Most new drivers in Oregon are required to successfully complete a State-approved driver's education program in order to obtain an Oregon driver's license. In fact, for many applicants, the driver's education certificate of completion is part of the actual driver's license application.
WHO MUST TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATION
Oregon residents under the age of 18 must hold a learner's permit for a minimum of six months, and also complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a new license.
WHERE TO TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATION
Driver's education courses are offered through both public and private school programs, all of which must be approved by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Driving schools, licensed by the Department of Transportation, cover the same course content.
WHAT'S COVERED IN A DRIVER'S EDUCATION COURSE
While driver's education courses vary from one school to another, all licensed programs must include the following components:
- Thirty hours of classroom periods, focusing on issues including alcohol safety and drug abuse awareness, defensive driving, basic operating procedures, road skills, motorcycle awareness and organ and tissue donation.
- Twelve hours of in-car instruction sessions, equally divided into six periods of actual driving and six periods of observation time.
After the successful completion of the driver's education course, your driving school
will a send a copy of the completion certificate to the Oregon Department of Transportation, after which you may be issued a permanent driver's license. Drivers under the age of 18 must have their certificate signed and authorized by a parent or legal guardian, who must certify that the student has had at least 50 hours of driving practice.
In addition to the core requirements of a driver's education course, many driving schools in Oregon offer optional programs that focus on particular aspects of driver education. Specialized courses include Auto Insurance Discount Courses or Defensive Driving courses, either of which may qualify students for a discount on auto insurance. These and other courses may also enable students to get their license back sooner after a suspension. See our section on Oregon driving schools for more information.