Oregon Driver’s License Requirements

Oregon drivers must show proof of identity and pass a series of exams to get their driver’s license.
Written by John Davis
Edited by Amy Bobinger
You need proof of identity and a passing grade on a series of exams to get your driver’s license in Oregon.
To get an
driver’s license, you need to be at least 16 years old. You must also pass a written exam, a vision test, and a driving evaluation.
  • Drivers under 18 must hold a provisional instruction permit for at least six months before they can take a driving test.
  • All first-time drivers must pass a vision and knowledge test to get a driver’s license. 
  • Drivers under 18 must hold a provisional driver’s license for one year or until they turn 18. 

License fees in Oregon

You can pay for your Oregon license fees with cash, checks, money orders, or credit cards. Some of the common fees include the following:
Type of fee
Class C knowledge test
Driving test
Provisional instruction permit
$23 ($53 for a real ID)
Driver license 
$60 ($90 for a real ID)
Motorcycle endorsement
$87 ($144 without an existing Oregon driver license)
Motorcycle permit
Commercial driver license (CDL)
$75 ($135 without an existing Oregon driver license)
Replacement driver license
Identification card
Replacement ID card
You can see a complete list of fees at

Required documents for obtaining an Oregon driver’s license

Proof of identity

To prove your identity, bring either one primary identification document or two secondary identification documents. These documents must be original—photocopies are not acceptable. 
U.S. birth certificate
U.S. Military discharge papers
Canadian birth certificate
Oregon student body card (five years old or less)
U.S. consular report of birth abroad
U.S. or foreign certified school records
U.S. passport or passport card (not expired for more than five years)
Oregon Jobs Corps ID card
U.S. territory passport
A 1099 or W2 tax form for the current tax year
Oregon federally recognized Tribal ID card
Medicare or Medicaid card
Foreign passport in English or with an English translation
Border crossing cards
Certificate of citizenship or naturalization
Marriage license, domestic partnership, or Certificate of Record of Marriage issued by the U.S. government
U.S. Military or Armed Forces ID card
A foreign birth certificate, marriage license, driver’s license, military ID, voter card, or passport (not expired for more than 13 years)
Oregon driver's license, instruction permit, or ID card (not expired for more than 13 years)
Veteran’s Universal Access ID card
Out-of-state driver’s license (not expired for more than one year)
A bankruptcy document issued by a court
Temporary immigrant visa (not expired for more than five years)
U.S. Tribal ID card
Social security card (but you must bring one additional document containing your name and date of birth)
U.S. government-issued ID card with your name, date of birth, and photograph
Mexican consulate ID card (not expired for more than five years)
Merchant Marine ID card
To view the complete lists of primary and secondary ID documents, visit

Proof of residence

You’ll also need two proofs of residence. Some common examples of proofs of residence include the following:
  • Oregon vehicle title or registration card
  • A utility bill
  • A bank document that includes your residential address
  • A document issued by your insurance company
  • A piece of mail or a package delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, or UPS
  • A rental or lease agreement
  • A paystub, paycheck, W2, or 1099

Other requirements

Veteran designation: If you want your driver’s license to display your status as a veteran, you must bring your DD214 or DD215 papers with you to the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

Oregon provisional instruction permit

Drivers under 18
must hold a provisional instruction permit—sometimes called a learner’s permit—for six months before they are eligible to get a driver’s license. The instruction permit allows teens to practice driving with a licensed adult over 21.
While not required, drivers over 18 can get a provisional instruction permit if they wish to practice driving before taking the driving test. 
To get a provisional instruction permit, here’s what you need to do:
  • Provide the DMV with consent from your parent or legal guardian
  • Show proof of residency and identity
  • Pass the written knowledge test
  • Pass a vision test
  • Pay the fee
  • Get your picture taken

The knowledge test

Drivers of all ages must take a knowledge test before they can get a driver’s license if:
  • They have never had a driver’s license or permit
  • They have an out-of-state learner’s permit
  • Their previous Oregon driver’s license has been expired for more than two years
  • They have an out-of-state or U.S. territory driver’s license or have a driver’s license from Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea, or Taiwan expired for more than one year
  • They have a license from a country other than Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea, or Taiwan 
The knowledge test is a written exam with 35 questions. You must get at least 28 questions correct to receive a passing score. 
Upon passing, you will receive your provisional instruction permit. Drivers under 18 must hold the permit for six months, while drivers over 18 can choose to move straight on to the driving test. 

Vision test

Every driver in Oregon must pass a vision test. You need to have at least 20/40 vision in your best eye to drive without restrictions. If you need corrective lenses to achieve 20/40 vision, that’s completely fine—you just need to make sure you wear your glasses or contacts whenever you drive. 
If you do not pass the vision test, Oregon will give you a
Certificate of Vision
to take to your eye doctor.  

