The Department of Transportation shall provide for the issuance of instruction driver permits in a manner consistent with this section. A person who is issued an instruction driver permit may exercise the same driving privileges as those under the class of license or endorsement for which the permit is issued except as provided in this section or under the permit. Except as otherwise provided in this section, an instruction driver permit is subject to the fees, provisions, conditions, prohibitions and penalties applicable to a license or endorsement granting the same driving privileges. The following apply to an instruction driver permit:
An instruction driver permit is subject to the same classifications and endorsements as a license. The department may issue an instruction driver permit to grant the same driving privileges as a Class C driver license or as a motorcycle endorsement, but the instruction driver permit will also be subject to the provisions of this section.
The department may issue an instruction driver permit to a person who is qualified to obtain the same driving privileges under the corresponding class of license or type of endorsement except for the person’s age or lack of experience in the operation of motor vehicles subject to the following:
An applicant must be 15 years of age or older to receive the same driving privileges as are granted under a Class C license.
An applicant must be 16 years of age or older and have a commercial driver license or a Class C license to receive the same driving privileges as are granted under a motorcycle endorsement.
An applicant must be 18 years of age or older to receive the same driving privileges as are granted under any class of license not otherwise provided for under this subsection.
A Class C instruction driver permit shall be valid for 24 months from the date of issuance. All other instruction driver permits issued under this section shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance.
When an instruction driver permit expires or is about to expire, the department shall renew the instruction driver permit if the holder of the instruction driver permit qualifies for renewal of the instruction driver permit under this section and applies for renewal:
Within one year of the expiration of an instruction driver permit issued under this section; or
Within six months after the applicant is discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States if the applicant held an instruction driver permit issued by this state at the time of the applicant’s entry into the Armed Forces.
To qualify for renewal of an instruction driver permit, a person must meet all of the requirements for the type of instruction driver permit sought to be renewed, except that the department may waive the examination unless the department has reason to believe that the applicant is not qualified for the instruction driver permit.
An instruction driver permit that is renewed under this section may be used on or after the date of issuance. If the department issues an instruction driver permit renewal to a person under this section before the expiration of the instruction driver permit being renewed, the older permit is invalid. An instruction driver permit that becomes invalid under this subsection shall be surrendered to the department.
The holder of the instruction driver permit may not operate a motor vehicle unless the holder has the instruction driver permit in the holder’s immediate possession and is accompanied by a person with a class of license granting the same driving privileges or a license with an endorsement granting the same driving privileges who is not less than 21 years of age. The accompanying person must be occupying a seat beside the holder of the instruction driver permit unless the instruction driver permit is for motorcycle driving privileges. For an instruction driver permit granting motorcycle driving privileges, the holder of the instruction driver permit must be in the company and under the supervision and visual observation of the accompanying person and the accompanying person must be operating a separate motorcycle.
The holder of an instruction driver permit granting motorcycle driving privileges is subject to the following in addition to any other requirements under this section:
The holder may operate a motorcycle only during daylight hours.
The holder may not carry any passengers on the motorcycle.
The holder of the instruction driver permit must wear an approved helmet while operating a motorcycle.
(a) The department may issue an instruction driver permit to a person with a limited vision condition if a rehabilitation training specialist certifies to the department that the person has successfully completed a rehabilitation training program.
As used in this subsection, “limited vision condition,” “rehabilitation training specialist” and “rehabilitation training program” have the meanings given those terms in ORS 807.355 (Definitions).
In addition to any other requirements under this section, the holder of an instruction driver permit issued under subsection (10) of this section may operate a motor vehicle only when using a bioptic telescopic lens. [1983 c.338 §316; 1985 c.16 §135; 1985 c.608 §23; 1989 c.397 §1; 1989 c.636 §29; 1991 c.67 §219; 2001 c.410 §5; 2003 c.14 §482; 2003 c.277 §§8,12; 2005 c.59 §§7,8; 2005 c.649 §§35,36; 2007 c.121 §§1,2; 2007 c.588 §5; 2013 c.237 §45]