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    Applying for a Teen Driver’s License in Oregon

    If you are a teenager applying for your first driver’s license, you’ll need to satisfy the young driver requirements of the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV).

    The steps you’ll need to complete in order to obtain your first unrestricted driver’s license will help you develop the skills necessary to become a safe driver and pass your DMV road test.

    On this page you’ll find information about the Oregon DMV young driver requirements and the steps you’ll need to take to obtain your new driver’s license.

    Oregon Teen Licensing Program & Restrictions

    If you are a teenager younger than 18 years old, you’ll need to complete the young driver requirements of the Oregon DMV.

    As a new driver, you’ll go through the following stages:

    • Instruction permit/learner's, which allows you to drive with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old and is sitting in the passenger seat.
    • Provisional license (first 6 months), which allows unsupervised driving, but prohibits:
      • Driving with a passenger younger than 20 years old, unless he or she is an immediate family member.
      • Driving between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., unless for work or school purposes, or while you are accompanied by a licensed adult at least 25 years old.
    • Provisional license (second 6 months), which allows unsupervised driving, but prohibits:
      • Driving with more than 3 passengers younger than 20 years old, unless they are immediate family members.
      • Driving between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., unless for work or school purposes or you are accompanied by a licensed adult (at least 25 years old).
    • Unrestricted Oregon driver’s license.

    Age Requirements

    The minimum ages to begin each phase of the Oregon DMV teen driver program are as follows:

    • Learner’s permit: 15 years old.
    • Provisional license: 16 years old.
    • Unrestricted driver’s license: 18 years old.

    Oregon Learner’s Permit

    Once you turn 15 years old, you can begin the steps towards your first driver’s license by applying for a learner's permit.

    To apply, you’ll need to visit your local Oregon DMV office and:

    • Submit a completed Application for Driving Privileges or ID Card (Form 735-173) with your parent/legal guardian’s signature.
    • Provide proof of your school enrollment, completion,or exemption.
    • Provide proof of your identity, birth date, residency, legal presence, and Social Security number. (Visit the Oregon DMV website for a complete list of acceptable documents.)
    • Pass a vision exam.
    • Pass the OR DMV written test.
    • Have your picture taken.
    • Pay the $5 written test fee and the $23.50 learner’s permit fee.

    Your Oregon learner’s permit will allow you to drive only with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.

    Behind-the-Wheel Practice

    To move on to the next steps of the teen licensing requirements, you’ll need to:

    • Practice with your permit for at least 6 months.
    • Complete a total of 100 hours of supervised driving OR complete a total of 50 hours of supervised driving AND an approved driver’s education course.

    For more information about Oregon driver’s education, please see our Driver’s Ed in Oregon page.

    Oregon Provisional License

    After obtaining your learner’s permit, you’ll be able to move on to your provisional license once you:

    • Are at least 16 years old.
    • Have held your learner’s permit for at least 6 months.
    • Have completed:
      • 100 hours of supervised driving practice.
        OR
      • 50 hours of supervised driving practice and Driver’s Ed.

    To apply for your Oregon provisional license, you’ll need to visit the OR DMV and:

    • Pass a driving test OR present a hard plastic driver’s education completion certificate.
    • Pass the safe driving practices written test.
    • Surrender your learner’s permit.
    • Pay the $9 driving test fee, if applicable.
    • Pay the $25 driver’s license fee.

    If necessary, you may need to provide the OR DMV with:

    • Proof of your school enrollment, completion, or exemption.
    • Proof of your identity, birth date, Social Security number, residency, and legal presence. (Visit the Oregon DMV website for a complete list of acceptable documents.)

    Driving Restrictions

    With your provisional license you’ll be able to begin driving by yourself.

    For the first 6 months, you cannot:

    • Drive with a passenger younger than 20 years old, unless he or she is an immediate family member.
    • Drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., unless for work or school purposes or you are accompanied by a licensed adult (at least 25 years old).

    For the second 6 months, you cannot:

    • Drive with more than 3 passengers younger than 20 years old, unless they are immediate family members.
    • Drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., unless for work or school purposes or you are accompanied by a licensed adult (at least 25 years old).

    The restrictions above will be lifted after 1 year or when you turn 18 years old.

    Full Unrestricted Oregon Driver License

    The restrictions of your provisional driver’s license will help you further practice and develop the skills of a safe, responsible and skillful driver.

    You’ll receive your unrestricted driver’s license with no passenger or driving time restrictions after you:

    • Have held your provisional license for at least 1 year.
      OR
    • Turn 18 years old.

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