Oregon driving log sheets

Drivers under 18 must hold their provisional instruction permit for at least six months. During this time, they should be practicing driving with a licensed adult over 21 and tracking their driving hours. 
The state of Oregon requires teen drivers to complete either:
  • 100 hours of practice driving supervised by a licensed adult over 21
  • An approved driver education course, and 50 hours of supervised driving practice
You can print a driving log from
. You must provide this form to the DMV before you take your driving test. 

Passing your Oregon driving test

When you’re ready to take your driving test, you can schedule an appointment with the Oregon DMV or a Class C testing business. 
You will need to bring a vehicle to the test, and it must meet the following criteria:
  • Starts without issues
  • Working turn signals
  • Working rake lights
  • Functioning horn
  • Passenger door that opens from the inside and outside with a handle
  • Proper, secure, and reasonably clean passenger seat
  • Working seatbelts
  • Tires that are not bald or damaged
  • Muffler without excessive leaks or unreasonable noise
  • Displays valid registration
  • Has side view or rearview mirrors
You will also need to provide valid proof of
auto insurance
for the vehicle, and it needs to have a current registration.
The road test puts your knowledge of driving skills, traffic rules, highway signs, and signals to the test. Throughout the examination, you can expect to do the following maneuvers:
  • Turn
  • Back up
  • Park
  • Change lanes
  • Control your speed
  • Signal
  • Control the vehicle
When you pass your test, you will receive a temporary driver’s license or provisional driver’s license. The DMV will mail your real license to your address. 
Need to know: If you’re under 18, you will receive a provisional driver’s license. This license includes special restrictions for the first six months, the second six months, and until the driver turns 18. 

Rules for driving under an Oregon provisional driver’s license

Oregon has special rules for teen drivers under 18. The provisional driver’s license has three sets of restrictions on driving privileges.
For the first six months: 
  • Drivers cannot have passengers under 20 who are not immediate family members.
  • Drivers cannot drive between the hours of 12 AM and 5 AM unless with a licensed driver over 25 or driving to and from work, to and from school, or for other employment purposes.
For the second six months:
  • Drivers cannot have more than three passengers under 20 who are not immediate family members.
  • Drivers cannot drive between the hours of 12 AM and 5 AM unless with a licensed driver over 25 or driving to and from work, to and from school, or for other employment purposes.
Until 18 years of age: 
  • Cannot use a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle, including any hands-free devices. 

Transferring an out-of-state license to Oregon

If you are moving to Oregon, you will need to apply for an Oregon driver’s license within 30 days of settling in. To get an Oregon license, you will need to:
  • Complete an application
  • Make an appointment at the DMV office
  • Bring the required documentation 
  • Pass a vision test
  • Pay the license fees 
  • Pass the knowledge test (if applicable)
  • Have your picture taken
  • Surrender your old license
If you’re a college student paying non-resident tuition, reside permanently outside of Oregon, are military personnel stationed in Oregon, or do not plan to become an Oregon resident, you do not need to change your driver’s license.

Types of Oregon driver’s licenses

Are you unsure what type of license you need? You’ll need a Class C (non-commercial) license unless you’re applying for a motorcycle license or a CDL.
The types of licenses in Oregon are: 
  • Class C (non-commercial): The standard driver’s license that allows you to operate any motor vehicle except motorcycles and commercial vehicles. 
  • Class A CDL: This is a commercial license that allows the driver to operate vehicles over 10,000 pounds, any vehicle that tows a trailer, or any Class B or Class C vehicle.
  • Class B CDL: A commercial license that allows the driver to operate single vehicles over 26,000 pounds with trailers, vehicles of 10,000 pounds or less, or Class C vehicles.
  • Class C CDL: This commercial license allows drivers to operate passenger-carrying (16 or more passengers) vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or less or vehicles carrying hazardous waste.
  • Motorcycle endorsement: This is an endorsement added to a standard Oregon driver’s license that allows the driver to operate two or three-wheel motorcycles. 

Oregon Real ID

Beginning in 2025, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will require a passport or
Real ID
for domestic air travel. 
A Real ID is somewhat like an endorsement added to your current driver’s license or state ID card. It costs $30, but you cannot switch to a Real ID online—you must
make an appointment with the DMV
or visit your local DMV office. 
To get a new driver’s license with Real ID, you’ll need the following documents: 
  • Proof of identity, like a passport or permanent resident card
  • Your social security number (SSN)
  • Two proofs of your residence address, like a utility bill and a rental agreement
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