Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Oregon
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- 1) Choose Your License
- 2) Take a Driver's Education Course
- 3) Prepare for the Test
- 4) Locate an OR Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Office
- 5) Make Test-Day Preparations
- 6) Take the Written Tests
- 7) Get a Car
- 8) Get Car Insurance
- 9) Take the Oregon Driving Test
- 10) Receive Your OR License In the Mail
You must have a valid driver's license in order to legally operate a motor vehicle in Oregon. Those applying for a new license will likely be either first-time drivers or newly arrived residents. The state has the following types of licenses:
- Class C provisional license
- Class C license
Most drivers will wind up with a Class C license. Those interested in driving a motorcycle can add the appropriate endorsement to their standard license.
If you're a teen please visit our section on applying for a new license for teens.
It is not a requirement for you to take a driver's education class, but it might be smart to do so. These classes offer an abundance of helpful and educational information that can help you become a safer driver.
On the day of the test be ready to:
- Provide acceptable proof of legal name.
- Show acceptable proof of legal presence, identity, and date of birth.
- Give acceptable proof of Social Security number.
- Provide acceptable proof of residency.
- Complete an application.
- Pass the vision test.
- Take the written knowledge test.
- Pay any applicablefees.
You'll need to provide a car that's safe to drive in order to take the road test. If you're looking for such a vehicle and are considering a used car, it's wise to order a vehicle history report prior to your purchase. Vehicle History Reports can show you if a car has a salvage title, if it has been designated as being flood-damaged, and if its odometer mileage is suspect.
You'll need to provide proof of insurance before starting the road test. If you need insurance, you can get a quick quote through our Insurance Center.
If you've recently moved to Oregon and have a valid driver license from your former state (or even a license that's expired for less than a year), you likely won't have to take the driving test.
When You Pass
If you're successful with the road test, you'll be given an interim license at the DMV office. You'll receive your permanent license in the mail.
You should receive your permanent license in the mail.
If you're visiting Oregon, and are a currently licensed driver from another country you may drive for a short time within the state. Carry your license with you whenever you're driving.
It might also be a good idea to also have an International Driver's Permit. This permit, issued by your home country, is a translation of your license and makes it understandable to U.S. officials.
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