Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
Yes, you are required to complete one of two approved motorcycle training courses in order to get a motorcycle endorsement on your Oregon drivers license. Both course are offered by TEAM Oregon. Either course must be completed within two years of applying for a motorcycle endorsement.

If you are under the age of 21, you must take the Basic Rider Training (BRT) course. A BRT course can be taken in lieu of the motorcycle knowledge and the motorcycle skills tests.

If you are 21 and older, you may take the Intermediate Rider Training (IRT) course. The IRT course waives the motorcycle skills test only. The motorcycle knowledge test must be taken at the DMV office.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Yes, you are required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle in the state of Oregon. Oregon is the nation s leading state when it comes to motorcycle licensing and training practices. TEAM Oregon offers the state’s only approved motorcycle education course. Enclosed motorcycle operators are not required to wear a helmet or have a motorcycle endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, you cannot renew your Oregon CDL license online. You must renew in person at your local DMV office. At the time of application you must:

â–ª Pass a vision screening (only if you are age 50 or older at the time of renewal).

â–ª Present proof of legal name, legal presence in the US, date of birth, and identity.

â–ª Provide your Social Security Number on the application.

â–ª Pass a HAZMAT Knowledge test, if applicable.

â–ª Submit a copy of your medical certificate if one is not already on record.

You must also surrender your current CDL license to the Oregon DMV at the time of renewal.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I take the DMV written test online?
No, you cannot take the test for your drivers permit online for the state of Oregon. You have to visit a local DMV office to sit for the computer based test. Not all locations administer the test. No appointment is necessary. Test centers usually stop conducting tests one hour before closing time.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
If you hold an intrastate or ‘excepted interstate commercial drivers license, your driving privileges are relegated to travel within the state of Oregon. Though, there is a chance that while you may be only traveling within the state, you still may be involved in what is considered interstate commerce, therefore requiring a ‘non-excepted interstate CDL license. The Oregon DMV strongly recommends that you certify a non-excepted driving type so that you are free to go about interstate commerce without needless restriction. You must be at least 21 years old and meet certain federal requirements to qualify for a non-excepted CDL license.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
No, you do not need a motorcycle drivers license to operate a moped in the state of Oregon. A standard Class C driver s license allows you to operate a moped; however you need be at least 16 years of age. There is an option to get a moped-only drivers license as well, which is dependent on the results of a moped knowledge test.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
The state of Oregon does not require learner s permit holders under the age of 18 to complete a state approved driver s education course in order to apply for a driver s license. You must have performed one of the following set of requirements:

  • Completed a state approved driver s education course AND 50 hours of behind the wheel driving with a licensed driver who is 21 or older.
  • Completed 100 hours of behind the wheel driving experience with a licensed driver who is 21 or older.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
You may request to get a veteran designation on your Oregon ID card, driver s license, or permit. To do so you must request the veteran designation and show proof of being a qualified veteran at the time your ID card is issued. There is no extra fee associated with obtaining a veteran designation. You must apply for a veteran designation on your ID card in person at your local DMV office. Oregon DMV offices are closed on weekends, and hours vary by location.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
To apply for a CDL in the state of Oregon, you must either possess a regular driver s license or meet the qualifications for one. You must pass both the Class C noncommercial knowledge and drive tests before you can apply for a commercial drivers license. You must be at least 18 years old. Also, you must provide the following:

  • Proof of full legal name
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States, date of birth and identity
  • Proof of residential address
  • Social Security Number
  • Complete and sign a Commercial Driver License Application
  • Pass the CDL General Knowledge Test
  • Pass the test for which class you are specifically applying, (Class A, B, or C)

There are also testing and insurance fees associated with applying for a CDL in Oregon.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
If you would like to obtain an Oregon Instruction Permit or learner s permit and you are 18 years of age and older, you must apply in person with the following information:

  • Completed and singed copy of a Driver License Application
  • Provide:
    • Proof of full legal name
    • Proof of citizenship status
    • Proof of identity
    • Proof of date of birth
    • Social Security Number
  • Pass the knowledge test
  • Pass a vision screening
  • Pay the testing and instruction fees

If you are between 15 and 17 years of age and want to apply for an Oregon learner permit, in addition to the requirements listed above you must:

