If you have a valid U.S. or foreign driver's license, you are not required to get an Oregon driver's license, but you can if you want to.
International Students are Considered "Visitors" in Oregon if paying Non-Resident Tuition
As a visitor, you can legally drive in Oregon if you have a valid driver license from:
- Any U.S. State or territory; or
- The District of Columbia; or
- A Canadian Province or another country
You are considered a visitor if:
- Your permanent residence is outside Oregon; or
- You are attending school in Oregon and are paying non-resident tuition; or
- You do not plan to take any steps to become a resident of Oregon.
Note: If you are paying Resident (in-state) Tuition, please read the requirements on the Dept of Motor Vehicles website.
How to get an Oregon driver's license
1. Your F1 or J1 SEVIS record must be active. Check with the ISSS office first before applying for an Oregon driver's license.
2. Go to https://www.oregon.gov/odot/DMV/driverlicenseforall/Pages/English.aspx for information on how to apply for an Oregon driver's license.