In Oregon, taking a driver improvement course like ours is meant to help the driver before a more serious driving problem develops.
The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) keeps records of all licensed drivers in the state. If two or three traffic tickets or accidents accumulate on a driver's record, the DMV initially makes the driver aware of the problem by contacting them directly via mail (see steps below). At this point, the court's decision to suspend or revoke the driver's license depends on his or her driving habits. Should they continue to accumulate tickets or accidents, the court intervenes again to warn the driver before their license is suspended or revoked.
License suspension and revocation
In Oregon, the DMV follows these four steps for taking potential action, in this order. The DMV can also bypass any of these steps at their discretion.
Step 1. Advisory letter
The DMV sends an advisory letter if you have least two tickets or accidents added to your driving record within a 12-month period. If no more tickets or accidents are added to your record within the next year, the DMV takes no further action beyond this letter.
Step 2: Warning letter
A warning letter is sent by the DMV to advise you of the consequences of additional tickets or accidents. A warning letter is generally sent if you receive any of the following
- One ticket or accident within six months of the advisory letter
- Two tickets/and or accidents within 12 months of the advisory letter
- Three tickets and/or accidents within any 18-month period
Step 3: Probationary status
A probationary status on your license goes into effect if more tickets or accidents are added to your record. Your license is placed on probation if you receive any of the following:
- One ticket or accident within six months of the warning letter
- Two tickets and/or accidents within 12 months of the warning letter
- Four or more tickets and/or accidents occurring within any 18-month period
Step 4: License suspension
During the one-year probation period, there will be a 30-day suspension for each ticket and each accident, even if the ticket or accident report is received after the end of the probationary period.
Luckily, taking a driver improvement course (traffic school) like ours helps you avoid these negative repercussions. Successful completion of our online course keeps the ticket you've received from reaching your official driving record.