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Titling and Registering Your Vehicle

 

You must title your vehicle in Oregon if you want to register it.  These instruction sheets will help you prepare to title and register your vehicle in Oregon.

Vehicle Titled in Oregon:

Vehicle Not Titled in Oregon:

Branded/Salvage Vehicle:

If your title already has a brand, use the instructions above for your situation. 

  • Add Assembled, Reconstructed, or Replica Brand to Title
    • Common reasons for adding assembled, reconstructed or replica brand: Totaled vehicle (with or without salvage title) that is now reconstructed/rebuilt, vehicle you assembled, or replica vehicle.
  • Get a Salvage Title
    • Common reasons for salvage title: Vehicle is totaled but not reconstructed/rebuilt, or vehicle is wrecked or dismantled.

 

When you buy a vehicle titled in Oregon, bring the title to DMV for transfer within 30 days to avoid a late fee. If you bring the title to DMV:

  • 31-60 days after the sale date, the late fee is $25; or
  • 61 days or more after the sale date, the late fee is $50.

DMV may waive or reduce late title fees.  A Late Title Transfer Fee Exemption Certification is required. Contact DMV with questions.

​You have two options:

  • In person at your local DMV office (this is the best option if you need your registration quickly.)
  • By mail to:
      Oregon DMV
      1905 Lana Ave NE
      Salem, OR 97314

You should keep the Notice of Transaction Submitted page and a copy of the bill of sale in your vehicle until you receive the registration card.

​These average timeframes do not account for processing delays:

  • If you apply by mail, plates are usually mailed in 5-10 business days.
  • If you apply at a DMV office, you may receive plates while you are there.
  • Titles are usually mailed in 3-5 weeks, whether you apply by mail or at a DMV office.

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