  • Submit a signed copy of a Driver License Application also signed by a parent or legal guardian
  • Provide proof of school enrollment, school completion, or school exemption

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
The state of Oregon issues a motorcycle endorsement to drivers 16 years and older. You must apply in person. In order to apply for a motorcycle license you must:

  • Be an Oregon Resident.
  • Hold or qualify for an Oregon drivers license.
  • Complete and sign a Driver License Application.
  • Present proof of legal name, legal presence in the United States, identity, date of birth, and residence address.
  • Provide your Social Security Number.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Complete an approved motorcycle education course or take the motorcycle knowledge and skills tests.

You must also pay a motorcycle endorsement fee.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
If your ID card has been lost, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed, you can apply for a replacement card. You must apply in person at the DMV office with the following information:

  • Completed ID card Application
  • Proof of full legal name
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States, date of birth and identity
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of residence address

You may be able to apply for an ID card renewal if your card is expired, or will expire within 14 months of applying for a replacement card.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

How do I renew my driving permit?
Your Oregon Class C instruction permit is valid for 24 months from the date that it was issued. It will not automatically renew. To renew your learner s permit, you must visit the DMV office and follow the same instructions used to obtain an original learner s permit with the exception of the knowledge test. You do not need to re-take the knowledge test unless your instruction permit has been expired for one year or more.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

How do I renew my ID card?
To renew your Oregon ID card, you must visit the DMV office and do the following:

  • Fill out an ID Card Application
  • Provide proof of full legal name
  • Provide proof of legal presence in the United States, date of birth and identity
  • Provide your Social Security Number
  • Provide proof of residence address, if it has changed

You must also pay the ID card renewal fee. If your ID card has been expired for more than one year, you cannot renew it. You must follow the procedure of applying for a new ID card.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
You must renew your medical report for your CDL at least every two years with the Oregon DMV. You may do so by sending a photocopy of your up-to-date medical card to the DMV. Submissions by post, email, fax, or direct from your employer are all acceptable. Make sure that you send a copy of both sides of the card. Copies of the long form, Medical Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination, are not accepted by the DMV, only a copy of the medical card need be sent. The driver is responsible for making sure that their most up-to-date medical card is on file with the DMV at all times.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
To renew your Oregon motorcycle license, you must visit your local DMV office. You have up to one year to renew your license after it expires. You must pay a renewal fee and provide the following information:

  • Completed and signed Driver License Application
  • Proof of full legal name, legal presence in the United States, identity, date of birth and residence address (if it has changed)
  • Pass a vision screening if you are 50 or older by the time your licence expires

At the time of application, you will receive an interim card to use until your new drivers licence arrives in the mail.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
If you are an active-duty military member, or a military spouse or dependent, you may obtain an Oregon motorcycle endorsement if you are located out of state. You must provide the DMV with a copy of the military member s current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) that shows Oregon as the home of record. You can apply by mail by completing a Valid with Previous Photo (VWPP) application packet and sending it in along with a copy of your approved motorcycle course training documentation, and the applicable fee (in the form of a check or money order), to the Oregon DMV:

DMV Headquarters

1905 Lana Ave. NE

Salem, OR 97304

Military personnel stationed in Oregon must visit their local DMV office to apply for a motorcycle endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
To get your driver s license in the state of Oregon, you must have had your learner permit for at least six months. You also must have completed 50 hours of driving experience behind the wheel. Your driving experience must be supervised by a driver who is 21 or older who has held a driver s license for at least three years.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
When applying for an Oregon ID card in person, residents are issued an interim ID card to use while waiting for the permanent identification card to arrive in the. It will take about 10 business days to receive a new ID card, and it will be mailed to the address on file with the DMV. DMV offices are closed on weekends, hours vary by location.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
Your Oregon state commercial driver s license is valid for eight years. At around two months prior to the expiration of your CDL, a renewal notice will be mailed to your address. You must renew your CDL in person at the DMV office. At the time of renewal you must:

