Oregon Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
Yes, you are required to complete one of two approved motorcycle training courses in order to get a motorcycle endorsement on your Oregon drivers license. Both course are offered by TEAM Oregon. Either course must be completed within two years of applying for a motorcycle endorsement.

If you are under the age of 21, you must take the Basic Rider Training (BRT) course. A BRT course can be taken in lieu of the motorcycle knowledge and the motorcycle skills tests.

If you are 21 and older, you may take the Intermediate Rider Training (IRT) course. The IRT course waives the motorcycle skills test only. The motorcycle knowledge test must be taken at the DMV office.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Yes, you are required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle in the state of Oregon. Oregon is the nation s leading state when it comes to motorcycle licensing and training practices. TEAM Oregon offers the state’s only approved motorcycle education course. Enclosed motorcycle operators are not required to wear a helmet or have a motorcycle endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
You may not be allowed to renew car registration depending on the method you chose to go about renewing and the circumstances of your particular situation. The Oregon DMV allows you to renew your car registration online, by mail, in person at the DMV, or at a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) emissions testing center. You cannot renew via the online portal if you must make changes other than a change of address or if you are changing license plates. Furthermore, you cannot apply for a car registration renewal if you fail an emissions test.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Oregon

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
It is possible to have a different address on your driver s license and your car registration. Once you submit a change of address form with the Oregon DMV, your entire record will be updated with your new address. This means that your driver information and any car registered in your name will contain the updated address with the DMV. However, you do not need to replace the physical driver s license or car registration card. At your request, the DMV issues an address sticker for you to place onto your current driver s license to update the address. There is no charge for this sticker. For your car registration card, you must write in your new address onto your current card.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Oregon

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
Car insurance companies can vary in their coverage from state to state. You may have to get car insurance in Oregon if your insurance company is local to your previous state of residence. With national insurance companies, you may be able to easily switch your policy to the state of Oregon. However, not all major companies operate in every state. Contact your car insurance company to find out if you can keep your car insurance when you move to Oregon.

For more information: Oregon Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, you cannot renew your Oregon CDL license online. You must renew in person at your local DMV office. At the time of application you must:

â–ª Pass a vision screening (only if you are age 50 or older at the time of renewal).

â–ª Present proof of legal name, legal presence in the US, date of birth, and identity.

â–ª Provide your Social Security Number on the application.

â–ª Pass a HAZMAT Knowledge test, if applicable.

â–ª Submit a copy of your medical certificate if one is not already on record.

You must also surrender your current CDL license to the Oregon DMV at the time of renewal.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
Most people cannot access their Oregon DMV online driving record. You may fill out an Order Your Own Record form and mail it to the DMV or submit it in person at the DMV headquarters in Salem along with the appropriate fee. Only qualified entities such as insurance companies, government agencies, or attorney offices may create a DMV Record Inquiry Account to access driver records online. To establish a Record Inquiry Account, you must submit the necessary documents to prove you are a legitimate business. Fill out the Record Inquiry Account application and pay a $70 fee. You may mail the materials to:

Oregon DMV

Attn: Records Policy

1905 Lana Ave.NE

Salem, OR 97314

For more information: Your Oregon Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
No, you cannot take the test for your drivers permit online for the state of Oregon. You have to visit a local DMV office to sit for the computer based test. Not all locations administer the test. No appointment is necessary. Test centers usually stop conducting tests one hour before closing time.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
If you hold an intrastate or ‘excepted interstate commercial drivers license, your driving privileges are relegated to travel within the state of Oregon. Though, there is a chance that while you may be only traveling within the state, you still may be involved in what is considered interstate commerce, therefore requiring a ‘non-excepted interstate CDL license. The Oregon DMV strongly recommends that you certify a non-excepted driving type so that you are free to go about interstate commerce without needless restriction. You must be at least 21 years old and meet certain federal requirements to qualify for a non-excepted CDL license.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
If you are applying by mail, in person, or at a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) testing facility, then the person to whom the car is registered must appear to sign the Application for Registration, Renewal, Replacement or Transfer of Plates And/or Stickers. Someone else may renew your registration for you if done online. A PIN number is provided on your car registration renewal notice to be used to access the online registration renewal portal.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Oregon

Do boats need to be registered?
The Oregon DMV does not register boats. If the combined weight of the boat and trailer is more than 1,800 pounds, then you must register the boat. The Oregon State Marine Board handles boat titles and registrations. You will need to provide the boat s original Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) to register your boat. The costs associated with registering a boat in Oregon include a title fee and a registration fee.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Oregon

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
No, you do not need a motorcycle drivers license to operate a moped in the state of Oregon. A standard Class C driver s license allows you to operate a moped; however you need be at least 16 years of age. There is an option to get a moped-only drivers license as well, which is dependent on the results of a moped knowledge test.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
If you receive a speeding ticket you may or may not have the option of attending traffic school. To pay traffic ticket fines is an admission of guilt to that particular offense. If you wish to avoid having a traffic violation on your driving record, you may participate in The Traffic Safety School Diversion Program. This program is not offered in all counties in Oregon and not all traffic violations qualify you to participate in the program. You must not have had any moving violations in the previous three years to qualify for the program.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
If you are moving to another state, you will want to apply for car insurance in your new state. First, find out if your current insurance company will cover you in the state that you are moving to. Some insurance companies are local to your particular state. Find the best insurance company for you in your new state before canceling your Oregon insurance policy.

For more information: Oregon Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
The Oregon DMV advises that you file a police report for your lost or stolen driver s license if you feel that you have been the victim of identity theft or identity fraud. If you are claiming identity theft, you must also contact your bank and the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338. The DMV can help if you can provide evidence that your driver s license or ID card number was used for fraudulent purposes. Contact the DMV office at 503-945-5000 for questions regarding possible identity theft.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Oregon Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
You may wish to contact local law enforcement to report a stolen or lost car registration replacement due to theft. You can protect yourself from unlawful use of your car registration information if you also report your lost or stolen car registration to the DMV. As an added precaution, Oregon law allows you to black out the address shown on your vehicle registration card to protect your personal information in cases of theft. You can apply for a new registration by mail or in person at your local DMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Oregon

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
It is not a requirement that you return your Oregon license plates if you move out of state, although the Oregon DMV encourages that you return them. Once you have DMV car registration in your new state, you may mail your Oregon plates to the DMV. Returning your old plates discourages fraudulent use of them and also allows the state to recycle the old plates.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Oregon

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
The state of Oregon does not require learner s permit holders under the age of 18 to complete a state approved driver s education course in order to apply for a driver s license. You must have performed one of the following set of requirements:

  • Completed a state approved driver s education course AND 50 hours of behind the wheel driving with a licensed driver who is 21 or older.
  • Completed 100 hours of behind the wheel driving experience with a licensed driver who is 21 or older.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
You do not need to turn in your damaged car title. You should hold onto it until your car title replacement arrives in the mail. On your Application for Replacement Title, you must certify what happened to your title and why you are applying for a replacement. You can only order a car title replacement if your title is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. You may not apply for a replacement title if you believe you know who is in possession of the original title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Oregon

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
If your car registration was damaged and you need a replacement, you should destroy your current registration. You do not need to turn in you damaged registration to the DMV, though. To apply for a duplicate registration card you must:

  • Fill out an Application for Registration,Renewal, Replacement or Transfer of plates and/or Stickers
  • Pay the $5 replacement fee
  • Drop it off at your local DMV office or mail it to:

DMV Headquarters

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, Oregon 97314

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Oregon

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
Yes, drivers need to apply for DMV car registration for motorized scooters or mopeds in Oregon. To register your moped you must:

  • Fill out an Application for Title and Registration
  • Get a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) if your vehicle is required to have one
  • Obtain a proof of compliance for a brand new or imported moped
  • Pay all applicable title and registration fees

The fee for a new registration is $77. Prices subject to change.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Oregon

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
Statewide, there are no vehicle emissions testing requirements to get a car registration in Oregon. Only vehicles in the Salem and Medford Metro areas must pass Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) emissions test. The testing requirements are as follows:

  • In the Portland area, vehicles from 1975 or newer must be tested
  • In the Medford area, vehicles 20 years old or newer must be tested
  • In both Portland and Medford areas, diesel fuel vehicles 8,500 pounds or less must be tested

Some vehicles are exempt from these testing standards. Contact your local DMV office for more information or call the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at 971-673-1630 for an exemption form.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Oregon

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
If you choose not to insure your vehicle, you risk getting fined, having your vehicle towed, and the suspension of your driving privileges. The law requires that you keep at least liability car insurance on your vehicle. Liability minimums are:

  • Bodily injury and property damage liability: $25,000 per person, $50,000 per crash for bodily injury to others, and $20,000 per crash for damage to others property​
  • Personal injury: $15,000 minimum
  • Uninsured Motorist: $25,000 per person, $50,000 per crash for bodily injury

In addition, if you are caught without auto insurance, you will be required to keep proof of car insurance on file with the DMV for three years.

For more information: Oregon Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
You may request to get a veteran designation on your Oregon ID card, driver s license, or permit. To do so you must request the veteran designation and show proof of being a qualified veteran at the time your ID card is issued. There is no extra fee associated with obtaining a veteran designation. You must apply for a veteran designation on your ID card in person at your local DMV office. Oregon DMV offices are closed on weekends, and hours vary by location.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
To get your drivers license, you can obtain a copy of the Oregon Driver Manual on the Oregon DMV website. The Class C driver manual is available in both English and Spanish. There, you can also find English and Spanish audio versions of the driver s manual. A CD copy of the audio driver manual is available for check out at most Oregon public and high school libraries. You may also obtain a hard copy at your local DMV office.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Oregon

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
You may pay traffic tickets online through the Oregon Judicial Department. It may take 10 to 15 days for your citation information to appear online. Also, your case may require that you appear in court for your traffic fines. All fines are due on or before your court appearance unless otherwise noted. Payment plan requests are accepted. The court accepts various forms of payment including cash, checks, money orders, and credit or debit cards. You may pay online, by mail or over the phone, and have your citation number available at the time of making payment.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

How can I renew my drivers license?
You can apply for a drivers license renewal at your local Oregon DMV office. Approximately two months prior to your driver s license expiration date, you may receive a postcard from the DMV reminding you to renew your drivers license. As with applying for a new driver s license, you must fill out a Driver License Application and provide the following:

  • Proof of legal name
  • Proof of legal presence in the U.S., date of birth, and identity
  • Proof of your residence address, if it has changed
  • Social Security Number

Senior drivers 50 years old or more must also pass a vision screening test to renew drivers license credentials.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
You can renew your Oregon vehicle registration either online or by mail. Around 45 to 60 days prior to your car registration expiring, a renewal notice will be sent to your mailing address on file. This notice also serves as a renewal application. It will contain a unique PIN number that you will need when applying for car registration renewal online. To renew car registration online:

  • Your registration must not have expired or not have been expired for more than 75 days in order to.
  • Your vehicle must not require or has already passed vehicle emissions standards.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Oregon

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
If you would like to transfer your car registration from Oregon to that of another state, you must follow that particular state s guidelines for a new registration. Be aware that there may be a variety of fees that you are responsible for when you register your vehicle in another state. Contact the local DMV in the state you are moving to for more information on the documentation required to register your car.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Oregon

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
To apply for a CDL in the state of Oregon, you must either possess a regular driver s license or meet the qualifications for one. You must pass both the Class C noncommercial knowledge and drive tests before you can apply for a commercial drivers license. You must be at least 18 years old. Also, you must provide the following:

  • Proof of full legal name
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States, date of birth and identity
  • Proof of residential address
  • Social Security Number
  • Complete and sign a Commercial Driver License Application
  • Pass the CDL General Knowledge Test
  • Pass the test for which class you are specifically applying, (Class A, B, or C)

There are also testing and insurance fees associated with applying for a CDL in Oregon.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
A person with a disability is defined by the Oregon DMV as a person having limited mobility, vision impairment, or a condition which prevents them from walking more than 200 feet without assistance. These persons may qualify for a disabled person parking permit when getting a car registration. To apply for a disabled person parking permit one must:

  • Have an Oregon driver s license.
  • Fill out the Parking Permit for an Individual with a Disability form with a physician’s signature.
  • Depending on the type of handicap permit (temporary, renewal or non-parking ID card) that is needed, you will either submit the application materials in person or mail them to the Oregon DMV at:

DMV Driver Issuance Unit

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem , OR 97314

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Oregon

How do I apply for a drivers license?
If you would like to apply for a drivers license in the state of Oregon, you must apply in person at your local DMV office.

If you are 18 and over you must:

  • Be a resident of Oregon.
  • Provide the following:
    • Proof of full legal name
    • Proof of legal presence in the United States, date of birth, and identity
    • Proof of residential address
    • Social Security Number
  • Submit a signed and completed Driver License Application
  • Pass the driving test (You only need to take a driving test if it is your first time ever applying for a driver s license)
  • Pass the Class C Knowledge Test

If you are less than 18, you must provide proof of name, citizenship status, date of birth, residence, and Social Security Number, in addition to meeting the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Submit proof of school enrolment status.
  • Have had a driver s permit from Oregon or another state for at least six months.
  • Complete the required amount of supervised behind-the-wheel driving experience.
  • Submit a completed Driver License Application signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Pass the driving test or present the Driver Education Certificate of Completion card.
  • Pass the Class C knowledge test if you do not have a learner s permit.
  • Pass the Safe Driving Practices knowledge test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Oregon

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
If you would like to obtain an Oregon Instruction Permit or learner s permit and you are 18 years of age and older, you must apply in person with the following information:

  • Completed and singed copy of a Driver License Application
  • Provide:
    • Proof of full legal name
    • Proof of citizenship status
    • Proof of identity
    • Proof of date of birth
    • Social Security Number
  • Pass the knowledge test
  • Pass a vision screening
  • Pay the testing and instruction fees

If you are between 15 and 17 years of age and want to apply for an Oregon learner permit, in addition to the requirements listed above you must:

  • Submit a signed copy of a Driver License Application also signed by a parent or legal guardian
  • Provide proof of school enrollment, school completion, or school exemption

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
The state of Oregon issues a motorcycle endorsement to drivers 16 years and older. You must apply in person. In order to apply for a motorcycle license you must:

  • Be an Oregon Resident.
  • Hold or qualify for an Oregon drivers license.
  • Complete and sign a Driver License Application.
  • Present proof of legal name, legal presence in the United States, identity, date of birth, and residence address.
  • Provide your Social Security Number.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Complete an approved motorcycle education course or take the motorcycle knowledge and skills tests.

You must also pay a motorcycle endorsement fee.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
To change your address on your car insurance, you will need to contact your insurance company to notify them of your new address. Your insurance company may direct you to an online form to update your information, or they may ask you to mail in such a form. Each insurance company has their own procedures so contact them if you are unsure of how to perform an address change request on your insurance policy. You can also visit with your insurance agent if that is a possibility.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Oregon

How do I change my address on my car registration?
When you apply for a change of address with the Oregon DMV, your new address is updated on any cars registered in your name along with your driver s license or ID card. You can access a DMV address change form in one of the following ways:

  • Through the Online Change of Address System
  • Print the downloadable Change of Address Notice form and mail it to the DMV
  • At your local DMV, complete or drop off a Change of Address Notice form
  • Residents changing to an address outside of the United States can fill out the Alternate Change of Address online form

The Oregon DMV does not charge to change your address on your car registration.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Oregon

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
You can change your address with the Oregon DMV to update your commercial driver s license with the new information. The DMV will issue an address sticker that is to be placed over your old address onto your commercial driver s license card. You will need to fill out a DMV address change form called a Change of Address Notice and submit it to the DMV:

  • Online form
  • Mail
  • In person at your local DMV office

There is no charge for the address sticker.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Oregon

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
Changing the address on your Oregon driver s license is easy and there is no charge to do so. You may submit an address change form in one of the following ways:

  • Through the Online Change of Address System
  • Print the downloadable Change of Address Notice form and mail it to the DMV
  • At your local DMV, complete a Change of Address Notice form
  • Residents changing to an address outside of the United States can fill out the Alternate Change of Address online form

You will be issued an address sticker that is to be placed over your old address onto your driver s license. To receive a driving license with the new address printed on it, you are responsible for order a replacement drivers license.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Oregon

How do I change my address on my ID card?
If you are looking where to change your address for your Oregon ID card, you will find that you can do so online, by mail, or by visiting your local DMV office:

  • Through the Online Change of Address System
  • Print the downloadable Change of Address Notice form and mail it to the DMV
  • At your local DMV, complete or drop off a Change of Address Notice form
  • Residents changing to an address outside of the United States can fill out the Alternate Change of Address online form

There is no fee associated with changing your address with the Oregon DMV.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Oregon

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
To change name on your car insurance, you may wish to contact your insurance provider. They may ask for documentation of your name change. Depending on your insurance company s guidelines, it may be possible to complete the name change request online, by mail, or over the phone. You are encouraged to contact your car insurance company for specific details on the process to change name on car insurance.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
You are required to change your name on your vehicle title in cases of marriage, divorce, domestic partnership and court order. The name change on your car title will automatically apply to your registration. To apply for a name change on your title you must:

  • Submit the original title.
  • Complete an Application for Title and Registration.
  • State on the application form that you are the same person requesting a name change and state the reason (marriage, divorce or personal change).
  • Pay the title fee

You may submit these forms for a name change on your title in person to your local DMV office, or you may mail them with your payment to:

Oregon DMV

1905 Lana Ave. NE

Salem, OR 97314-2250

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
If you would like to request a name change on your Oregon driver s license, you must apply in person at the DMV and:

  • Fill out a Driver License Application or the Commercial Driver License Application form, whichever is applicable.
  • Provide proof of full legal name.
  • Provide proof of legal presence in the United States, date of birth, and identity.
  • Provide your Social Security Number.
  • Provide proof of residential address, if required.
How do I change my name on my ID card?
The requirements to apply for a name change on your Oregon ID card are as follows:

  • Fill out an ID Card Application
  • Provide proof of full legal name
  • Provide proof of legal presence in the United States, date of birth, and identity
  • Provide your Social Security Number
  • Provide proof of residence address, if required

You must apply for a name change in person at the DMV. Changing your name on your Oregon ID card does not automatically change your name on your Oregon vehicle record, your title or registration. You must apply for those changes separately and do so within 30 days of changing your name on your ID card.

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
To make an official name change with the Social Security Administration, you can mail the following information or you may visit an SSA office near you:

  • Complete an Application for a Social Security card
  • Provide proof of your legal name change such as a marriage or divorce certificate
  • Provide proof of your identity with a driver s license, state ID, or US Passport
  • Provide proof of your citizenship with a U.S. birth certificate, certificate of naturalization

You must present the original document or a copy certified by the issuing agency when applying for a name change with the Social Security Administration. The SSA will not accept photocopies of original documents. For more information on how to change your name legally, visit the Social Security Administration website.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
The Oregon DMV takes every precaution to protect your privacy and monitor who has access to your personal information. Personal information includes name, address, telephone number, and driver s license number. Under Oregon law, your driving record can be obtained by a parent or legal guardian or notarized power of attorney. Someone else may order a driving record however, it will be sent to your residential address that is on file. Public entities such as insurance companies, law enforcement agencies and attorney s offices may also look up driver record. These entities must provide proof of their identity and certify their use of the information. Your Social Security Number may only be released in the rare instance that a government agency requests it for a specific purpose. Otherwise it is never shared on your driving record. If you believe that someone has illegally accessed your Oregon DMV driving record, you may contact the DMV headquarters at 504-945-5000.

For more information: Your Oregon Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
To report a stolen car registration, you may file a police report at the nearest police station. If your car registration information was stolen, you may be protected from unlawful use of your vehicle and personal information. Make sure you have your driver s license with you when you appear to file a police report. As an added precaution, Oregon law allows you to black out the address shown on your vehicle registration card to protect your personal information in cases of theft.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Oregon

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
To report a stolen car title, you are encouraged to file a police report at the nearest police station. If your car title information is found to be stolen, then you may be protected from unlawful use of your vehicle and personal information. The Oregon DMV can only issue a replacement car title if the original one is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Oregon

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
To get a copy of your Oregon DMV driving record, you must put in a request via the Order Your Own Record form and pay the applicable fees. There are various types of driving records that you can apply for. They include the following:

  • Non-Employment Driving Record
  • Certified Court Print
  • Suspension Package
  • Driver License Information

Your driving record can be mailed to you or you may request to pick it up at the Oregon DMV headquarters in Salem. Fees range from $1.50 to $17.50. The Oregon DMV does not accept credit or debit cards. You may pay with cash, money order or a personal check. a

For more information: Your Oregon Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
If your ID card has been lost, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed, you can apply for a replacement card. You must apply in person at the DMV office with the following information:

  • Completed ID card Application
  • Proof of full legal name
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States, date of birth and identity
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of residence address

You may be able to apply for an ID card renewal if your card is expired, or will expire within 14 months of applying for a replacement card.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

How do I get a hardship license?
To apply for a hardship permit as the result of a drivers license suspension in the state of Oregon you must:

Mail your application packet to:

DMV – Driver Suspension Unit

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

For more information: Suspended License Information for Oregon

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are a military member and you are stationed out of state, you can apply for a replacement drivers license through the Valid-with-Previous-Photo (VWPP) Application process. You must have a photo on file with the DMV that is no older than nine years and two months, in order to qualify for the VWPP driver s license. You must request a VWPP packet from the DMV via an online request portal. When your packet arrives, you will be asked to provide the following information before you send it back to the Oregon DMV:

  • Copy of your military ID
  • Proof of your Social Security Number
  • Copy of most recent Leave Earning Statement (LES) with Oregon as your home on record

Military spouses and dependents must follow the same procedure to apply for a replacement drivers license if they are located out of state

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Oregon Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
It is possible to get a traffic ticket dismissed off of your Oregon driving record. To get a traffic ticket dismissed, you must plead not-guilty of the offense and then be found not-guilty by the judge at your hearing. Some counties in Oregon offer a traffic school program which may reduce your fine if you participate. Nevertheless, the traffic ticket will still appear on your record. Contact your county judicial court for more information.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
You may obtain a copy of another person s Oregon DMV driving record by request via mail or in person but the record will be sent to the person of inquiry s address on file with the DMV. Under the following circumstances may you order a copy of another person s driving record and receive it at the address you select:

  • If you are the parent or legal guardian
  • If you are the notarized power of attorney

Most record requests must go to the DMV headquarters in Salem as local DMV offices have limited access to personal driving records.

For more information: Your Oregon Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
If your Oregon car registration was lost, stolen or destroyed, then you may apply for a car registration replacement. To apply for a duplicate registration card you must:

DMV Headquarters

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, Oregon 97314

Your duplicate registration card will be mailed to you.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Oregon

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
If your car title has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, you may obtain a car title replacement from your Oregon DMV. You may do so with or without applying for a car registration. To apply for a duplicate car title without registering simply:

  • Fill out an Application for Replacement Title
  • Pay the duplicate title fee of $77
  • Submit materials online or by mail to the DMV office at:

Oregon DMV

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Oregon

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
To obtain a duplicate driver s license from the Oregon DMV, you must apply in person at your local DMV office and fill out a Driver License Application. Along with that, you must also provide the following information:

  • Proof of full legal name
  • Proof of legal presence in the U.S., identity, and date of birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of residence address, if it has changed

You will be issued an interim driver s license to use until your replacement arrives in the mail.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Oregon Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
To obtain a salvaged car title,

  • Fill out an Application for Salvage Title
  • Obtain the current title
  • Provide back of title, or original Bill of Sale, or Lien Release.
  • Provide odometer reading.
  • Include the Salvage title fee, which is currently $27.

Then, mail all information to:

Oregon DMV

Salvage Titles

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Oregon

How do I obtain car registration?
If you purchased your vehicle from an Oregon car dealer, he or she will manage your car registration details. If you bought a used vehicle, follow the steps below:

  • Go to your DMV office.
  • Fill out an Application for Title and Registration.
  • Provide the original Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO).
  • Comply with Low Emission Vehicle standards.
  • Provide the odometer reading.
  • Prove release of vehicle from the previous owner.
  • Pay car title, car registration and license plate fees.

You may submit these materials to your local DMV where you could be eligible to receive your plates or stickers at the time of application. You can also mail the documents to the DMV Headquarters.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Oregon

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
The Oregon DMV Habitual Offender Program will revoke your driving privileges if you have committed 20 or more traffic violations within a five year period. If you are convicted of three or more criminal offenses within a five-year period, you may also have your driving privileges revoked. To reinstate revoked drivers licenses in the state of Oregon, you need to mail the necessary documents and fees to the DMV Headquarters. For a full list of the reinstatement requirements, you can submit an inquiry via an online form or write to the DMV at:

Oregon DMV Headquarters

1905 Lana Ave. NE

Salem, OR 97314

For more information: Suspended License Information for Oregon

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
Your driver s license may be suspended if you refuse to submit to a breath or chemical test when arrested for driving under the influence. If you refuse a breath, urine or blood test, your driver s license will be suspended for one year. If you have any other alcohol-related convictions on your record within the previous five years, then the DMV will suspend your driver s license for three years. To reinstate your suspended driver s license, you will have to pay a reinstatement fee, as well as clear any fines associated with your conviction.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Oregon

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
To reinstate your driver s license in the state of Oregon, you need to mail the necessary documents and fees to the DMV Headquarters. Also, some reinstatement processes can be handled by your local DMV office. You will need to meet all legal obligations for your case and pay a reinstatement fee of $75 to the Oregon DMV. Fees are subject to change without notice. Contact the Oregon DMV at 503-945-5000 for more information on suspended drivers license reinstatement.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Oregon

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
The state of Oregon does not have a driver s license point program. Instead you may receive increasing penalties up to your driver s license being suspended or revoked. The DMV does keep track of your violations. If you accumulate up to 20 traffic convictions in a five-year period, then you may be labeled a habitual offender and have your driver s license revoked. If you fail to pay traffic fines, then your driver s license may be suspended.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

How do I renew my driving permit?
Your Oregon Class C instruction permit is valid for 24 months from the date that it was issued. It will not automatically renew. To renew your learner s permit, you must visit the DMV office and follow the same instructions used to obtain an original learner s permit with the exception of the knowledge test. You do not need to re-take the knowledge test unless your instruction permit has been expired for one year or more.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

How do I renew my ID card?
To renew your Oregon ID card, you must visit the DMV office and do the following:

  • Fill out an ID Card Application
  • Provide proof of full legal name
  • Provide proof of legal presence in the United States, date of birth and identity
  • Provide your Social Security Number
  • Provide proof of residence address, if it has changed

You must also pay the ID card renewal fee. If your ID card has been expired for more than one year, you cannot renew it. You must follow the procedure of applying for a new ID card.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are a military member and stationed out of state, you can renew drivers license through the Valid-with-Previous-Photo (VWPP) Application process. You must have a photo on file with the DMV that is no older than nine years and two months, in order to qualify for the VWPP driver s license. You must request a VWPP packet from the DMV via an online request portal. When your packet arrives, you will be asked to provide the following information before you send it back to the Oregon DMV:

  • Copy of your military ID
  • Proof of your Social Security Number
  • Copy of most recent Leave Earning Statement (LES) with Oregon as your home on record

Military spouses and dependents must follow the same procedure to renew driving licenses if they are also located out of state.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
You must renew your medical report for your CDL at least every two years with the Oregon DMV. You may do so by sending a photocopy of your up-to-date medical card to the DMV. Submissions by post, email, fax, or direct from your employer are all acceptable. Make sure that you send a copy of both sides of the card. Copies of the long form, Medical Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination, are not accepted by the DMV, only a copy of the medical card need be sent. The driver is responsible for making sure that their most up-to-date medical card is on file with the DMV at all times.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
To renew your Oregon motorcycle license, you must visit your local DMV office. You have up to one year to renew your license after it expires. You must pay a renewal fee and provide the following information:

  • Completed and signed Driver License Application
  • Proof of full legal name, legal presence in the United States, identity, date of birth and residence address (if it has changed)
  • Pass a vision screening if you are 50 or older by the time your licence expires

At the time of application, you will receive an interim card to use until your new drivers licence arrives in the mail.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
Whether you are a citizen or a non-U.S. citizen, you must show proof of legal presence in the United States to obtain a replacement drivers license in the state of Oregon. Documents such as a permanent resident card, unexpired foreign passport, and stamped I-94 can be used in application for a replacement driver s license. You must also show proof of your residential address, along with your identity verifying documents. An example of proof of residency would be a utility bill in your name.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Oregon Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
If you lost your Oregon driver s license and are located out of state, then you may be able to apply for a duplicate driver s license through the mail. You may fill out an online inquiry form to find out if you are eligible to apply for a Valid-with-Previous-Photo (VWPP) drivers license. If you qualify, a packet will be mailed to you. You must submit information verifying your identity and send it back to the Oregon DMV. For assistance, contact the DMV at 503-945-5000.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Oregon Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
To apply for a car title transfer from another state to Oregon, you must:

  • Fill out an Application for Title and Registration.
  • Pass an emissions test if you are required to do so.
  • Provide the odometer reading.
  • Provide back of title, or original Bill of Sale or Lien Release.
  • Select license plates.
  • Pay all related title, registration, and plate fees.

Submit all documentation to the DMV in person or by mail at:

Oregon DMV

Salvage Titles

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Oregon

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
If the original title of a vehicle is lost, you may be able to order a replacement and transfer it in the same transaction at the Oregon DMV. This is possible if the vehicle is not required to have an odometer reading and if one registered owner will remain on the title. If that is not the case, then you may replace and transfer car titles by doing the following:

  • Fill out an Application for a Replacement Title
  • Provide Bill of Sale or Lien Release
  • Fill out an Application for Title and Registration

You must then configure the applicable fees and submit your application to the Oregon DMV in person or by mail.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Oregon

How do I transfer my car title?
If you have sold a used vehicle in Oregon, you must make a transfer of title. Sign the back of the pink slip, include the price and the odometer price, then fill out an Application for Title and Registration. As a courtesy, inform the buyer if the vehicle must pass vehicle emissions testing.

The seller must then pay any car title, car registration, and license plate fees associated with a car title transfer.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Oregon

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
To transfer the title of an RV, you must follow the process outlined below:

  • Fill out an Application for Title and Registration
  • Make sure that you follow the title and registration requirements depending on if it is a new, used or registered out-of-state RV.
  • Pay the $77 title fee

There are extra fee per foot applied to the registration fees for RVs longer than ten feet.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Oregon

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
If you are an active-duty military member, or a military spouse or dependent, you may obtain an Oregon motorcycle endorsement if you are located out of state. You must provide the DMV with a copy of the military member s current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) that shows Oregon as the home of record. You can apply by mail by completing a Valid with Previous Photo (VWPP) application packet and sending it in along with a copy of your approved motorcycle course training documentation, and the applicable fee (in the form of a check or money order), to the Oregon DMV:

DMV Headquarters

1905 Lana Ave. NE

Salem, OR 97304

Military personnel stationed in Oregon must visit their local DMV office to apply for a motorcycle endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

How does the DMV check my vision?
The Oregon DMV checks for acuity and field of vision when testing your eyesight during a vision screening for a drivers license. The acuity level must be at least 20/70 when looking through both eyes, and the field of vision must be at least 110 degrees. Your vision test is taken with the use of your corrective lenses, if applicable. If you must wear corrective lenses during your vision test, the DMV will indicate on your license that you must wear your corrective lenses while driving to meet the eyesight standards.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Oregon

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
To get your driver s license in the state of Oregon, you must have had your learner permit for at least six months. You also must have completed 50 hours of driving experience behind the wheel. Your driving experience must be supervised by a driver who is 21 or older who has held a driver s license for at least three years.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
Currently, the Oregon DMV allows you to apply for a car title replacement at your local DMV office or by mail. You cannot order a replacement title online. Once the DMV receives your Application for Replacement Title along with the appropriate fee, you will receive your replacement title in the mail in three to five weeks. You may send your application materials to:

Oregon DMV

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Oregon

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
The Oregon DMV will suspend your driver s license for one year if you refuse to take a blood test while receiving medical care after a vehicle collision. If you have had a previous vehicle and alcohol violation within the previous five years, then your driver’s license will be suspended for three years. You can also get a suspended drivers license if you refuse a blood test under medical treatment in another state.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Oregon

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
When applying for an Oregon ID card in person, residents are issued an interim ID card to use while waiting for the permanent identification card to arrive in the. It will take about 10 business days to receive a new ID card, and it will be mailed to the address on file with the DMV. DMV offices are closed on weekends, hours vary by location.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
 

The Oregon DMV does not have a points system for driver record. Driver s license suspensions may occur for a number of different reasons. Suspensions can be from three months all the way up to your driver s license being revoked for life. Some of the reasons your Oregon driver s license may be suspended include:

  • Failure to appear/comply for a traffic violation
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Underage alcohol offense
  • DUI
  • Habitual Offender

The length of suspension depends on the violation and/or the number of times the violation occurs.

For more information: Your Oregon Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
Oregon Residents may have the opportunity to attend traffic school to prevent having a traffic conviction on their driving record. You may not participate in the Traffic Safety School Diversion Program if you have attended traffic school within the last three years. The other qualifications for participating in the program include:

  • Not being in possession of an commercial driver s license.
  • Not having had any other traffic violations in the last three years.
  • Not driving more than 100 mph over the speed limit.

Please note that not all counties in Oregon participate in the Traffic Safety School Diversion Program. Contact the DMV headquarters at 503-945-5000 for more information.

For more information: Your Oregon Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
When you request a name change for your car title with the Oregon DMV, it will automatically be applied to your car registration as well. The cost of submitting an application for a name change is $77. The fee is $90 for heavy vehicles over 26,000 pounds. You must apply for a name change on your car title and registration within 30 days of changing names on drivers license documentation.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
If your name changes, you must request a name change for your car title with the Oregon DMV. The name change on the car title will automatically apply to your car registration as well. A duplicate car title costs $77, and is $90 for heavy vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds. One should note that you must apply for a name change on your car title and registration within 30 days of changing your name on your driver s license.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
When you request a name change with the Oregon DMV, you must pay the fee associated with replacing that specific document or card.

  • Drivers license or learning permit replacement: $26.50
  • ID card replacement: $39.50
  • Car title replacement: $77, or $90 for a heavy vehicle

Fees are subject to change without notice.

How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
Your Oregon state commercial driver s license is valid for eight years. At around two months prior to the expiration of your CDL, a renewal notice will be mailed to your address. You must renew your CDL in person at the DMV office. At the time of renewal you must:

  • Pass a vision screening (only if you are age 50 or older at the time of renewal).
  • Present proof of legal name, legal presence in the US, date of birth, and identity.
  • Provide your Social Security Number on the application.
  • Pass a HAZMAT Knowledge test, if applicable.
  • Submit a copy of your medical certificate if one is not already on record.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
You may receive a renewal notice in the mail around two months prior to your driver s license expiration date. If you would like to renew your driver s license sooner, then contact your local DMV office to find out the specific rules regarding how soon you can renew your driver s license. To apply for a drivers license renewal, you must appear in person at the DMV office with the following information:

  • Proof of legal name
  • Proof of legal presence in the U.S., identity, and date of birth
  • Proof of residence address, if it has changed
  • Social Security Number

At the time of application, you will receive an interim driver’s license to use until your permanent one arrives in the mail.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
If you are inheriting a vehicle in Oregon, provide proof of the inheritance as well as supporting information on the vehicle. To apply for a car title transfer, you must:

  • Provide the court-issued document naming you as the inheritor.
  • Provide the Oregon title.
  • Fill out an Application for Title and Registration.
  • Provide supporting documents needed to transfer a title.
  • Pay all applicable car title and car registration fees.

You can submit your application by mail or in person at your local DMV office.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Oregon

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
There is no additional fee for not renewing your vehicle registration on time. However, neglecting to renew your reservation within 75 days of the expiration date will prevent you from renewing your car registration online. You must apply to renew car registration by mail or in person if it has been expired for more than 75 days.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Oregon

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
If your driver s license was stolen and you filed a police report, the Oregon DMV may be able to help. In cases of possible identity theft or identity fraud stemming from the use of your driver s license number, the DMV will determine whether or not to issue you a new driver s license with a new driver s license number. The DMV makes decisions on a case-by-case basis, so you must contact the DMV office to determine if your drivers license replacement fee can be waived in cases of identity theft.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Oregon Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
The Oregon DMV sets a minimum amount for which you must report damages in the event of an auto accident. You must file an accident report within 72 hours if:

  • Damage to your vehicle is at least $1,500.
  • Damage to any vehicle involved is over $1,500 and if any vehicle has been towed from the scene.
  • Injury or death resulted from this accident.
  • Damages to any one person’s property is at least $1,500.

