • All appropriate laws and rules were followed by DMV.

How do I submit an administrative review request?
If you would like to request an Administrative Review you can:

  • Submit an online request;
  • Fax a request (Attention "Administrative Review Request") to (503) 945-5497; or
  • Mail or personally deliver a request to:

Administrative Review Request
1905 Lana Avenue NE
Salem, Oregon 97314

Under 18/Student-Related

I'm a minor. How long do I need to have an instruction permit before I can take the drive test?
Your instruction permit must have been valid for at least six months before you can take the drive test.

I have an instruction permit. Who can ride with me while I'm driving?
A provisional instruction permit allows you to operate a vehicle only if you are accompanied by a person who:

  • Has a valid driver license;
  • Is at least 21 years of age; and
  • Is sitting beside you.