  • Pass a vision screening (only if you are age 50 or older at the time of renewal).
  • Present proof of legal name, legal presence in the US, date of birth, and identity.
  • Provide your Social Security Number on the application.
  • Pass a HAZMAT Knowledge test, if applicable.
  • Submit a copy of your medical certificate if one is not already on record.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
If you are out of state and your ID card has expired or was lost, stolen or damaged and you need to renew or replace your ID card, you must do so upon your return to Oregon. You must apply in person at your local Oregon DMV office. The Oregon DMV offices are closed on weekends, and hours vary by location.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
In order to get an intrastate or ‘excepted interstate Oregon commercial driving license, you must be at least 18 years old. This license type is restricted to travel within the state of Oregon. You must be at least 21 years of age to qualify for a ‘non-excepted interstate CDL. In addition to the requirements of a non-excepted CDL, you must also meet all federal requirements for the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
You must be 16 or older to apply for a motorcycle license in Oregon. If you are under 21 you must complete a Basic Rider Training Course offered by TEAM Oregon or pass the motorcycle knowledge and skills test at the DMV. The Intermediate Rider Training Course is for those 21 and older. You can take the IRT in place of the motorcycle skills test but you must still take the motorcycle knowledge test at the DMV.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
The available endorsements on an Oregon CDL are the following:

  • Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Authorized to operate a vehicle carrying hazardous materials
  • Passenger Authorized to operate a vehicle designed to carry 16 or more passengers, but not a school bus
  • School Bus Authorized to operate a school bus transporting pre-primary, primary, and secondary students
  • Doubles/Triples Authorized to operate a vehicle pulling double or triple trailers
  • Tank Authorized to operate a tank vehicle

You are required to take the HAZMAT test each time you renew your CDL license.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
There is a schedule of fees associated with applying for a new or replacement Oregon ID card. All fees listed below are subject to change without notice.

  • Original ID card – $44.50
  • Renewal ID card – $40.50
  • Replacement ID card – $39.50
  • Limited term ID card – $20.00
  • Limited term ID card renewal – $18.00
  • Limited term ID card replacement – $39.50

The Oregon DMV office only accepts cash or checks as forms of payment. Credit and/or debit cards are not accepted at the DMV office. There are ATM machines available at many locations for your convenience.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
Your first year as a learner s permit holder in the state of Oregon includes the following restrictions:

First six months – You may not be accompanied by a passenger under the age of 20 years old who is not a member of your immediate family. In addition, you may not drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless:

  • You are driving between home and work.
  • You are driving between home and a school event and there is no other option for transportation.
  • You are driving for a job or other employment purposes.
  • You are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older.

Second set of six months You cannot drive with more than three passengers younger than 20 and who are not members of your immediate family. Beginning drivers also cannot drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless:

  • You are driving between home and work.
  • You are driving between home and a school event and there is no other option for transportation.
  • You are driving for a job or other employment purposes.
  • You are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older.

Until you reach the age of 18 you cannot use a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle. This restriction includes the use of hands free accessories.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
In order to be medically certified to obtain a CDL in the state of Oregon, you must pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical examination by a licensed medical examiner. Only those medical professionals listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners may be used. Medical examiner’s certificates are valid up to two years and some medical conditions may require that you have a medical exam done more frequently. The medical screening includes a hearing, vision seizure, diabetes and use of limbs standards.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
There are increasing penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a learner s permit. Violating the restrictions of your provisional license is also considered a Class B traffic violation. If you get two traffic violations then your driving privileges will be restricted for three months. Under restriction, you may only drive to school or work and you are not allowed to carry passengers, with the exception of a parent or legal guardian. If you get another traffic violation after that then your driving privileges will be suspended for six months.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
You can apply for a three-wheel restricted motorcycle endorsement at your local Oregon DMV. To qualify, you need to pass the motorcycle knowledge and the motorcycle skills tests. There are no fees to take these tests. The motorcycle skills test is only offered at the following locations:

Beaverton

10280 SW Park Way

Euguene Drive Test Center

2870 W 10th Place

Medford Drive Test Center

1174 Progress Dr. Suite 103

Salem, North

3809 Center St. NE

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
The following are required to obtain a learner s permit in the state of Oregon:

  • One proof of full legal name
  • One proof of citizenship status
  • One proof of identity
  • One proof of date of birth
  • Social Security Number

