Oregon DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ

If you’re getting ready to apply for your Oregon state driver’s license, then you’ll need to pick up a copy of the Oregon Driver’s Handbook at your local DMV field office and read it cover to cover. All of the questions on your written knowledge test will be based on information contained in the text. However, you may also find the following FAQ helpful as far as knowing what to expect from the application process and the experience of dealing with the Oregon DMV.
How old do I need to be before I am eligible for my Oregon driver’s license?
Driving ages vary from state to state, but in Oregon you need to be 15 years of age before you can apply for your state driver’s license and obtain your learner’s permit.
What documents do I need to bring with me to the DMV when I arrive to apply for my license?
When you arrive to apply for a license or state ID card, you will need to bring state-recognized documents for the following purposes.
  • Proof of your legal name
  • Proof of your legal presence in the United States
  • Proof of your address and residency in the state of Oregon
  • If you are under 18 years of age, proof that you are enrolled in school
  • Your social security number
Recognized documents include certified copies of your birth certificate, certificate of naturalization, marriage certificate, divorce decrees, and court documents pertaining to name changes. You can easily prove your address and residency in the state by bringing in a bank statement, a pay stub, a tax form, or a utility bill.
I’m a teen and I’d like to apply for my license. Do I need to bring my parents with me?
If you are under 18 years of age, then you will need to obtain your parents’ permission to apply for your license and obtain your learner’s permit. Most teens find it easier to simply bring their parent with them to the DMV, as the parent will need to sign their application form.
I’ve just obtained my learner’s permit. What’s next on the agenda before I can get my actual license?
If you are 18 years of age or older, you are free to apply for your license whenever you feel ready to take your road test. However, if you are under 18, you will need to fulfill some additional requirements first.
  • You need to hold your permit and practice driving for a full 6 months before you can take your road test.
  • You must complete a minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice driving, as well as have a parent or legal guardian supply certification that attest to this fact.
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  • You will need to take and pass a safe driving practices test. .
  • You must also take and pass a state-approved traffic safety course. If you do not wish to take the course, you can substitute an additional 50 hours of supervised driving practice. The additional hours will also have to be certified by your parent or guardian.
I’m brand new to the state of Oregon. What do I need to know about transferring my driving privileges from out of state?
Once you become an Oregon resident, you are required to have your out-of-state driving privileges transferred over as soon as possible. You are considered an Oregon resident if:
  • You spend at least 6 months out of every calendar year in Oregon.
  • You are paying resident tuition fees to an Oregon school, college, or university.
Arrive at the DMV with documents proving your legal name, your residency, you address, and your social security number. You should also come prepared to pass a vision test and pay any applicable licensing fees. Under most circumstances, you won’t have to take a written test or a road test, but there’s always the chance that the Oregon DMV might deem it necessary for whatever reason.
What will be covered on my written knowledge exam?
The written knowledge exam you’ll need to take in order to obtain your Oregon license will cover only information contained in the Oregon Driver’s Handbook. Possible topics include but are not limited to road sign knowledge, safe driving practices, and Oregon road law. Increase your chances of passing on the first try by studying the handbook extensively. You can also add a good practice test to your study routine. Practice tests help you by mimicking the actual testing situation you’ll be facing when it’s time for the real thing.
What about my road test? What will I be tested on then?
Your road test will be your chance to show a DMV representative that you have the skills, confidence, and understanding necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle. You will be tested on your ability to start and stop your vehicle, park your vehicle, drive on the freeway, operate various features of your vehicle, and more so be sure you spend plenty of time practicing before you report for your road test.
Will I have to pay any fees in order to be able to take my written test or my road test?
Yes. In Oregon, you do need to be prepared to pay testing fees. To begin with, you will need to pay $60 as a licensing fee. It also costs $5 to take your written knowledge test and $9 to take your road test. Please note that the DMV does not accept credit cards or debit cards as forms of payment. You must pay by cash, check, or money order. Checks and money orders must be made out to "Oregon DMV".
I’m a non-U.S. citizen, but I’d still like to apply for a driver’s license. Can I do that in Oregon?
Yes. You can get an Oregon driver’s license even if you’re not a United States citizen. You just need to prove that you’re legally in the country on either a permanent or temporary basis. Documents that can do this for you include your U.S. issued birth certificate, your U.S. consular report of birth abroad, or a valid foreign passport.
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