You must fill out an Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report if any of the above applies to your accident. If you do not report an accident in the required time, your driving privileges may be suspended.

For more information: Oregon Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
If you are a part-time resident of Oregon, and live outside the state for half of the year, you are still required to have liability car insurance on any vehicle you have registered in the state. The minimum liability insurance includes bodily injury and property damage, personal injury and uninsured motorist coverage. If you chose not to insure your vehicle for half the year, you risk facing fines and the suspension of your driving privileges. Each time you register your vehicle, you must certify that you meet the above requirements for liability insurance.

For more information: Oregon Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
You can find out information regarding your citation such as how to pay traffic tickets online. The Oregon Judicial Court handles traffic and parking violations. If you lost your ticket, go online and provide your driver s license information to find out about cost of traffic ticket or parking ticket. Each county is its own jurisdiction. You may also contact your local judicial court by phone or by mail.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
If you are out of state and your ID card has expired or was lost, stolen or damaged and you need to renew or replace your ID card, you must do so upon your return to Oregon. You must apply in person at your local Oregon DMV office. The Oregon DMV offices are closed on weekends, and hours vary by location.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
An Oregon law enforcement officer may confiscate your driver s license at the time of a DUI arrest. Your driving privileges may be suspended or revoked and your driver s license will be sent to the DMV. The attendant on duty will issue a 30-day temporary driving permit to use. After 30 days, your driver s license suspension will take effect and the permit will no longer be valid. To get back your driver s license, you must pay a reinstatement fee and any other fines associated with your DUI conviction. DMV-assessed fees may include the cost of obtaining a replacement driver s license. If you fail to appear in court for your DUI citation, your driving privileges will be suspended.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Oregon

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
If your personalized plates have been lost, stolen, or damaged and you need to replace them, then you must follow the process for applying for replacement plates. Oregon custom license plates incur an extra fee for replacement. The fee is $5 at the time of your car registration renewal or $10 if you need to replace license plates in between renewals. Fees are subject to change. Contact your local DMV office for more information on custom plate fees.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Oregon

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
In order to get an intrastate or ‘excepted interstate Oregon commercial driving license, you must be at least 18 years old. This license type is restricted to travel within the state of Oregon. You must be at least 21 years of age to qualify for a ‘non-excepted interstate CDL. In addition to the requirements of a non-excepted CDL, you must also meet all federal requirements for the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
There is not an age limit to renew your Oregon driver license. Though, if you will be 50 or older by the time your driver license expires, you must pass a vision screening. Once you reach 50 years old, you will have to pass a vision screening each time you apply for a drivers license renewal. If your license has been expired for more than one year, despite your age, you will have to apply for an original driver’s license. That includes re-taking the driver knowledge and skills tests.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
If stopped by a law enforcement official, you will be asked to provide your driver s license and car registration. It is recommended that you keep your car registration card inside the vehicle at all times. Your Oregon driver s license should be kept on your person for personal identification purposes.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Oregon

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
Your replacement driver license will be mailed to the address you provide on your application. Your replacement license should arrive via mail within 5-10 business days. If for some reason it is found to be undeliverable to the address you provided, then it will be sent back to the DMV. You will be issued an interim driver s license to use until your replacement license arrives in the mail. You may contact the DMV at 503-945-5000 if you have questions regarding the whereabouts of your replacement card.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Oregon Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
Senior citizens age 50 and over must have their vision tested every time they renew their driver s license. If visual acuity is tested to be worse than 20/40, the driver may be restricted to daytime driving only. Those with limited vison who use bioptic telescopic lenses may also be eligible for a restricted drivers license.

You can dispute the DMV vision screening test results and receive unrestricted driving privileges by getting permission from an eye care professional. In this case, submit a completed Certificate of Vision form signed by licensed vision specialist to the DMV office.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
Some of the reasons that you may have to apply for a car title transfer to Oregon include:

  • Purchasing or selling a used vehicle.
  • Moving an out of state vehicle into Oregon.
  • If you have inherited a vehicle from a deceased person
  • Purchase of a salvage vehicle

Along with title transfer fees, you may also have to pay vehicle registration fees on your car.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Oregon

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
Some of the most common violations that result in a suspended drivers license or revocation in Oregon are the following:

  • Failure to appear/comply for a traffic violation
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Underage alcohol offense
  • DUI
  • Habitual Offender

For more information: Suspended License Information for Oregon

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
You must be 16 or older to apply for a motorcycle license in Oregon. If you are under 21 you must complete a Basic Rider Training Course offered by TEAM Oregon or pass the motorcycle knowledge and skills test at the DMV. The Intermediate Rider Training Course is for those 21 and older. You can take the IRT in place of the motorcycle skills test but you must still take the motorcycle knowledge test at the DMV.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
The available endorsements on an Oregon CDL are the following:

  • Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Authorized to operate a vehicle carrying hazardous materials
  • Passenger Authorized to operate a vehicle designed to carry 16 or more passengers, but not a school bus
  • School Bus Authorized to operate a school bus transporting pre-primary, primary, and secondary students
  • Doubles/Triples Authorized to operate a vehicle pulling double or triple trailers
  • Tank Authorized to operate a tank vehicle

You are required to take the HAZMAT test each time you renew your CDL license.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
There are severe consequences for driving with a suspended drivers license in the state of Oregon. Your driver license could be permanently revoked. You could also face any number of different consequences such as:

  • Jail time.
  • Fines.
  • A longer suspension period.
  • Reinstatement fees.

Contact the Oregon DMV at 503-945-5000 for specific information regarding consequences for driving with a suspended license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Oregon

What are the different types of driving records?
The DMV carries different types of driving records that are available for purchase.

  • Non-Employment Driving Record; includes information such as accidents and convictions from the last three years
  • Certified Court Print; includes information such as convictions for major traffic offenses, commercial driver s license, and alcohol-related entries
  • Driver License Information; includes personal information such as address, driver s license number and date of birth

Driving record fees range from $1.50 to $17.50. The Oregon DMV does not accept credit or debit cards. You may pay with cash, money order, or a personal check. An administrative fee of $1.50 is assessed if no record is found.

For more information: Your Oregon Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
There is a schedule of fees associated with applying for a new or replacement Oregon ID card. All fees listed below are subject to change without notice.

  • Original ID card – $44.50
  • Renewal ID card – $40.50
  • Replacement ID card – $39.50
  • Limited term ID card – $20.00
  • Limited term ID card renewal – $18.00
  • Limited term ID card replacement – $39.50

The Oregon DMV office only accepts cash or checks as forms of payment. Credit and/or debit cards are not accepted at the DMV office. There are ATM machines available at many locations for your convenience.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
There is a fee to apply for duplicate driver s licenses in Oregon. Currently, it costs $26.50 to replace your Oregon driver s license. You must apply in person at your local DMV office. If your driver s license is going to expire within 14 months, you may be eligible to apply for a renewed driver s license instead of a replacement one. The driver s license renewal fee is $40. All prices are subject to change without notice. Contact your local DMV for an up-to-date schedule of fees.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Oregon Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
Your first year as a learner s permit holder in the state of Oregon includes the following restrictions:

First six months – You may not be accompanied by a passenger under the age of 20 years old who is not a member of your immediate family. In addition, you may not drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless:

  • You are driving between home and work.
  • You are driving between home and a school event and there is no other option for transportation.
  • You are driving for a job or other employment purposes.
  • You are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older.

Second set of six months You cannot drive with more than three passengers younger than 20 and who are not members of your immediate family. Beginning drivers also cannot drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless:

  • You are driving between home and work.
  • You are driving between home and a school event and there is no other option for transportation.
  • You are driving for a job or other employment purposes.
  • You are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older.

Until you reach the age of 18 you cannot use a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle. This restriction includes the use of hands free accessories.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
In order to be medically certified to obtain a CDL in the state of Oregon, you must pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical examination by a licensed medical examiner. Only those medical professionals listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners may be used. Medical examiner’s certificates are valid up to two years and some medical conditions may require that you have a medical exam done more frequently. The medical screening includes a hearing, vision seizure, diabetes and use of limbs standards.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
The most common reason to replace car registration would be if your card was lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. To apply for a duplicate registration card, you must:

  • Fill out an Application for Registration,Renewal, Replacement or Transfer of plates and/or Stickers.
  • Pay the $5 vehicle registration replacement fee.
  • Drop it off at your local DMV office or mail it to:

DMV Headquarters

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, Oregon 97314

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Oregon

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
There are increasing penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a learner s permit. Violating the restrictions of your provisional license is also considered a Class B traffic violation. If you get two traffic violations then your driving privileges will be restricted for three months. Under restriction, you may only drive to school or work and you are not allowed to carry passengers, with the exception of a parent or legal guardian. If you get another traffic violation after that then your driving privileges will be suspended for six months.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
If you are convicted of driving under the influence in Oregon, various penalties may apply for you to regain your driving privileges. Along with fees and fines, penalties may include:

  • Suspension or revocation of driving privileges
  • Requirement of an alcohol breath analyzer to be installed in your vehicle
  • Court ordered substance abuse treatment

The fee for reinstating you driver s license is currently $77.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Oregon

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
The current fee to reinstate a suspended or revoked driver license in Oregon is $75. However, depending on the circumstance other fees such as, replacement, renewal, and/or original insurance fees may apply in order to regain your driving privileges. Court fines are also a cost to consider to reinstate suspended drivers license. You may contact the Oregon DMV via mail, phone, or online inquiry for a complete list of reinstatement requirements. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Oregon DMV Headquarters

1905 Lana Ave. NE

Salem, OR 97314

(503) 945-5000

For more information: Suspended License Information for Oregon

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
There are various fees associated with an Oregon DMV car registration. You must pay a car title, car registration, and a license plate fee. The schedule of fees are as follows:

  • Regular car title fee: $77
  • New passenger vehicle registration fee, good for 4 years: $172
  • License plate fee:$12 per plate

Fees vary depending on vehicle weight, class and other factors. For a full schedule of fees, contact the Oregon DMV.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Oregon

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
The Oregon DMV charges the same fee for a replacement title as for an original title. Currently it costs $77 to order a duplicate car title. A replacement for a salvage title is $27. You may only apply for a replacement title if your original title has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. If you are registering your car at the same time you are replacing car title, then you will also need to include registration and if applicable, plate fees into your cost configuration.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Oregon

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
To get a duplicate car registration from the Oregon DMV, you will have to pay the $5 car registration replacement card fee. You can apply for a replacement registration in person or by mail. You may pay with a check or money order via mail. DMV office locations only accept cash or checks. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Oregon

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
To renew your vehicle registration you must pay an $86 car registration renewal fee, residents of Multnomah county must pay an extra fee of $19 each year. This car auto registration renewal is valid for a two-year period. There are also fees associated with getting new license plates which is not required to renew your vehicle registration. All fees are subject to change without notice.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Oregon

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
You can apply for a three-wheel restricted motorcycle endorsement at your local Oregon DMV. To qualify, you need to pass the motorcycle knowledge and the motorcycle skills tests. There are no fees to take these tests. The motorcycle skills test is only offered at the following locations:

Beaverton

10280 SW Park Way

Euguene Drive Test Center

2870 W 10th Place

Medford Drive Test Center

1174 Progress Dr. Suite 103

Salem, North

3809 Center St. NE

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
In Oregon, certain drivers license suspensions are eligible for a hardship permit. The hardship permit restricts your driving to certain activities such as:

  • Going to and from work.
  • On-the-job driving.
  • Seeking employment.
  • Participating in a substance abuse program.
  • Getting required medical treatment.

You cannot qualify for a hardship permit if your license was suspended or revoked for a traffic crime or if you violated the restrictions of another hardship or probationary permit.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Oregon

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
If you fail the driving test to get your Oregon state driver s license, you must wait a certain amount of time before you attempt to retake the test.

If you are under the age of 18, you must:

  • Wait at least 28 days after each time you fail to retake the test.
  • Have had a learner s permit for at least one month before you retake the test.
  • Wait one year to test again if receiving a failing score five times.

If you are over the age of 18 you must:

  • Wait at least seven days before retaking the test.
  • Wait at least 14 days to retake the road skills test if you fail the test a second time.
  • If you fail more than five times you must wait one year to test again.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Oregon

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
The following are required to obtain a learner s permit in the state of Oregon:

  • One proof of full legal name
  • One proof of citizenship status
  • One proof of identity
  • One proof of date of birth
  • Social Security Number

Documents needed to apply for a learner s permit in Oregon must be originals or certified copies from the applicable agency.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
In order to apply for a motorcycle license in the state of Oregon you need to provide:

  • Proof of full legal name.
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States.
  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of date of birth.
  • Proof of residence address.
  • Social Security Number

In addition to the requirements listed above you also need to provide a completed and signed Driver License Application.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
The documents needed to apply for an Oregon driving license include:

  • Proof of legal name if different from the name listed on proof of residence documents
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court document
  • Proof of legal presence, date of birth, and identity
    • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Number provided on application
  • Proof of Residence
    • Utility bill, letter from financial institution, etc.

If you are under 18 years old, you must also provide the following to get a drivers license in Oregon:

  • Proof of school enrolment, completion, or exemption
  • A valid drivers permit

Complete a Drivers License Application signed by a parent or legal guardian

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Oregon

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
To replace car title certification, you must submit a signed Application for Replacement Title to the DMV or take them to your local office with your payment. If you need to register your vehicle and apply for a replacement title at the same time, then you must also submit an Application for Title and Registration. When registering your car, you must also pay a registration fee. If applicable, your car must pass vehicle emissions tests to be registered. Currently only the Portland and Medford metropolitan areas participate in vehicle emissions requirements.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Oregon

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
To update your address with the Oregon DMV, you need not present proof of residency. You can simply fill out the Change of Address Notice and submit it by mail or in person to the DMV. There is also an Online Change of Address System, which is a paperless way to notify the DMV of your address changing. The form requires that you provide your new residence and/or mailing address. On the form to update your address, there is also an option to apply your new address to your voter registration information.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Oregon

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens are welcome to submit a change of address to the Oregon DMV via the Online Change of Address System. You are not required to provide any documentation to update your address information with the DMV. The updated information will be applied to your DMV record. You can also fill out a Change of Address Notice and submit it either in person or by mail to:

DMV Headquarters

1908 Lana Ave. NE

Salem, OR 97314

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Oregon

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
To get a car registration copy, you can either apply by mail or in person at your local Oregon DMV office. The document that you need to submit is the Application for Registration,Renewal, Replacement or Transfer of plates and/or Stickers. Along with the form, you must pay the $5 replacement fee. The DMV does not accept credit or debit card transactions. You may pay with a check or money order via mail. DMV office locations only accept cash or checks.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Oregon

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
The documents needed to get a car registration in Oregon are:

Along with the above required documents, you must also be in compliance with emissions standards and provide the odometer reading at the time of sale. The submission of these documents also implies that you meet the insurance requirements for the state of Oregon.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Oregon

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
The state of Oregon allows for car registration renewal online, by mail, in person, or at a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) testing center. To renew in person, bring your renewal notice along with your Declaration of Exemption form, if applicable. Only cars registered in the metropolitan area in which vehicle emissions are required can renew their vehicle registration at a DEQ test center.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Oregon

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
To renew drivers licenses in the state of Oregon, you must present one document from each of the following categories:

  • Proof of full legal name
  • Proof of legal presence in the U.S., identity, and date of birth
  • Proof of residence address, if it has changed

You must also provide your Social Security Number on your Driver License Application at the time of renewal.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
To perform a car title transfer, you will need to submit the following documents to the Oregon DMV:

  • Application for Title and Registration
  • Proof of the previous owners having released their ownership of the vehicle in the form of one of the following:
    • Back of title
    • Original Bill of Sale
    • Original Lien Release
  • All applicable title and registration fees

You can submit these document in person or by mail to the DMV at:

Oregon DMV

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Oregon

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
To replace your driver s license in Oregon, you must provide documents that show proof of your:

  • Full legal name.
  • Legal presence in the U.S., identity, and date of birth.
  • Residential address, if it has changed.

One document from each category will fulfil the requirement. You will be issued in interim driver s license to use until your duplicate drivers license arrives in the mail.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Oregon Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
To obtain an Oregon motorcycle licence, you need to pass a motorcycle knowledge and a motorcycle skills test. In lieu of taking the knowledge and skills tests at the DMV, motorcycle license applicants may complete a motorcycle rider education course provided by TEAM Oregon. The Basic Rider Training (BRT) course is for applicants under the age of 21. The Intermediate Rider Training (IRT) course is for applicants 21 and older.

Learning motorcycle riders who take the IRT course must still take the motorcycle knowledge test at the DMV. You must apply for your motorcycle endorsement within two years of completing either course. If you carry a motorcycle endorsement from a jurisdiction within the United States or Canada, then you only need to take the knowledge test to get your Oregon motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Oregon

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
To apply for a duplicate car title in Oregon, you must fill out the Application for Replacement Title and submit it to the DMV. Currently it costs $77 to replace a car title. You may apply in person or by mail for a replacement car title. On your application you must certify the reason you are applying for a replacement title. If you also plan to register your car, then you need to fill out Application for Title and Registration. Include the registration and plate fees as they apply to you. You also may need to pass a vehicle emissions test if you live in the Portland or Medford metropolitan areas.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Oregon

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
If you get a traffic ticket and you have a CDL, then you are at risk for getting penalties on your regular driving record, in addition to those on your commercial driver s license. Your CDL will be suspended for 60 days if you are convicted of two serious traffic violations. Those violations include reckless driving and excessive speeding, among others. Your CDL will be suspended for one year if you are convicted of one major violation such as driving under the influence. Driving restrictions apply to both your CDL and your non-commercial driver s license.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
If you are convicted of driving under the influence as the holder of an Oregon CDL, your commercial driving privileges will be suspended for at least one year. If you are convicted of a DUI two times or more, your CDL suspension will be for life. However, after 10 years you may qualify for reinstatement. If you are once again convicted of a DUI after a reinstatement, you will be suspended for life and no longer eligible for reinstatement.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
If you locate your original car title after your car title replacement has been issued, then you will want to hold on to your original title until the duplicate arrives. Your duplicate title will be mailed to your mailing address. It will take from three to five weeks to arrive once your paperwork has been received. If you believe you know who is in possession of your original car title, you may not apply for a replacement. The DMV only issues replacement car titles if your original was lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Oregon

What information does a driving record contain?
Your DMV driving record contains personal information such as your name, address, telephone number, driver s license number, and Social Security Number. While Social Security Numbers may only be obtained by qualified government agencies, other businesses, such as insurance companies, may gain accesses to you other personal information. Anyone may order sanitized copies of your driving record. A sanitized driving record does not contain any personal information. Driver records contain DMV information such as accidents, convictions and suspensions.

