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  • Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Oregon

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    1) Choose Your License

    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:

    • Commercial
    • 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.

    2) Take a Driver's Education Course

    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.

    3) Prepare for the Test

    The best way to get ready for the written test(s) you'll need to take is to study the Oregon Driver Manual. Be confident that you're ready by taking a few practice tests.

    4) Locate an OR Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Office

    Plan to take your written test at a nearby DMV office. An appointment isn't necessary for your written test, but it is required for the driving test you'll face later on in the licensing process.

    5) Make Test-Day Preparations

    On the day of the test be ready to:

    6) Take the Written Tests

    Be sure to study the state's driver's manual, take some practice tests, and have all the required paperwork before going to the DMV office.

    7) Get a Car

    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.

    8) Get Car Insurance

    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.

    9) Take the Oregon Driving Test

    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.

    10) Receive Your OR 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.


    To obtain an Oregon license, you'll need to meet various residency and identification requirements.