DMV Test Questions and Answers for the Oregon DMV

by Joshua on September 30, 2013

The privilege of operating a motor vehicle is one of the most anticipated milestones of any U.S citizen but the freedom also comes with much responsibility. Drivers must understand the aspects of safely operating a motor vehicle of any type on roadways for the safety of themselves, passengers and other drivers on the road. This includes knowing Oregon state traffic laws, rules and regulations, how to operate the vehicle of choice and read specific road signs found while driving.

The process for obtaining a drivers license in Oregon is completed through the Department of Motor Vehicles or DMV and includes several steps to assure that each new driver is fully prepared to become a safe driver on roadways. Each step in the procedure must be fully completed to the DMV standards in order to receive the privilege of operating a motor vehicle. The first portion of licensing will include documentation and paperwork required by state and federal regulations including proof of residency, citizenship and identity. This is done for the safety of the driver’s identity.

Once the documentation portions of licensing are complete, the driver will focus on obtaining the knowledge necessary to be a safe driver and complete the testing portion of the license process. During this portion the driver will take a vision exam, written knowledge test and road skills test. At each phase of testing the driver must show the DMV that they have obtained the proper amount of knowledge and acquired the skills necessary to properly operate a vehicle. First time teen and adult drivers will also be required to complete several additional steps to assure that they are fully prepared.

The Written Test

The vision screening is in place to assure that each driver can properly see to drive safely and is the first step in the testing process. Once the vision screening has been successfully completed, the driver will then be asked to take the written test. This is taken at several stages during licensing for first time drivers and those wishing to upgrade a current license to another type such as a CDL or motorcycle license. The driver will take a written test when applying for a learners permit and again when obtaining an actual license. Teen drivers are also required to take the Safe Drivers Written test in addition to the written test when applying to assure they are fully prepared for their first license.

Both the Safe Drivers test and written test consist of 35 multiple choice questions and must be passed with a score of 80% or higher in order to continue onward to the road skills test procedure. This will require the applicant to correctly answer 28 out of 35 questions to receive a passing score.

Questions for the written tests are generated randomly using information regarding safe and lawful driving within the state of Oregon. This means that the driver will never receive the same written test twice. The test is administered at the DMV office after all fees have been paid and a failure will result in addition fees for each retake as well as additional time invested in the licensing process. The questions will refer to many aspects of operating a motor vehicle including:

  • Proper operation of the vehicle
  • Traffic laws, yielding the right of way and rules of the road
  • Traffic signs and signals; their identification and the proper operating procedures
  • Laws regarding drinking and driving

Preparing for the written tests is essential if the driver wishes to pass the test on the first try and receive a driver’s license. Though mandatory driver’s education for teen drivers is an excellent source of information for the new driver, it is often not enough to pass the tests. New drivers of any age will benefit from using the many resources for study available to them.

Preparing for the Written Tests

The first step for all drivers required to take the written test will be obtaining the many comprehensive study guides available. This includes the Oregon Drivers Handbook for their specific vehicle type. The standard operators license Drivers Handbook should be used to study for all new drivers obtaining a Class C operators license allowing them to operate a private vehicle for daily use. Other vehicle types should obtain the correct handbook as there is specific information necessary depending on the license class.

In addition, all drivers will benefit from cheat sheets generated by These cheat sheets contain all of the information new drivers need to study if they wish to pass the written tests. The study guides are geared towards the test questions found on the actual test so that the applicant can focus on what is necessary to achieve a passing score. New drivers will also find a series of informative articles on this site that can assist with test taking tips, what to expect on the actual test and ideas for study time.

The most important material a new driver can obtain will be practice tests. Sample questions are available on the DMV website and actual practice tests can be found on Applicants will find many uses for practice tests including reinforcing the information learned and as a gauge for the study progress. In order to pass the actual test, drivers should be able to receive the required score of 80% on practice tests.

Some samples of these test questions can include:

  1. When a new driver has obtained a license they have agreed to follow Oregon’s Implied Consent Law which means:
  • Obtaining and keeping liability insurance on a vehicle
  • If required they will comply with a breath, urine or blood test if arrested for driving under the influence
  • Post bail or appear in court if necessary when arrested for any violation
  • Agree to maintain any vehicle and its equipment
  1. When driving on a two lane road and approached by an emergency vehicle stopped with its emergency lights active, drivers must:
  • Slow down and change lanes if possible
  • Drive on the right side of the road and stop
  • Stay in the current lane and continue to drive at the speed limit
  • Speed up to pass the vehicle as quickly as possible
  1. If stopped at an intersection at a red light, when can a driver legally turn left onto a one-way street?
  • Only if a left turn sign is clearly posted
  • Only if there is a green arrow giving permission to turn left
  • Not until the light turns green
  • At any time if the road is clear
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