What Does The Oregon DMV Do?

The Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) Division handles all services for drivers in the state, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; and driving records. The OR State Marine Board is responsible for boat/vessel registrations as well as boater education and licensing.

When you move to Oregon, you must exchange your driver’s license and apply for a vehicle registration within 30 days of establishing residency in the state. Your vehicle will need to undergo a VIN inspection before it can be titled and registered in Oregon. These inspections can typically be done at your licensing agency office. Additionally, if you’re registering your vehicle within the Portland area, it will need to undergo an emissions inspection.

The DMV also has specific information geared toward its military residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in Oregon are not required to get an OR license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The Oregon DMV offers several online services, including:

  • Appointments
  • Road test scheduling
  • License status checks
  • Driver license/ID card renewal
  • Driver license/ID card replacement
  • Reinstatement fee payments
  • Registration pre-application
  • Registration renewal
  • Duplicate registration issuance
  • License plate replacements
  • Notice of vehicle sale
  • Trip permits
  • Driving records
  • Address changes

You can access many licensing and registration forms online. You can also access the Oregon Driver Manual online, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The DMV offers an online practice test to help you ace your written test.

The OR DMV partners with third-party servicers for title and registration tasks, driver testing, driver education and training, motorcycle training and testing, and CDL skills testing in the state.

Contact Information

Oregon DMV

1905 Lana Ave NE

Salem, OR 97314

Phone: (503) 945-5000

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