Documents needed to apply for a learner s permit in Oregon must be originals or certified copies from the applicable agency.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
In order to apply for a motorcycle license in the state of Oregon you need to provide:

  • Proof of full legal name.
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States.
  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of date of birth.
  • Proof of residence address.
  • Social Security Number

In addition to the requirements listed above you also need to provide a completed and signed Driver License Application.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
To obtain an Oregon motorcycle licence, you need to pass a motorcycle knowledge and a motorcycle skills test. In lieu of taking the knowledge and skills tests at the DMV, motorcycle license applicants may complete a motorcycle rider education course provided by TEAM Oregon. The Basic Rider Training (BRT) course is for applicants under the age of 21. The Intermediate Rider Training (IRT) course is for applicants 21 and older.

Learning motorcycle riders who take the IRT course must still take the motorcycle knowledge test at the DMV. You must apply for your motorcycle endorsement within two years of completing either course. If you carry a motorcycle endorsement from a jurisdiction within the United States or Canada, then you only need to take the knowledge test to get your Oregon motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
If you are convicted of driving under the influence as the holder of an Oregon CDL, your commercial driving privileges will be suspended for at least one year. If you are convicted of a DUI two times or more, your CDL suspension will be for life. However, after 10 years you may qualify for reinstatement. If you are once again convicted of a DUI after a reinstatement, you will be suspended for life and no longer eligible for reinstatement.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What is an ID card?
An ID or identification card is a non-driver identification card that is issued to residents of Oregon. Residents of all ages can apply for an ID card if you do not already have a driver s license or permit. ID cards issued to US citizens or permanent residents are valid for up to eight years. If you are a temporary citizen you may qualify for a limited term ID card that is based upon the length of your stay in the country. You may apply for an ID card at your local Oregon DMV.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

What is the passing score for a written test?
You must take the computer-based Class C knowledge test in order to obtain a driver s permit in the state of Oregon. The test consists of questions about road signs and traffic laws. Once you take the test, scores are valid up to two years from the date that the test was taken. To find out what score you need to pass the Oregon driver permit test, contact your local Oregon DMV office.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
The information needed to pass the Oregon Class C driver’s permit knowledge test is located in the Oregon Driver Manual. Those under the age of 18 must take the Safe Driving Practices Test in order to get their driver’s license. This test may be taken within 30 days of one’s 16th birthday. The tests are available to take in several languages including Spanish. An audio version of the test is also available.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
To obtain an Oregon commercial drivers license, you must pass the CDL General Knowledge test and the CDL Skills Test. You may also have to take an additional test depending on the requirements of the CDL class (Class A, B, or C) and endorsements for which you are applying. The knowledge and skills tests are only available in English. Information needed to pass the tests is located inside the Oregon Commercial Driver Manual. If you hold a commercial driver s license from another jurisdiction, the Oregon DMV will waive all knowledge tests with the exception of the HAZMAT test. You must surrender your current CDL for a comparable Oregon CDL.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

When does my ID card expire?
Your Oregon ID card expires eight years from the date that it was issued. You may renew your ID card 14 months before it expires. You must renew your ID card in person at your local DMV office and pay a renewal fee. If your ID card has been expired for more than one year, you will have to apply for a new card and pay the new ID card fee. Temporary residents of the United States may qualify for limited term ID card. The term is based upon your length of stay in the country.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

Where can I obtain an ID card?
You can get an ID card at any Oregon DMV office. New ID cards can be issued to any resident of Oregon who does not already hold an ID card, driver s license or permit from Oregon or any other jurisdiction. You must present proof of your name, legal presence in the United States, date of birth, identity, residence address and your Social Security Number in order to apply for an Oregon ID card. After you apply for an ID card in person at your local DMV office, you will be issued an interim card to use until your permanent card arrives in the mail.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
If you are under the age of 18, you must have a biological or adoptive parent or legal guardian sign for your driver s permit or driver s license. If you are under 18 and married, you do not require the signature of a parent or guardian to obtain a driver s license or driver s permit in the state of Oregon. You must show proof of marriage. Emancipated minors must show proof of such judgment in order to waive the parent/guardian signature.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon