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Miscellaneous FAQs
Contact DMV
How do I contact DMV?
You may contact DMV by phone, mail, email or in person, depending upon your location and the activity or information you require. 
 
Fees
Who determines how much DMV charges?
DMV's fees are set/approved by the Oregon legislature. 
 
Can I pay with a personal check?
Yes, DMV accepts personal checks.  ID for the issuer of the check may be requested, so if you are paying your fees with a personal check issued by someone else bring them and their valid ID along.
 
Personal checks should be payable to "Oregon DMV" and must include the following information in order to be accepted by the DMV:
  • Check writer's name (must be pre-printed on the check);
  • Bank routing and account number, or control number for money orders;
  • Check writer's address (may be handwritten);
  • Amount of check (the written amount and printed numeric amount must be identical);
  • Check writer's signature (pre-printed stamped signatures for businesses are acceptable);
  • Date that the check was written; and
  • Any other information required for special circumstances.
Can I pay with a credit or debit card?
Yes. 
 
Forms
What if I don't have software on my PC to access PDF format files?
You can download Acrobat Reader from the Adobe Web Site
 
Why aren't all forms fillable?
Not all PDF format forms can be provided in a fillable format due to the nature of the form and/or the information that must be supplied. A good example is an ODOT Traffic Accident and Insurance Report form which includes areas for manual drawings. 
 
Why can't I save my fillable form?
It is actually a limitation of the technology that prohibits saving a completed fillable PDF form using your browser's save functions (Save or Save As). You must use Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete and save a fillable PDF form (see the Trouble with Fillable Forms section above). 
 
Why can't I submit my form online or via email?
Oregon DMV is prohibited from accepting most of our forms electronically. Many require in-person submission at a DMV office based on statutes enacted by the Oregon legislature. Many forms require, by state and/or federal statute, that a DMV representative verify a number of hardcopy supporting documents and/or the signature. Other forms require drawings and other manual elements. We have automated the forms and processes that we can in order to provide convenience for our customers and efficiencies for our operations, and we hope to automate more in the future as our laws and resources allow. 
 
Job Postings

How can I find DMV job postings?
To access our job postings, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the state Jobs page at http://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/index.aspx.
  2. Click on the "Look for Jobs" link in the left menu bar.
  3. Scroll down to the "Department" section (skipping the "Categories" and "Locations" sections) using the page scroll bar.
  4. At the "Department" section, scroll down to "Transportation-DMV" using the section scroll bar (vs. the page scroll bar).
  5. Select "Transportation-DMV" by clicking on the corresponding checkbox.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page using the page scroll bar and click on the "Apply Search" button.
  7. After the page refreshes, scroll down to see all the posted DMV job openings using the page scroll bar.
  8. Click on a "Job Title" to access a position description.
  9. From the position description you may apply online by clicking on the "Apply" link on the right-hand side near the top of the page or follow the instructions for applying by mail or in person (if provided).
Note: If you are a current state employee, you may view restricted job postings (i.e., those not open to the public) by clicking on the "Internal Postings" link before executing the steps above. 
 
Military Personnel
Are there any special license plates available for veterans?
Yes, there are several veteran and military service-related license plates available.

Can I use a mail forwarding service provider's address for my DMV address?
Yes, you may use the address of a mail forwarding service provider as your mailing address. However, you are required to provide DMV with your residence address as well. This address should be where you physically reside. 
Do disabled veteran license plates allow individuals to use disabled parking spaces?
No, the purpose of the disabled veteran license plate is to honor the sacrifices made by veterans. It does not serve as a parking permit. Only individuals with a valid Disabled Person Parking Permit are allowed to park in spaces designated for disabled persons.

Will I be required to submit proof to DMV that I am an Oregon resident?
You and your family members will be required to provide proof of Oregon residency if you are applying for a renewal or replacement driver license, permit or identification card. Your Leave Earning Statement showing Oregon as your Home of Record will meet this requirement. 
Can I add a designation on my license, permit or identification card to show that I am a veteran?
Yes, DMV will add a veteran designation on your card if you make your request known when you apply for an original, renewal, or replacement license, permit or identification card.  You will need to provide proof that you are a veteran (DD214 or DD215) before the designation will be added. 
 
Passport Cards
Does Oregon DMV issue an enhanced license or ID card that allows border crossing?
Oregon DMV does not issue a special driver license or ID card that serves as a passport to allow U.S. citizens to cross international borders. This type of passport card is issued by the federal government. 
 
Residency & Domicile
What address do I need to provide to DMV?
Oregon law requires that you provide DMV your residence address. The residence address is the actual address at which you reside.
 
My mail is forwarded to me by a mail forwarding service. Can I provide DMV with their address?
You may use the address of a mail forwarding service provider as your mailing address. However, you are also required to provide DMV your residence address.
 
Will I be required to submit proof to DMV that I am an Oregon resident?
Yes, you may be required to submit proof. Proof may be one or a combination of items that shows sufficient proof of your eligibility. These items vary:
What if I'm in the military?
If you are in the military, you may provide a copy of your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) showing Oregon as your home of record. You must still provide your actual residence address, even if it is in another state. Visit our Military Personnel homepage for more information.
 
What will happen if I illegally register my vehicle in Oregon?
A person commits the offense of false application for vehicle registration if the person knowingly makes any false statement or representation with respect to any facts required in any application for registration. The offense of making a false application for vehicle registration is a Class A misdemeanor.
 
Your Oregon registration will be canceled and Oregon DMV will notify the Department of Licensing in the state in which you reside. No refund of any unused portion of your Oregon registration will be refunded. You may be subject to fines as well as civil and/or criminal penalties.
 
If you determine that you are eligible for Oregon registration you will find instructions and the application at Titling Vehicles.
 
What will happen if I have an Oregon Driver License (driving privilege) or ID Card and DMV finds out that I am not a resident or domiciled?
A person commits the offense of false application for driver license or ID card if the person knowingly makes any false statement or representation with respect to any facts required in any application. The offense of making a false application for a driver license or ID card is a Class A misdemeanor.
DMV may question your residency or domicile at any time and ask for a certification and proof.  If you cannot submit acceptable proof, your driver license or identification card will be canceled and Oregon DMV will notify the Department of Licensing in the state in which you reside. No refund of any unused portion of your Oregon license or ID Card will be refunded. You may be subject to fines as well as civil and/or criminal penalties.
 
If you determine that you are eligible for an Oregon Driver License or ID Card, you will find instructions and applications at: