Getting Your Oregon Drivers License

If you are over 18 and have a valid driver’s license or permit you can apply for an unrestricted operators license. It is important to note that even if you have a license from another state you still need to take your written test. While this is slightly annoying, you can use the $CSLINK to help you study and pass easily.


The following is a list of requirements from the DMV website for your license:

  • Be a resident of Oregon;
  • Be at least 18 years of age (click here for instructions for those under 18);
  • Have no medical condition that makes you unable to drive safely as defined in OAR 735-062-0000 (2)(a)(b)©;
  • Have no suspended, cancelled, revoked, or otherwise withdrawn driving privileges in Oregon or any other state.
  • Complete a Driver License/Identification Card Application, if you answer “yes” to any of the medical questions you are not eligible for a license. DMV will not be able to issue you a license until you have established that your medical condition does not affect your ability to drive safely. To do so, DMV may ask you to provide additional medical information and/or to pass additional DMV tests;
  • Provide proof of your full legal name, each time you apply;
  • Provide proof of your legal presence in the U.S., identity and date of birth, each time you apply;
  • Provide proof of your Social Security Number (SSN);
  • Provide proof of your Oregon residence address;
  • Pass the driver license (Class C) knowledge test;
    • Once you pass the knowledge test, make an appointment for a DMV behind-the-wheel drive test (NOTE: If you have a valid driver license issued by a U.S. State, you may not be required to take the drive test);
  • Complete and pass the drive test in a fully functional, street legal, Class C vehicle (see Driving Privilege section below) for which you can provide proof of insurance;
  • Pass a vision screening as defined in OAR 735-062-0050;
  • Surrender any valid driver license or permit issued by another jurisdiction; and
  • Pay the applicable testing and issuance fees.

Acceptable Documents

Like most states, there are certain documents that are acceptable by the Oregon DMV. You can view the complete list by clicking here or view the core items in the $CSLINK.


A regular class C (non-commercial) driver’s license from Oregon costs $59 and lasts 8-years. An instructional permit costs $22.50 and lasts 2 years. There is no fee to take the written test.

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