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Oregon Driver Manual - Table of Contents

Oregon Driver Manual - Online Edition

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The purpose of the Oregon Driver Manual is to help drivers prepare for Oregon licensing tests by providing a summary of rules of the road and safe driving practices.

This manual condenses and paraphrases selected language in the Oregon Revised Statutes. It also provides safety recommendations not included in law. This manual is not a source of law and should not  be relied upon or cited as legal precedent in a court of law or other administrative or legal proceeding. Local governments may have additional ordinances not covered in this manual.

To operate a motor vehicle on highways or premises open to the public in Oregon, you must possess a valid driving privilege. This manual only addresses requirements for obtaining a Class C non-commercial driving privilege.

While you may take the Oregon Knowledge Test as many times as you need, it is highly recommended that you study and review the Oregon Driver Manual to ensure you pass the Knowledge Test the first time! For more information on our Pass/Fail rates, please visit our Statistics page.

Note: This manual is available in audio format in English and Spanish, and in PDF form, also in English or Spanish. In order to view important illustrations and diagrams, we recommend you use the online manual along with the audio version.

Important message to driversPhoto of DMV Administrator
The Oregon Driver Manual will help you learn the rules of the road and understand safe driving practices. New drivers are much more at risk because of their lack of experience behind the wheel. If you are learning to drive, one of the best ways to improve your safety is to get useful instruction and plenty of practice. This manual provides information about rules of the road that you will need to pass the knowledge test. If you already have an Oregon driver license, review this manual for new laws and safe driving practices.

Whether traveling by car, transit, bicycle, scooter or on foot, we all want to reach our destination safely. It is important to remember that driving is a privilege, and we all play a role in ensuring that everyone remains safe on our roadways. Each one of us has a responsibility every time we get behind the wheel of a vehicle to choose to be attentive, obey traffic laws, and share the road with other drivers, people riding bicycles and those who walk and roll.

Unfortunately, every day, too many drivers choose to drive distracted or in a careless way, risking the lives of themselves, their passengers, and other people sharing the road. Driving impaired - after drinking alcohol, using cannabis, or any other substance that alters your mind, or focusing on a phone or other electronic device instead of the road, or driving aggressively, puts everyone at risk. At best, you may lose your license. At worst, you may lose your life or cause someone else’s death, including that of a loved one.

We need to look out for each other, share the road, and ensure that everyone reaches their destination safely!

Amy Joyce - DMV Administrator