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Titling & Registering Your Vehicle
How to Apply

The process to title and register your vehicle depends on your situation.  

Title and Register a Brand New or Oregon-Titled Vehicle 

Brand New Vehicle from Dealership

Vehicle with an Oregon Title

Vehicle with a Lost Oregon Title

Replace an Oregon Title (no change of owners)

Inheriting a Vehicle with an Oregon Title

Remove a Lien from an Oregon Title

Title and Register a Vehicle from Outside Oregon

Vehicle with an Out-of-State Title

Vehicle with an Out-of-State Title and Lien

Vehicle with Out-of-Country Ownership Documents

Title and Register Another Type of Vehicle

Assembled, Reconstructed or Replica Vehicle



  • Start the application process right away if you moved to Oregon from out of state and have a loan or lease. 
  • You must title a vehicle in Oregon if you want to register it here.  Once you title your vehicle in Oregon, registration from another state is not valid in Oregon. 
  • If your vehicle has had certain kinds of damage, Oregon DMV will not issue a title.
  • The Oregon Dealer Out of Business page has titling information if the dealer you bought your vehicle from is now out of business.
Late Title Transfer Fees
When you buy a vehicle titled in Oregon, you must 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 approve requests to waive or reduce late title fees; a Certification of Vehicle Date of Purchase or a Late Title Transfer Fee Exemption Certification (Form 735-6775) is required.  Contact DMV if you have questions.

Submitting Your Application
You have two options:
  • In person at your local DMV office. (This is the best option if you need 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.

Receiving Your Plates and Title
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.