Written by attorney MacDaniel E Reynolds

I've been arrested for a DUI, can I drive now?

As a general rule in Oregon, for the first 30 days after the day of your arrest, you still have the same driving privileges as before you were arrested, but you are driving with a temporary permit instead of your original driver’s license.

To see if you have a temporary permit, look through your paperwork for the yellow, legal-sized form titled “Implied Consent Combined Report.” At the bottom of this form is a section that starts with “Eligible for Temporary Permit” with a box checked “yes” or “no.”

If the box is checked “yes,” you should legally be able to drive for 30 days from the date of your arrest (assuming you aren’t suspended for any other reason, and that the paperwork is correct). Make sure to have the temporary license with you if you plan on driving during that time – that piece of paper is what you would show an officer if you were pulled over. Also, be sure to read the language on the temporary license closely—it expires at 12:01 AM on the date listed on the bottom right-hand corner of the form – in reality, this means that you can only drive with that license through the day before the listed date.

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