For more information: Your Oregon Driving Record

What is an ID card?
An ID or identification card is a non-driver identification card that is issued to residents of Oregon. Residents of all ages can apply for an ID card if you do not already have a driver s license or permit. ID cards issued to US citizens or permanent residents are valid for up to eight years. If you are a temporary citizen you may qualify for a limited term ID card that is based upon the length of your stay in the country. You may apply for an ID card at your local Oregon DMV.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
The cost of a DUI in the state of Oregon may vary depending on individual circumstances. Some of the factors that contribute to the cost of a DUI include:

  • Court fines
  • Installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device (IID)
  • Driver s license reinstatement fee
  • Replacement driver s license
  • Substance abuse treatment programs

You must clear any out-of-state suspensions or revocations before you can reinstate your Oregon driving privileges.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Oregon

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The cost of traffic tickets widely varies depending on the type of violation. Fines for speeding range between $60 and $500 for individual drivers. The cost of your traffic ticket should be displayed on the citation given to you by the law enforcement officer. You may pay traffic tickets online. Allow two business days for your citation information to appear online. For more information on the cost of traffic tickets contact your county judicial court.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

What is the cost to get a driver record?
The Oregon DMV offers many options on how to check driving record. You may fill out an Order Your Own Record form and either mail it in or deliver it in person to the DMV headquarters. The types of records available include:

  • Non-Employment Driving Record
  • Certified Court Print
  • Suspension Package
  • Driver License Information

Driving record fees range from $1.50 to $17.50. The Oregon DMV does not accept credit or debit cards. You may pay with cash, money order or a personal check. An administrative fee of $1.50 is assessed if no record is found.

For more information: Your Oregon Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
The penalty for a DUI for drivers who hold a commercial driver s license can be more severe than for non-commercial drivers. Driving under the influence is considered a major violation if you hold a CDL. It does not matter if the DUI occurs under the CDL or the regular driver s license. If you are convicted of a DUI as a CDL holder, your driving privileges will be suspended for one year. If you are convicted of a DUI two times or more, then your suspension will be for life. You are eligible to apply for reinstatement 10 years later.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Oregon

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
If you are under the age of 18, hold a provisional driver license and are caught driving while intoxicated, you face different penalties than adults. Your driving privileges will be suspended until the age of 18 if you are convicted of a DUI. Violating the restrictions of your provisional license is also considered a Class B traffic violation. If you get two traffic violations then your driving privileges will be restricted for three months. Under restriction, you may only drive to school or work and you are not allowed to carry passengers, with the exception of a parent or legal guardian. If you get another traffic violation after that, then your driving privileges will be suspended for six months.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Oregon

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
The minimum liability coverage for car insurance accepted by the state of Oregon in as follows:

  • Bodily injury and property damage liability: $25,000 per person, $50,000 per crash for bodily injury to others, and $20,000 per crash for damage to others property​
  • Personal injury: $15,000 minimum
  • Uninsured Motorist: $25,000 per person, $50,000 per crash for bodily injury​

Each time you register your vehicle, you must certify that you meet the above requirements for liability insurance.

For more information: Oregon Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
You must take the computer-based Class C knowledge test in order to obtain a driver s permit in the state of Oregon. The test consists of questions about road signs and traffic laws. Once you take the test, scores are valid up to two years from the date that the test was taken. To find out what score you need to pass the Oregon driver permit test, contact your local Oregon DMV office.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
To get a title for a moped, you must follow the following requirements:

  • Fill out an Application for Title and Registration
  • Get a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) if your vehicle requires it
  • Obtain a proof of compliance if your moped was imported or is brand new
  • Calculate all applicable fees

The current vehicle title fee in Oregon is $77.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Oregon

What languages is the written test available in?
Both the Class C knowledge test and the Safe Driving Practices test for the state of Oregon driving license are available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Vietnamese

Audio assistance is also available in languages listed.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Oregon

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
To reinstate your Oregon driver s license as the result of a DUI, you must pay a reinstatement fee to the DMV, as well as any fines associated with your court case. Also, any out-of-state revocations or suspensions must be cleared in order to reinstate your driver s license. You will need to provide the Oregon DMV with proof that your court case has been cleared. Your suspension notice will inform you how long you must wait in order to be eligible for reinstatement. The current driver s license reinstatement fee is $77.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Oregon

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
To avoid any penalties for not changing your address with the Oregon DMV, notify them within 30 days of moving or changing your address. You can easily complete an address change form online or in person at the DMV. You can also fill out the Change of Address Notice form and mail it to:

DMV Headquarters

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

Changing your address with the DMV via mail gives you the option to also update your voter registration information.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Oregon

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
Your Oregon driver license is valid up to eight years, and the DMV will mail out a driving license renewing reminder card two months before the expiration date. You have up to one year to renew your driver s license after it expires. After one year, you will have to follow the process of applying for an original driver s license. The process for a new driver license involves retaking the driver knowledge and skills tests.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
You will be required to provide proof of insurance when you take a driving test and during other vehicle related transactions at the Oregon DMV. You may provide proof of car insurance in any one of the following ways:

  • Insurance card
  • Current policy
  • An official letter signed by an authorized insurance agent
  • DMV Certificate of Self-Insurance
  • An Oregon auto dealer license plate

The information provided on either form of these proofs must include information on the vehicle in use, policy number, insurance company name and policy expiration date.

For more information: Oregon Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
If you have applied for a car registration renewal online or by mail and not received your stickers within two weeks, contact the Oregon DMV office at 503-945-5000, or 503-299-9999 if you live in the Portland area. You do not need to cancel your check, the DMV will check on the status of the transaction for you.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Oregon

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
Once you apply for a drivers license renewal at your local DMV office, you will be issued an interim license to use until your new one arrives in the mail. At the time of your renewal application, your old driver s license will be hole punched and you may use that in conjunction with your interim driver s license to serve as proof of your identity until you receive your new driver s license in the mail.

If you have not received your new driver license in the mail, contact your local DMV office for more information.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
The information needed to pass the Oregon Class C driver’s permit knowledge test is located in the Oregon Driver Manual. Those under the age of 18 must take the Safe Driving Practices Test in order to get their driver’s license. This test may be taken within 30 days of one’s 16th birthday. The tests are available to take in several languages including Spanish. An audio version of the test is also available.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
To obtain an Oregon commercial drivers license, you must pass the CDL General Knowledge test and the CDL Skills Test. You may also have to take an additional test depending on the requirements of the CDL class (Class A, B, or C) and endorsements for which you are applying. The knowledge and skills tests are only available in English. Information needed to pass the tests is located inside the Oregon Commercial Driver Manual. If you hold a commercial driver s license from another jurisdiction, the Oregon DMV will waive all knowledge tests with the exception of the HAZMAT test. You must surrender your current CDL for a comparable Oregon CDL.

For more information: Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
To apply for a drivers license in the state of Oregon you will need to take a computer-based knowledge test in person at the DMV office. Applicants under 18 and without a learners permit must also take the Safe Driving Practices knowledge test in addition to the Class C knowledge test. If you are under 18 or if it is your first time applying for a driving license, you will also need to take the driving test. Though, if you are under 18 and have passed a state-approved driver education course, you do not need to take the driving test at the DMV office.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Oregon

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
Oregon drivers are required to have car insurance. The minimum insurance requirements include:

  • Bodily injury and property damage liability
  • Personal injury protection
  • Uninsured motorist

Each time you register your vehicle, you must certify that you meet the above requirements for liability insurance.

For more information: Oregon Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
There are two types of noncommercial licenses in the state of Oregon. The Class C drivers license is for operation of a single motor vehicle not over 26,000 pounds and that does not carry more than 16 passengers total. Firefighters operating emergency vehicles are also included in this class. The other type of noncommercial license is a Class C restricted driver s license. It is issued for the operation of a moped, golf cart, or for a student permit.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Oregon

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
If you fail to keep Oregon car insurance on your vehicle, you may face a variety of consequences. If you are caught without auto insurance, your drivers license could be suspended, or your vehicle towed. You will be responsible for any fees and fines associated with driving without insurance. If you are convicted of driving uninsured, you will have to file a proof of future responsibility for the next three years. This means you must have proof of insurance on file with the DMV. If you are involved in an automobile accident as an uninsured motorist, then you driver’s license will be suspended for one year.

For more information: Oregon Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
If you get your Oregon driver s license suspended, you will receive a notice in the mail of such action. The notice will also state how long you must wait before you can apply for reinstatement of driving privileges. A reinstatement code printed on your notice will advise you on what specific actions to take to reinstate your driving privileges. Most codes require you to pay a reinstatement fee of $75.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Oregon

When does my car registration expire?
Your Oregon car registration expires four years from the date that it was originally issued. Your car registration renewal is good for two years. The fee to renew your Oregon car registration is $86. Multnomah County residents are charged an extra $38 to receive two-year car registration renewal. You may apply for renewals online, but not if your car registration has been expired for more than 75 days.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Oregon

When does my ID card expire?
Your Oregon ID card expires eight years from the date that it was issued. You may renew your ID card 14 months before it expires. You must renew your ID card in person at your local DMV office and pay a renewal fee. If your ID card has been expired for more than one year, you will have to apply for a new card and pay the new ID card fee. Temporary residents of the United States may qualify for limited term ID card. The term is based upon your length of stay in the country.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
The Oregon DMV requires that you submit an address change request within 30 days of moving or changing your address. You can do so online, by post, or in person at the DMV office. There is no fee to change your address with the DMV. Changing your address with the Oregon DMV applies to your driver s license, permit, or ID card and to your car registration. At the time of application, you can update your residence address, mailing address or both.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Oregon

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
Oregon law requires that you transfer all rights to a vehicle upon its sale. You will need to complete a Bill of Sale form if you are doing any of the following:

  • Transferring the title of a vehicle from one owner to the next
  • Transferring the title of a vehicle from another state to Oregon
  • Transferring a lost title

You must provide a description of the vehicle along with its VIN number and the signatures of both the buyer and seller on the Bill of Sale form.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Oregon

When will I need to renew my license?
You will need to renew your driver s license before it expires. Oregon driver s licenses are valid up to eight years. As a courtesy, the Oregon DMV will send out a reminder postcard to your address on record approximately two months before your license is set to expire. You are still responsible for applying for your drivers license renewal even if you do not receive a reminder postcard. If you do not renew within a year of your drivers license expiring, you will have to apply for a brand new driver license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
After applying for a duplicate drivers license, your new driver s license will be sent through the mail. At the time of application, you will be issued an interim license to use until your duplicate license arrives. You should expect to receive your replacement license in five to 10 business days at the address you provided at the time of application. Keep in mind that DMV mail is not forwarded to other addresses, mail will instead be returned to the Oregon DMV. Contact your local DMV office if you have not received your replacement license after 10 business days.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Oregon Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
If your driver s license was suspended by the Oregon DMV, a notice will be sent to your address on record. You must surrender your driver s license to the DMV upon learning of your suspension, and stop driving on any roadways open to the public under your suspended drivers license. Many common offenses such as DUI and non-payment of child support can result in your driver s license being suspended. Contact the DMV to find out if a particular offence is subject to having your driving privileges revoked.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Oregon

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
The Oregon DMV handles all car registration and title transactions including car registration replacements. You may apply for a replacement car registration by mail or in person at the DMV. To expedite your service at the DMV, you may print a form from the website, complete and sign it before you get to an office location. There is a DMV office in your area to serve you. You can contact them at 503-945-5000.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Oregon

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
An ignition interlock device (IID) is a computerized breath reader. It is attached to a vehicle s ignition. The vehicle equipped with this device will not start if the alcohol level of the breath is above the preset limit of the device. You are required to install an IID if you are convicted of a DUI in the state of Oregon. The Oregon DMV offers a list of approved IID devices. The driver is responsible for the cost of installing and maintaining the device. Financial assistance may be available if you cannot afford the costs associated with the IID.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Oregon

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
Oregon drivers can access their traffic ticket fines online. Your county has a page on the Oregon Judicial Department webpage where drivers can find out the costs of traffic tickets and other information regarding citations. Most traffic violations are payable through the online system. A $1.50 processing fee is assessed for each online transaction. You must provide your citation number in order to pay traffic tickets online. You may also find out information about your case by visiting your local county court.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

Where can I get a new drivers license?
You can obtain a new drivers license in Oregon at any of the DMV offices located around the state. All Oregon DMV offices are closed on weekends. You can check for wait times online at the Oregon DMV website. Note that the Oregon DMV only accepts cash or checks as forms of payments at all of its locations. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. However, there are ATMs available at most locations for your convenience.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Oregon

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
To apply for a car title replacement, you must fill out an Application for Replacement Title. Along with that, you must include the replacement fee of $77. You may pay using a check or money order. Fees are subject to change without notice. The Oregon DMV does not accept credit or debit card transactions. Send your complete, signed application and your check or money order to:

Oregon DMV

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

You should receive your duplicate title by mail within three to five weeks.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Oregon

Where can I obtain an ID card?
You can get an ID card at any Oregon DMV office. New ID cards can be issued to any resident of Oregon who does not already hold an ID card, driver s license or permit from Oregon or any other jurisdiction. You must present proof of your name, legal presence in the United States, date of birth, identity, residence address and your Social Security Number in order to apply for an Oregon ID card. After you apply for an ID card in person at your local DMV office, you will be issued an interim card to use until your permanent card arrives in the mail.

For more information: How to Apply fo an Oregon ID Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
The Oregon DMV requires all vehicles registered at the DMV to be insured. You will have to certify that you have minimum insurance for car each time you register your vehicle. Also, you must certify that you will meet the minimum insurance requirements for as long as you own your vehicle. The minimum insurance requirements include:

  • Bodily injury and property damage liability
  • Personal injury protection
  • Uninsured motorist

For more information: Oregon Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
If you are under the age of 18, you must have a biological or adoptive parent or legal guardian sign for your driver s permit or driver s license. If you are under 18 and married, you do not require the signature of a parent or guardian to obtain a driver s license or driver s permit in the state of Oregon. You must show proof of marriage. Emancipated minors must show proof of such judgment in order to waive the parent/guardian signature.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Oregon

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
The Oregon DMV offers many types of driving records available for purchase. Not all records contain the same information. If you received a traffic ticket within the last three years and it does not appear on your driving record, you may contact the Oregon DMV for more information pertaining to your situation. You may obtain a copy of your driving record by filling out an Order Your Own Record form, including a money order, and mailing it to:

DMV Headquarters

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

Driving record fees range from $1.50 to $17.50. The Oregon DMV does not accept credit or debit cards. You may pay with cash, money order or a personal check. An administrative fee of $1.50 is assessed if no record is found.

For more information: Your Oregon Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
If you will be 50 years or older by the time your driver s license expires, you will be required to pass a vision screening at the DMV office. If you are less than 50, you do not need to have your vision checked. All drivers license renewal applicants will have to have their photograph taken along with providing the required documentation to renew a driver s license. You must also pay a renewal fee. All renewal applicants must declare that they are medically fit to drive on their Oregon Driver License Application.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Yes, you will receive a drivers license renewal notice in the mail from the Oregon DMV. Approximately two months before your driver license expires, you should receive a postcard reminding you to renew your driver s license. In the case that you do not receive a driving license renewal notice, you are still responsible for making sure that you apply for a driver s license renewal before your current license expires. You must apply in person at your local DMV for a renewed driver s license. Oregon DMV offices are closed on weekends, hours vary by location.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Oregon

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
The Oregon DMV does not participate in a points system. Your driver s license may be revoked if you are labeled a habitual offender. You can become a habitual offender if you commit 20 or more traffic violations within a five-year period. In addition to increasing penalties from the DMV, your insurance payments may also increase the more traffic fines you incur.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Oregon

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Oregon law does not require you to take an alcohol awareness course to reinstate your driver s license. If you are a minor under the age of 18 and hold a provisional license, then you will be subject to more restricted driving. Restrictions include only being able to drive to and from work and school, and not being allowed any passengers other than a parent or legal guardian. As an adult 18 and older, drivers are subject to participate in a substance abuse treatment program if their driver s license is suspended for a DUI ticket. If 15 or more years has passed since your DUI conviction, then you are not required to participate in a treatment program for your driver s license to be reinstated.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Oregon

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Yes, you have to submit an application to obtain a car registration copy. The document that you need to submit is the Application for Registration, Renewal, Replacement or Transfer of plates and/or Stickers. Along with that you must pay the $5 replacement fee. The DMV does not accept credit or debit card transactions. You may pay with a check or money order via mail. DMV office locations only accept cash or checks.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Oregon

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
To apply for a replacement car title in the state of Oregon DMV, you can appear in person at your local DMV office or mail the necessary information to the DMV headquarters at:

Oregon DMV

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

The documents necessary to get a replacement car title include Application for Replacement Title and a drivers license. Your car insurance information is not required to replace car title documents.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Oregon

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Yes, you will receive a car registration renewal reminder in the mail from the Oregon DMV 45 to 60 days prior to your vehicle s registration expiration date. The notices are mailed to the mailing address on file. This renewing car registration notice also serves as a renewal application. Printed inside will be a unique PIN number that will be needed to apply for renewal online. Bring it with you to renew in person at your local DMV office.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Oregon

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
In Oregon, your car registration expiration date is not according to your birthday or birth month. Your new car registration expires four years from the date that it was issued. Your car registration renewal is good for two years from the date that it was issued. You will be mailed a car registration renewal notice 45 to 60 days before your registration expires. The notice serves as your application for renewal. Take it with you to the DMV or to a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) emissions testing center.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Oregon