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Red mopedThis page provides information about mopeds. 
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ORS 801.345 defines moped as a vehicle, including any bicycle equipped with a power source, other than an electric assisted bicycle or a motor assisted scooter that complies with all of the following:
  • Is designed to be operated on the ground upon wheels;
  • Has a seat or saddle for use of the rider;
  • Is designed to travel with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground;
  • Is equipped with an independent power source that:
    • Is capable of propelling the vehicle, unassisted, at a speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on a level road surface; and
    • If the power source is a combustion engine, has a piston or rotor displacement of 35.01 to 50 cubic centimeters regardless of the number of chambers in the power source; and
  • Is equipped with a power drive system that functions directly or automatically only and does not require clutching or shifting by the operator after the system is engaged.
Note: In using the ORS link above, you will need to scroll down to find the correct ORS reference.

Title & Registration
To Apply Fees
  • $77 title fee if submitting an application for title (changing ownership information).
  • $48 for a two year period for renewals and when titling and registering used mopeds.
  • $96 for a four-year period if the moped is new and being registered and titled for the first time. After an initial four year period, renewals revert to a two year period.
  • $12 plate fee required if the vehicle does not already have plates (also see registration fee page for plate fees).
  • $5 fee if you are replacing or changing plates at the time of registration renewal.
  • $10 fee if you are replacing or changing plates between registration renewal periods.
Note: Mopeds registered in Multnomah County are subject to Multnomah County registration fees and are required to pay an additional $19 per year of registration. Multnomah County registration fees are due at initial registration and renewal for registrations expiring on or after September 1, 2010. Visit Multnomah County's web site for more information.
Note: Mopeds may or may not have been manufactured or equipped for highway use. To obtain registration to legally operate a moped or similar vehicle on the public roads of Oregon, the vehicle must meet federal highway safety and equipment requirements, Federal EPA requirements, and insurance requirements (see Imported Motorcycle and Moped Requirements).
If you have any questions regarding what fees are applicable to your transaction, you may wish to contact DMV.

License Plates
The standard issue plate for a moped has a yellow background with blue letters and numbers.  Mopeds may also have a Custom (Personalized) plate, or they may qualify for an Antique Vehicle, Special Interest VehicleDisabled Veteran, Ex-POW, or Amateur (HAM) Radio Operator plate.  Regardless of the plate type, a single plate is issued and is required to be displayed on the rear of the moped. 

Related Information
Additional information that may be relevant includes: