In Oregon, a minor who has not completed a driver education course needs to obtain an instruction permit and complete 100 hours of driving supervised by a person 21 years old or older who has been a licensed driver for at least three years. ORS 807.065 (1)(d) and (1)(e). Does "certify[ing]" this require showing a driving log at the DMV office, a written statement, or a verbal statement?

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You're supposed to keep a written log. You can download a blank log here (pdf format).

Print and use this log to keep track of your teen’s behind-the-wheel practice and their progress toward becoming a safe driver! Keep this log in your vehicle and write down every time you and your teen practice driving. Individuals under 18 need at least 50 hours of supervised driving practice if they have taken an ODOT-approved driver education course. Without the course, 100 hours of supervised driving practice is required.

Date | Session Topic/Focus | Time (Hours/Min) | Cumulative Hours | Teen’s Initials | Adult’s Initials

In the DMV's brochure, The Road to Getting Your License, there is this FAQ:

Q. How do I certify my hours of supervised driving practice?

A. You will need to keep a driving log to track your hours. You and your parent or legal guardian must certify driving hours at DMV when getting your license.

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    Yes, I know they recommend that, but I don't see that the law actually requires that. Will they refuse to give me a license if I certify that I have driven 100 hours but do I not have a log?
    – Someone
    Commented May 7, 2022 at 19:16
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    that's what they say in a licensing brochure faq although it's implied not explicit. I'll update my answer to include it.
    – mkennedy
    Commented May 7, 2022 at 19:27
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    sorry, it is explicitly stated that you need to keep a log. speculation: they used to let parent or guardian swear that the hours had been done, but then realized that many people were lying and the teens were getting into accidents. Requiring a log may have reduced accidents.
    – mkennedy
    Commented May 7, 2022 at 19:52

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