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How to Change Your Driver’s License After Moving to Portland

The Steps to Change Your Driver’s License in Portland

Moving to a new state involves many changes, including updating your driver’s license. If you’re moving to Portland, Oregon, from another state, or have recently moved there, here is a step-by-step guide on how to change your driver’s license

Gather Required Documents

Before heading to the DMV, ensure you have the following documents:

  • Proof of Identity: This can be your current out-of-statdriver’s’s license, passport, or birth certificate.
  • Proof of Residency: Documents such as a utility bill, lease agreement, or bank statement with your Portland address.
  • Social Security Number: Either your Social Security card or a document that shows your SSN.

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Complete the Application

You can either complete the driver’s license application form online or get a physical copy at the DMV office.

Visit the DMV

Go to a DMV office to submit your application and documents. You’ll need to:

  • Pass a Vision Test: Ensure you meet Oregon’s vision requirements.
  • Pay the Fee: The fee for a new license in Oregon is around $60 (subject to change).
  • Surrender Your Old License: Your current out-of-state license will be taken and invalidated.
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Take the Written Knowledge Test

Depending on your situation, you may need to take a written knowledge test about Oregon’s traffic laws and road signs. It’s a good idea to study the Oregon Driver Manual beforehand.

Receive Your Temporary License

Once your application is processed, you’ll be issued a temporary paper license. Your permanent driver’s license will arrive by mail within a few weeks.


  • Book an Appointment: Oregon DMV offices can get busy, so schedule an appointment online to avoid long waits.
  • Check Office Hours: Make sure to check the hours of operation for your chosen DMV office.

List of DMV Offices near the Portland Metro Area

Here are some DMV locations convenient to the Portland metro area:

Portland Downtown DMV

  • Address: 1502 SW Sixth Ave, Portland, OR 97201 (map)
  • Phone: (503) 299-9999

Portland North DMV

  • Address: 1186 N. Hayden Meadows Dr., Portland, OR 97217 (map)
  • Phone: (503) 299-9999

Portland SE DMV

  • Address: 8710 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97266 (map)
  • Phone: (503) 299-9999

Lake Oswego DMV

  • Address: 3 Monroe Pkwy. D. Lake Oswego, OR 97035 (map)
  • Phone: (503) 299-9999

Gresham DMV

  • Address: 2222 E. Powell Blvd., Gresham, OR 97080 (map)
  • Phone: (503) 299-9999

Mall 205 DMV

  • Address: 9910 SE Washington St., Portland, OR 97216 (map)
  • Phone: (503) 299-9999

Beaverton DMV

  • Address: 10280 SW Park Way, Portland, OR 97225 (map)
  • Phone: (503) 299-9999
By following these steps and visiting one of these DMV locations (check the Oregon DMV website for hours of operation), you’ll be well on your way to obtaining your new Oregon driver’s license. Welcome to Portland!
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