Behind the Wheel in Oregon
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Oregon Driver's Training
The Oregon Department of Transportation (DOT) Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) requires all teenage drivers to complete supervised behind-the-wheel training before obtaining a driver's license.
You also have the option of completing a driver's training course, which provides the benefit of behind-the-wheel practice with a certified driving instructor. Driver's training will also reduce the amount of behind-the-wheel practice you'll need to complete.
On this page you'll find information about your behind-the-wheel requirements and the next steps towards your first OR driver's license.
If you are younger than 18 years old, before getting your full driver's license you'll need to:
- Complete at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice AND a driver's training course.
- Complete at least 100 hours of supervised driving practice.
You can begin your behind-the-wheel/driver's training requirements when you are at least 15 years old by applying for your learner's permit and enrolling in driver's education.
For more information about the first steps towards your full driver's license in Oregon, please visit the following pages:
Driver's training with a driving instructor is a component of your Oregon Driver's Ed program, which will consist of at least:
- 30 hours of classroom instruction.
- 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
- 6 hours of in-car observation.
- 5 hours of guided practice with your parent/legal guardian.
For a complete list of Driver’s Ed programs in your area, please visit Oregon's driver's education website.
Completing a driver's training course will not only provide you with the benefit of learning from a professional driving instructor, but it will also:
- Reduce your total amount of required behind-the-wheel practice.
- Waive your DMV driving test, if you present a hard-plastic completion certificate.
With your Oregon DMV learner's permit, you can practice driving, as long a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old supervises you.
- If you have completed Driver's Ed, you'll only need to complete an additional 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice.
- If you did not complete Driver's Ed, you'll need to complete a minimum of 100 hours of supervised driving practice.
You and your driving supervisor can keep track of your supervised driving practice using the Oregon DMV Practice Driving Log.
Regardless of which supervised behind-the-wheel practice requirement applies to you, the time you spend practicing driving with your parent will better prepare you to pass your driving test and begin driving by yourself.
You'll be eligible to apply for your provisional driver's license with the OR DMV when you:
- Are at least 16 years old.
- Have held your learner's permit for at least 6 months.
- Have had no learner's permit suspensions, cancelations, or revocations.
- Have completed your supervised behind-the-wheel practice.
- Pass the driving test OR submit your hard-plastic Driver's Ed completion card.
For more information on additional documents, fees, and other requirements to obtain your first driver's license, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Oregon page.