How to Pass the Oregon Permit Test

oregon-road-signPassing the permit test is an important first step towards getting learners permit.  Oregon, like most other states, requires that all young drivers go through a Graduated Driver’s License Program (GDL) before they receive full driving privileges. The GDL is a multi-stage process that helps you to learn important driving skills while remaining under the supervision of a licensed driver. GDL programs have been shown to reduce accidents that occur due to a lack of experience on the road.

The Oregon GDL process includes three stages:

  • Provisional Instruction Permit
  • Provisional License
  • Full License

In this article, we will show you how to pass the Oregon permit test and finish the other stages of the GDL process so that you can go on to receive full driving privileges.

Step I: The Oregon Provisional Instruction Permit

When you are 15 years old, you can apply for your Provisional Instruction Permit (or learner’s permit) in the state of Oregon. You must first pass a written knowledge test (permit test), which will check your awareness of traffic law, signs and signals.

Study as Hard as Possible

No one ever did well on a test without studying first, so if you want to pass the permit test on the first try, you will have to devote some time to preparing. We offer a free copy of the Oregon Driver’s Manual for you to use in your studies. Be sure to read the entire book, and spend extra time on any subjects you are confused about.

Make Sure to Take Practice Exams

Our Oregon practice permit test is one of the best-possible resources for study. It includes much of the same subject matter you will see on the real test, and taking it will increase your chances of doing well. It will also show you how prepared you are and help you avoid wasting your time failing a test you aren’t ready for.

Visit the Oregon Department of Transportations (ODOT) Offices and Take Your Tests

When you feel your studies have prepared you, visit the ODOT offices, bringing along:

  • Your completed Driver License Application (your parent or guardian must sign).
  • Your Social Security card, birth certificate or other identifying documents.
  • Proof that you are enrolled in or have completed school.
  • Proof of your Oregon residency (school enrollment card, utility bill, bank statement).
  • $28.50 in testing and license fees.

At this point, you will be given the permit test. Try to stay calm and think about the information you studied. As long as you devoted plenty of time to preparing, you should do well. When you pass, you will be given a simple vision test, and your picture will be taken for your license.

Start Practicing Your Driving

While holding your Provisional Instruction Permit, you are required to complete 50 hours of supervised practice driving and a ODOT-approved traffic safety education course. If you would prefer to skip the course, you can do 100 hours of supervised practice driving instead. When you have finished these requirements, you can move on to the next stage in the GDL process.

Step II: The Oregon Provisional License

When you are 16 years old, you have held your permit for at least six months, and you have completed your practice and education requirements, you are ready to take your behind-the-wheel driving test, safe driving practices test and another vision exam.

When you’re ready, visit the ODOT offices and bring along:

  • Your Provisional Instruction Permit.
  • The same identification and residency documents you used before.
  • Proof that you are enrolled in or have completed school.
  • Proof that you completed your practice driving and/or ODOT-approved traffic class.
  • Your signed and completed Driver License Application.
  • A registered and insured vehicle to use for the test.
  • $69 in testing and license fees.

At this point, you will be given a behind-the-wheel driving test and a safe driving practices test, both of which will determine how well you know the rules of the road. Stay calm and do your best. You have studied and practiced hard, and now your work will pay off. When you pass both tests, you will be given another vision exam. From there, you will be given your Provisional License.

The Provisional License comes with a few limitations. Unless accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian, you may not:

  • Drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless for work or school.
  • Drive with any unrelated passengers who are under the age of 20 (first six months).
  • Drive with more than three unrelated passengers who are under the age of 20 (second six months).
  • Drive without safety belts or with passengers who aren’t wearing their safety belts.

Step III: The Oregon Full License

When you are 17 years old and have held your Provisional License for a full year, the restrictions will be removed and you will be allowed to drive whenever and with whomever you choose. Congratulations! You are now a fully licensed driver.

Additional Information

If you want to skip the GDL process in Oregon, you will have to wait until you are 18 years old to apply. At that point, you will need to take all of the above-mentioned tests to be given an unrestricted license.