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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Oregon

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You can apply for a new driver's license at any of the DMV offices located throughout Oregon. Obtain an Oregon Driver's Handbook to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.


Following are the basic requirements for applying for an Oregon driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 16 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the provisional Class C driver licensing process. For additional details, see Teen Drivers and/or Instruction Permits for Teen Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests for non commercial Class C driver's license. See Practice Tests and Driver's Manual for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.
  5. Applicants must provide proof of Oregon residency and legal presence.
  6. Applicants must provide a valid Social Security Number.
  7. Applicants must provide proof of insurance.


Oregon residents holding a driver's license from another state will need to surrender their previous driver's license before applying for Oregon Class C driver's license.The written and/or driving tests are waived in some cases. Like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, insurance, social security number, residency and presence.
Non-US citizens over 16 years of age, residing in Oregon may apply for an Oregon driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Oregon permits a non-US citizen to drive for up to one year with an International Driver's Permit in the State. Note that an Oregon driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.


The cost for a non-commercial (Class C) 8-year Oregon driver's license is $59 and for Instruction permit it is $22.50.


The validity of an Oregon driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued.

  • For drivers over 21, the license is valid for eight years, after which it may be renewed.
  • For driver's with instruction permits, the license is valid for two years and cannot be renewed.


With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Oregon with an instruction permit. See more information on instruction permit here.


Submitted by buddie606 on 15th Feb 2014

How does a active duty

How does a active duty military renew a license if not in oregon?

Submitted by Fwahl on 3rd Dec 2013

What does it take to add

What does it take to add veteran to your current drivers license and how much does it cost

Submitted by reblechick509 on 14th Oct 2013

im 32 years old i just moved

im 32 years old i just moved to oregon from washington i dont have a drivers license at all i dont want a permit i just want my drivers license so i can get back an forth to work what do i need to do

Submitted by sheri mannix on 19th Jun 2014

How soon before my license

How soon before my license expires, can I get a new one?