✅ Updated September 2020

Ultimate guide to Registering your Vehicle in Oregon

Here's the ultimate guide to registering your vehicle in Oregon. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need to Register your Vehicle in Oregon

Transfer of Ownership - Vehicle has Oregon title

  • A completed Application for Title and Registration;
    • Instead of printing this application, you can start your application online at DMV2U if you plan to go to a DMV office within 30 days.
    • Vehicle Inspection Number (VIN)
  • The Oregon title
  • The original odometer disclosure
  • Original lien releases from any previous security interest holders
  • Original releases or bills of sale from all previous owners;
  • Certificate of compliance for passing an Emission test if you live in a DEQ area.
  • Proof of Oregon Residency. If you do not have an Oregon state tax return documents you can provide any 2 documents below:
    • Utility bills.
    • Property tax record.
    • Rental or lease agreement.
    • Oregon voter registration card.
    • Receipts of Oregon public assistance.
    • Current bank/credit union account that has been active for at least 60 days.
  • Payment for the appropriate fee

Title and Register Your Brand New Vehicle

  • A completed Application for Title and Registration
  • The original Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO)
  • The original odometer disclosure;
  • Original releases or bills of sale from any previous owners
  • Original lien releases from any previous security interest holders
  • Proof of Oregon Residency. If you do not have an Oregon state tax return documents you can provide any 2 documents below:
    • Utility bills.
    • Property tax record.
    • Rental or lease agreement.
    • Oregon voter registration card.
    • Receipts of Oregon public assistance.
    • Current bank/credit union account that has been active for at least 60 days.
  • If you bought the vehicle from an out-of-state dealer and your vehicle is subject to the tax, you may need a Use Tax Certificate from the Oregon Department of Revenue
  • Proof of compliance, or exemption from, the Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) requirement;
  • Payment for the fee

What You’ll Do to Register your Vehicle in Oregon

  • Step 1. Fill out the Application for title and Registration form OR you can complete the application online at DMV2U if you plan to go to the DMV office within 30 days.
  • Step 2. Submit all the documents listed above.
  • Step 3. Provide proof of a passed emissions test, if applicable.
  • Step 4. Complete a VIN inspection, if applicable, and pay the $7 fee.
  • Step 5. Pay all title, registration, and license plate fees.
  • Step 6. Wait for your registration and license plate to be released.

Caveats and Exceptions in Registering your Vehicle in Oregon

  • Department of Environmental Quality requires vehicle to have emission tests done prior to registering.
    • Portland-Metro - Any vehicle built since 1975 will need to be tested.
    • Medford-Ashland - Any vehicle up to 20 years old will need to be tested.
  • Exempted for Emission tests  are:
    • Diesel vehicles that weigh 8,501 lbs. or more.
    • Motorcycles.
    • Low-speed vehicles (golf carts, mopeds, tractors, etc.).
    • Electric
    • Hybrid
    • Government-owned
  • Passenger vehicles 2009 and newer, with 7,500 miles or less, must prove compliance with the LEV requirement to get registration, unless they are exempt.
  • You can apply for title and registration  by mail. Mail all required documents stated above to: 

          Oregon DMV
          1905 Lana Ave NE
          Salem, OR 97314

  • If you apply by mail, plates are usually mailed in 2-3 weeks.
  • Titles are usually mailed in 3-5 weeks, weather you apply by mail or at the DMV office.

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