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Moving & Traveling-related FAQs

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This page provides links to frequently asked questions and answers that pertain to travelers and individuals who are relocating. 
 
Use the links below to go directly to any section:
Moving
I have just moved, how long do I have before I must notify DMV of my new address?
You must notify DMV of an address change within 30 days.
 
Is there a fee for an address change?
No.
 
How do I change my address on my driver license or vehicle registration?
You have a couple of options for changing your address.
 
I am moving to Oregon from another country or state, how do I apply for an Oregon Driver License?
You will need to follow the standard steps for applying for an Oregon Driver License:
I am moving back to Oregon from another U.S. state. When I lived in Oregon previously, I had an Oregon Driver License. How do I re-apply now that I'm a resident again?
Driver licenses must be surrendered when leaving the state so you will need to follow the standard steps for applying for an Oregon Driver License:
I am moving back to Oregon from another U.S. state. When I lived in Oregon previously, I had an Oregon ID Card. How do I re-apply now that I'm a resident again?
In most cases, if your Oregon ID Card is still valid or has been expired for less than one year, you only have to:
However, if your previous Oregon ID Card is expired for over one year, you will have to re-apply for an original.
 
I am moving to Oregon from another U.S. state and have a valid CDL there. How do I apply for a CDL in Oregon?
New residents applying for an Oregon CDL with a valid out-of-state CDL must:
DMV may waive the drive tests if the same driving privileges are being granted in Oregon as in the previous state.
 
I am moving back to Oregon from another U.S. state. I currently have a valid CDL in that other state, but when I lived in Oregon previously, I had an Oregon CDL. How do I re-apply for an Oregon CDL now that I'm a resident again?
A previous Oregon resident returning to Oregon with a valid CDL from another state who wishes to re-apply for an Oregon CDL must:
Note: If your Oregon CDL included a HAZMAT endorsement, you may be subject to a TSA Criminal Background Check.
 
I am moving back to Oregon from another U.S. state. Do I have to re-register and re-title my vehicle?
Returning residents may need to re-title and re-register their vehicle if they titled and registered the vehicle in Oregon, then moved out of state, and now are moving back to Oregon with the vehicle.
 
I am moving to another U.S. state. What do I do with my old Oregon license plates?
Though it is not required, we encourage you to return your Oregon license plates to the Oregon DMV by mail once you have re-registered your vehicle in another state, because this will prevent fraudulent use of your license plates and allow us to recycle them. However, if you need to dispose of them, there are a few recommended license plate disposal and recycling options available to you.
 
I have recently moved to Oregon. What do I do with my license plates from my former state?
You should check with your former state for instructions. However, if you need to dispose of them, there are a few recommended license plate disposal and recycling options available to you.

Traveling
If my Oregon Driver License is expiring or is lost, damaged or stolen while I am out of the state, is there a way I can get a replacement sent to me?
If you are not active duty military and are temporarily outside of Oregon and your driver license has been lost, stolen, mutilated, destroyed, or is about to expire, you may be eligible to renew or replace your driver license from out of state
 
If my Oregon ID Card is expiring or is lost, damaged or stolen while I am out of the state, is there a way I can get a replacement sent to me?
If you are not active duty military and are temporarily outside of Oregon and your driver license has been lost, stolen, mutilated, destroyed, or is about to expire, you may be eligible to renew or replace your driver license from out of state.
 
If I am temporarily outside of the state and my Oregon vehicle registration is expiring, can I renew it while traveling?
Yes, there are registration renewal options that can be used from out of state.
 
Is my out-of-state insurance valid in Oregon?
Your insurance is valid while you are visiting in Oregon as long as your premium is paid. You need to have proof of insurance in the vehicle. If you do not have proof and are stopped by law enforcement, they can cite you for driving uninsured or for failure to provide proof of insurance. If you are cited, you must prove to the court that you had insurance on the day the officer cited you or you will be subject to Oregon's financial responsibility law
 
I have an Oregon Instruction Permit. May I drive in another state with my Oregon Permit?
The permit may or may not let you drive in other states. You should check with any other state where you may be traveling. A good source for information about other states' laws is the AAA Digest of Motor Laws. For information on how to get a copy you may contact AAA at (800) 452-1643.

I am working in Oregon temporarily, so am I required to get an Oregon Driver License?
Non-residents are not required to have an Oregon Driver License. However, while driving a motor vehicle on highways or premises open to the public in Oregon, you must have either a valid driver license or instruction permit in your possession.

General
What is DEQ emissions testing?
DEQ and emissions testing refers to vehicle emissions testing required by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in certain metropolitan areas.
 
How do I locate a DMV office?
You may locate a DMV office using any of the methods below:
Related Information
Additional information that may be relevant includes: