12Jul 2015

In Oregon, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV)have a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program, the program is designed to help first time driver’s permit applicants to become safe and more responsible drivers. Under the GDL program, first time applicants are required to complete various milestones before obtaining a full driver’s license.  One of the first milestones before obtaining your unrestricted driver’s license is obtaining your driver’s permit; however, you will be required to take a Class C knowledge examand pass before you are issued with a driver’s permit.

If you just moved to Oregon and you have an out-of-state learner’spermit, you will be required to apply for an Oregon permit when you become a resident regardless of whetheryour out-of-state learner’s permit or driver’s license has not expired.  You will have to surrender your out-of-state permit or license to the Oregon DMV when you apply.

The Oregon written permit test consists of 35 multiple choice questions derived from the Oregon driver’s manual. The questions cover a number of topics that are designed to prepare the applicant for real life situations on the road. The topics include: Oregon driving laws, road signs, driving under the influence, safety rules, traffic signals, parking, how to enter and exit the freeway and other important information you need to know about driving in Oregon.  You will need to correctly answer 28 questions of the written test to pass. There is a $5 fee for the exam.

You can prepare for the test through the following way:

  • Reading through the Oregon driver’s manual
  • Completing an online driver prep course
  • Taking a few practice permit tests or DMV practice tests

A combination of the three will be a sure way to pass the written test on your first attempt. However, if you fail the test on your first attempt, you will have to wait for at least one businessday before you can retake it. If you fail the test four consecutive times, you will have to wait for at least one month before retesting.