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Frequently Asked Questions - Oregon Teen Driver

Those seeking their provisional license must have either a minimum of 100 hours of supervised driving experience prior to taking their drive test, or a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving AND have completed a traffic safety education course approved by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). All supervised driving must be done with a driver who is over the age of 21, who has held a driver’s license for a minimum of three years.

A driver may receive a driver’s license when the following conditions are met:

• Applicants must have held an instruction permit for a minimum of six months
Applicants must have 50 hours of supervised driving experience and have taken a traffic safety education course approved by ODOT, or must have 100 hours supervised driving experience with a driver 21 years or older who has held a license for at least three years.
• Applicant must be at least 16 years old to apply for a provisional license, or 18 to apply for a full driver’s license.
• For those under the age of 18, a provisional license must be held for a minimum of 12 months or until the holder turns 18, whichever comes first, before the license converts to a full license.

All applicants must pass a vision test. Those who wear contact lenses or glasses are required to bring them to the test, and their license will have a restriction requiring corrective lenses when driving.

The written test is a closed book test and no aids are permitted, with the exception that a foreign language dictionary may be used with permission by those for whom English is not a native language. The Oregon driver’s manual covers all the information applicants need to know, while taking practice tests, like those found at www.freedmvpracticetests.com, will help the applicant pass this exam. Failing the written test will require the applicant to wait one day before trying again, while failing four or more times will require a 28 day wait before trying the test again. Each retry will cost an additional testing fee.

Applicants under 18 must take an additional Safe Driving Practices test. This test will cover the driver’s knowledge of safe driving practices, and does not require a testing fee.

Prior to receiving a provisional driver’s license or a full driver’s license for those over 18, a drive test that will test the applicant’s driving skills must also be passed.
This test is done by appointment only; appointments may be scheduled by visiting www.OregonDMV.com, or by calling the numbers listed in the Oregon driver’s manual.

Once applicants arrive at the DMV, they must present all required documents for proof of identity, social security number and residency, a check or money order made out to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the completed Form DL-180 and Form DL-180TD to the testing officer. With these documents in order, applicants will be allowed to take the vision and knowledge tests.

Once applicants arrive at the DMV, they must present all required documents for proof of identity, legal presence, social security number and residency, a check or cash for the testing fee and for the permit or license sought. Testing fees are $5.00 for the knowledge test and $9.00 for the drive test, while fees run $23.50 for a learner’s permit and $60.00 for a first time license. Fees are subject to change; applicants should verify all costs before going to the DMV. With the proper forms presented and fees paid, applicants will be allowed to take the necessary tests for the license or permit they are pursuing.

Along with the completed application form and proof of school attendance, applicants for a Class C instruction permit must bring proof of identity, full legal name, legal presence, birthdate, social security number and current residence. Acceptable documents for proof of identity, full legal name, legal presence and birthdate include:

• US or US Territorial Government-issued birth certificate
• Active US passport or US Territorial passport, or one that has been expired for no more than five years
• Tribal identification card that has been approved by the DMV
• Certificate of US citizenship, and
• Certificate of Naturalization

Other acceptable forms may be found at www.OregonDMV.com.

Forms that are acceptable to establish residency include:

• Mail from a utility company, government agency, insurance company or educational institution that is dated within 60 days of the driver’s application
• Mortgage documents dated within the last year
• Educational institution transcript for the current year, or
• A person who resides with the applicant, such as a parent, legal guardian or spouse, who appears in person with acceptable proof of residence address, may certify residence.

Other acceptable forms of proof of residence may be found at www.OregonDMV.com.

All documents presented must be originals or certified copies, and the DMV may require additional proof beyond those listed. Applicants should check to make sure that they have everything they need before going to the DMV.

For those taking the drive test, the following documents should be brought with them:

• Proof of identity, legal presence, full legal name, and birthdate, residence and social security number
• Proof of insurance for the vehicle the road test will be taken in
• Valid license plates or temporary permit for the vehicle
• A certificate of 100 hours driving practice OR a certificate of 50 hours driving practice AND a certificate of completion from a ODOT approved traffic safety education course

A Class C instruction permit allows a learning driver to operate the same vehicles that a Class C license will allow. However, it holds the following restrictions:

• A licensed driver, who is at least 21 years old, must be seated in the front passenger seat. In addition, this supervising driver must have held a license for three years in order for any driving done by the permit holder to count toward the hours driven requirement.
• Permit holders under the age of 18 may not operate a vehicle when using a mobile communications device, to include talking on a cell phone with a hands-free accessory. Those over 18 may use a hands-free device.

A provisional license also has restrictions for a young driver that gradually get less over time. During the first six months, these restrictions do not allow the driver to:

• Drive between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless the driver is
• Driving between home and work
• Driving between home and a school event where no other transportation is available
• Driving for employment purposes or
• When accompanied by a licensed driver over the age of 25 years old.
Drive with a passenger under the age of 20 years who is not a member of the driver’s immediate family.

After the first six months, the driver may not drive with more than three passengers under the age of 20 who are not immediate family members. The restrictions and exemptions for driving between midnight and 5:00 a.m. remain in effect for one year, or until the driver turns 18, whichever comes first.

A valid learner’s permit allows the student to drive with any licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. If that driver has held a license for three years, all hours driven will count toward the hours requirement for getting a provisional license.

The road to earning an Oregon driver’s license begins with applying for a Class C instruction permit. These permits are valid for 24 months, and give beginning drivers the time necessary to practice their driving skills before taking their drive test. Applicants must meet the following requirements to receive a Class C instruction permit:

Applicants must be at least 15 years old.
Applicants must complete a Driver License/ID Card application, available at any DMV office or online at www.OregonDMV.com. This application must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for those under the age of 18.
Applicants must provide proof of identity and residence, as well as full legal name and date of birth.
Applicants who are younger than 18 and applying for their first permit must provide proof of school attendance, completion or exemption. This is done with a Statement of Enrollment from the applicant’s school or from the Education Service District of a home-schooled student, or through presenting a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Applicants must pass a vision test.
Applicants must pass a knowledge test that will cover road signs, traffic laws and other information that a driver needs to know.

Oregon follows a graduated licensing program for those who are younger than 18. The first step in the graduated licensing program is a teen’s provisional license, available to teens that are between 16 and 17 years old, and who have held their Class C instruction permit for at least six months.