Drivers in Oregon who are younger than 18 years old must adhere to some unique regulations and caution.
While teen drivers in Oregon are not allowed to drive at certain times and under some circumstances, such as with other teenage passengers, you can steer clear of trouble and enjoy safe and convenient driving, provided you follow the rules of the road and the state.
The Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) issues provisional Class C driver's licenses to qualified applicants who are 16 or 17 years old. You are allowed to operate the same vehicles as regular Class-C-licensed drivers, but the DMV closely monitors provisional drivers to promote safe driving.
To obtain a provisional driver license, make sure you produce and perform the following:
Once you obtain a provisional license, you are subject to restrictions until you are 18 years old and additional restrictions during the first year.
The restrictions are as follows:
- Until you are 18 years old, you cannot operate any mobile device while driving, including hands-free devices.
- For first 6 months you cannot drive with a passenger younger than 20 years old unless it is a member of the your immediate family.
- For the second 6 months you may not drive with more than 3 passengers who are younger than 20 years old who are not members of your immediate family.
- During the first and second 6 month periods, you may not drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless:
- You are driving between home and work
- You are driving between home and a school event for which there is no other transportation available
- You are driving for employment purposes
- You are accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old
The restrictions do not apply while driving with an instructor as part of a certified traffic safety education course or with a parent or step-parent who has valid driving privileges.