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Administrative Hearing

Overview

This page pertains to hearings resulting from receipt of a notice that states that you have the right to a hearing under Oregon's Administrative Procedures Act.
 
A hearing is an administrative proceeding conducted by an administrative law judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Who Is Entitled to a Hearing?
Many of the actions taken by DMV entitle a person to an Administrative Hearing. The notice you received from DMV will inform you if you are entitled to such a hearing.
 
Note: If your notice tells you that you are entitled to an administrative review, please see Administrative Reviews.

How Do I Request a Hearing?
If you would like to request an Administrative Hearing you can:
  • Submit an online request;
  • Fax your request to DMV Hearings Case Management Unit at 503-945-5521; or
  • Mail or personally deliver your request to:
DMV Hearings Case Management Unit
1905 Lana Ave. NE
Salem  OR  97314
Your request must be in writing and include the following information:
  • Your full name and date of birth;
  • Business name (if the action involves a business certificate or license, or a vehicle that is titled and/or registered to a business);
  • Your complete mailing address (or business address if applicable);
  • Telephone number (with area code) where you can be reached between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday;
  • Driver license, permit, identification card or customer number (if the action involves your driving privilege or identification card – printed just below your address on the notice you received);
  • Vehicle registration plate or title number (if the action involves a vehicle registration plate or title);
  • Request for an interpreter (if you do not speak English, and will need an interpreter to translate for you at the hearing); and
  • Name, address and telephone number of your attorney (if you will be represented by an attorney during the hearing process).
You have the right to be represented by an attorney at your own expense, or you may represent yourself at the hearing. Legal aid organizations may be able to assist you if you have limited financial resources. Parties are not ordinarily and customarily represented by counsel. In most cases, the Department will not be represented by an attorney at the hearing.
 
Note: Pursuant to Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 137-003-0510 and 137-003-0550, if you are an agency, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust, government body, or an unincorporated association you must be represented by an attorney licensed in Oregon unless statutes applicable to the contested case specifically provide otherwise.
 
You may call the DMV Hearings Case Management Unit at (503) 945-5545 to confirm receipt of your request.  DMV is not responsible for requests that cannot be read when they are received or that are lost or misdirected during the transmission process. 
 
A request that is received after business hours will be considered received on the next business day.  Business hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Note: Hearings cannot be requested via the telephone.

How Much Time Do I Have to Request a Hearing?
Your request for a hearing must be postmarked or received at DMV Headquarters in Salem, Oregon within the number of days stated in the notice you received. 
 
If your request is not postmarked or received within the time allowed, your right to a hearing is waived, except as provided in OAR 137-003-0528. This OAR states that within 60-calendar days after a default order is entered, DMV can accept a late hearing request if you show good cause for failing to timely file this request. If your request for a hearing is not postmarked or received within the time allowed, you must state your reason(s) why it is late.

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