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Oregon Residency and Domicile

Am I a Resident of Oregon?

If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions you may be eligible to register your vehicle in Oregon and/or get a driver license or ID card:

  • Do I stay in Oregon continuously for at least six months each year?
  • Are my children in an Oregon public school where I don't pay nonresident tuition?
  • Do I pay Oregon resident tuition at a public university or college?
  • Have I declared myself a resident of Oregon to get a state license (other than an Oregon Driver License) at resident rates?
  • Does my military record list Oregon as my home of record?
  • Do I pay resident income taxes to the state of Oregon?

Note: Owning property in Oregon doesn't necessarily mean that you are a resident of Oregon.

Vehicle Registration

When you register or renew your vehicle registration you must certify:

  • You are a resident of or live in Oregon; or
  • You are eligible, or required, to register under Oregon law.

In addition, your vehicle may qualify for Oregon registration even if you are not a resident of Oregon if one or more of the following applies:

  • Your business owns the vehicle and has a main office, branch office or warehouse facility in Oregon;
  • You use the motor vehicle in Oregon for pay or profit (other than seasonal farm work); or
  • Your vehicle is:
    • Usually left in Oregon when you are not in Oregon;
    • Used mostly for personal transportation in Oregon;
    • A private passenger vehicle or a vehicle with a loaded weight under 10,000 pounds; and
    • Not a motor home or a camper.

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