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

Holding an Oregon drivers license is obligatory for new drivers who want to operate a motor vehicle on public roads within the state. The Oregon DMV drivers license is also an official identification document accepted by all government agencies. Before getting a drivers license, driving applicants will have to complete a set of requirements devised by the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV), such as passing a written drivers test and/or a driving skills exam.

Did you know? Oregon first-time drivers license applicants often fail the written driver's test on their first try. Therefore, get prepared for the actual exam by taking our practice driving tests.

How to Apply for an Oregon Driver's License:

  • Visit an OR DMV location.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pass the written drivers test.
  • Pass the road test.
  • Pay Oregon drivers license fees.

Continue reading the sections below for more information about getting an Oregon drivers license.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Oregon

Oregon residents, who want to get drivers licenses, need to complete an application. However, before completing the required form, they must decide which type of drivers license they want to apply for.

  • Class A, B and C Commercial Drivers License (CDL) - Issued to drivers who operate commercial vehicles.
  • Class C drivers license - Issued to drivers who operate motor vehicles.
  • Class C restricted drivers license - Issued to beginner drivers.

Note: No motorcycle license is available in Oregon. However, a special endorsement is noted on your driver's license if operating a motorcycle.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Oregon

First-time driving applicants in Oregon must obtain a learners permit as the first step in the process to get a Class C drivers license. The OR Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) has set specific requirements for applicants to meet in order to get a learners permit. Some of these requirements involve providing select documents and passing a series of exams.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Oregon New Drivers (Over 18)

New Oregon residents can apply for drivers license following the same application process as any other future driver. Even if you have an out-of-state drivers license, you will nonetheless be required to get it transferred at the Oregon DMV. Upon arriving at your nearest OR DMV, make sure to bring proof of established state residency, in addition to other necessary documents.

OR Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Drivers, who are 18 years of age and are required to pass a written drivers test, can take our practice driving tests to be fully prepared. Our practice tests cover a wide range of topics, including road rules and regulations. Each question is also similar to questions you can expect to find on the actual written DMV test.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in OR

Once you are ready to apply for an Oregon drivers license, visit the nearest DMV location with the correct documents in hand. Oregon drivers license applicants must gather the following items and present them to a DMV representative:

  • Completed Driver License Application.
  • Proof of full legal name.
  • Proof of legal presence in the U.S.
  • Proof of identity and date of birth.
  • Proof of Oregon residency.
  • Proof of your Social Security Number.

OR Eligibility Requirements

Oregon drivers license applicants must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for drivers licenses. Apart from submitting proper documentation to the OR DMV, driving applicants must also pass a vision screening and a knowledge test. Thereafter, you will need to schedule a DMV appointment for your road test. You must be ready to supply your own vehicle for this exam. Additionally, the vehicle must be fully insured and registered.

OR Written/Driving Test

To get drivers license in Oregon, driving applicants must pass a series of exams. The written drivers test is one such exam, which is also considered the Class C knowledge test. This exam contains questions about road signs, traffic laws and regulations. Get prepared for the Class C knowledge test by taking our online practice driving tests.

OR Driving Test

The Oregon drivers test examines the drivers license applicant's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle on public roads. In order to take this test, applicants must schedule a DMV appointment ahead of time. During a road skills test, drivers are tested on the following maneuvers:

  • Understanding and obeying traffic rules, signs and signals.
  • Turning and backing the vehicle.
  • Signaling.
  • Changing lanes.
  • Controlling the speed of the vehicle.
  • Demonstrating road courtesy and driving ability.

Passengers, interpreters, children and pets are not allowed in the vehicle during this exam. The only other individual who is permitted to be with you is the examiner himself.

New Oregon Resident

Drivers who have recently moved to Oregon must surrender their out-of-state drivers license upon moving to the state. Once new state residency is established, you can then begin the drivers license application process. Note that you will be required to provide all necessary documents that are also requested of a first-time driving applicant. In additionally, you may be asked to pass certain exams (if your driver's license is expired) and pay select fees.

After you get an Oregon drivers license, you will need to register and inspect your out-of-state vehicle. If your vehicle has not yet been registered and inspected, complete a VIN inspection immediately. A Vehicle Identification number (VIN) inspection determines whether the VIN on your vehicle is the same as the VIN on the title or ownership document. New Oregon residents must have a VIN inspection done at any Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Testing Station.

Replace Drivers License in Oregon

If your drivers license is lost, stolen or damaged, you will be required to get a drivers license replacement at your nearest Oregon DMV office. For more information on how to get a duplicate drivers license, click here.

Locate a DMV in Oregon

Browse through our Oregon DMV locations page to find an Oregon DMV in your area. Review phone numbers, hours of operation and other contact information for a number of branches close to you.

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