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DMV COVID-19 Update

Accessing DMV Offices

DMV offices are open to the public by appointment only for select transactions that require in-person service. We encourage customers to do what they can online or through the mail. Watch our video to learn about some of the transactions you can get done from home today.
 
Limits on public access will be in effect until further notice.

Drive Tests

Currently all drive tests are cancelled at DMV offices. Approved private businesses are conducting driver skills tests.

Face Masks

You should be prepared to wear a face covering/mask at all DMV offices per the Oregon Health Authority.

 

Most DMV offices are open to the public by appointment only.  The offices that will remain closed until further notice are:

  • Condon
  • Heppner

​See if you need to make an appointment at a DMV office. You can also change or cancel​ an already scheduled appointment. If you had an appointment scheduled at a DMV office that is closed, DMV will be contacting you to reschedule or move your appointment to a different location. Most appointment slots are full over the next several weeks, but DMV will prioritize rescheduling appointments for customers whose visits were canceled due to hazardous air quality. DMV is preparing to open new appointment slots later this month for additional appointment dates and times.​

​​Some DMV offices are offering drive-up VIN inspections that do not require an appointment.

Drive-up inspections are offered during select hours. Check the DMV Office page​ for office hours and location information. 
 
If you would like to schedule an appointment at a different office for a VIN inspection, you can do it yourself through DMV2U​.​

​Some transactions are available to do by mail:

​Going online is the fastest and easiest way to complete your business with DMV.

Commercial driving privileges are essential for anyone transporting people or goods necessary for the response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Here’s a quick list of what commercial drivers need to know—keep reading for more information:
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Oregon DMV have taken steps to help keep the current holders of commercial driver licenses and commercial learner permits (CLP) on the r​​oad during the COVID-19 response.
  • Many DMV offices are open, by appointment only, for commercial driver license (CDL) knowledge tests, original and replacement commercial licenses or commercial learner permits.
  • The Department of Transportation has partnered with Oregon law enforcement agencies to exercise discretion in their enforcement of commercial vehicle registrations and trip permits that expire during the COVID-19 emergency.
Waivers in Oregon:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and Oregon DMV have taken steps to help keep the holders of commercial driver licenses (CDL) and commercial learner permits (CLP) on the road during the COVID-19 response.
  • Oregon has established an enforcement moratorium on expired Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL) and Commercial Learners Permits (CLP).  Oregon law enforcement will not issue a citations for operating with an expired CDL or CLP if your current CDL or CLP expired or will expire between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.  The enforcement moratorium only applies to operations conducted in Oregon.  CDL skills testing is not affected by the enforcement moratorium and DMV will not permit CDL skills testing to be conducted if the applicant has an expired CLP.​
  • All Oregon CLP holders are eligible to take the CDL skills test without regard to the 14-day waiting period.
  • ​DMV is deferring the cancellation of commercial driving privileges for certain individuals whose medical examiner certificate (MEC) expired on or after March 1, 2020, and was valid for at least 90 days.  The deferral is based on the cancellation date of the person’s most recently issued MEC and the certification of driving type made by the driver.  The deferral is applied as follows:
    • ​If a driver certifies a driving type of non-excepted interstate and their MEC expired on or after March 1, 2020, and before June 1, 2020, then the cancellation will be deferred until October 31, 2020. 
    • If a driver certifies a driving type of non-excepted intrastate or excepted interstate and their MEC expired on or after March 1, 2020, and before June 1, 2020, then the cancellation will be deferred until December 31, 2020.
    • Regardless of a driver’s certified driving type, if a driver’s MEC expires on or after June 1, 2020 and before December 31, 2020, then the cancellation will be deferred until December 31, 2020.
  • DMV is deferring the cancellation of a commercial driving privileges by 180 days for failing to provide the department with a TSA security threat assessment if the individual’s current security threat assessment expired between March 1, 2020 and October 29, 2020.  Please note that DMV will not extend this waiver beyond October 29, 2020 even if authorized by the TSA.​
  • More on FMCSA waiver: The FMCSA granted a waiver of some CDL requirements of 49 U.S. Code §31315(d).
Scheduling appointments:
 
CDL holders and new CDL applicants must schedule an appointment for the following services only:
  • Take CDL knowledge tests
  • Get an original or replacement commercial learner permit
    • Must meet all requirements and hold a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate
  • Get an original or replacement commercial driver license
    • Must meet all requirements and hold a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate
 
Most DMV offices are open to the public by appointment only.  The offices that will remain closed until further notice are:
  • Condon
  • Heppner​
To schedule a CDL drive test, you must use a private third party CDL tester business. To schedule a CDL drive test go to https://www.oregon.gov/odot/DMV/Pages/Driverid/3rdpartytest.aspx.
 
Read ​​ for information on expired licenses and permits.
The operation of commercial motor vehicles under a farm endorsement is essential to ensuring that farmers can produce and transport critical goods. If you own a farm or work for a farm, you can schedule an appointment at DMV to obtain or upgrade a farm endorsement. Issuance-only appointments are limited to individuals that qualify for a farm endorsement without testing. To qualify for a farm endorsement without testing you cannot
  • ​​Have been convicted within the previous five years of reckless driving, DUII, failure to perform the duties of a driver involved in an accident or collisions, criminal driving while suspended or revoked, or fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer;  
  • Have been involved in a traffic accident and convicted of a traffic offense in connection with the accident within 2 years of the date of the application; or
  • Have a lifetime CDL suspension.
For those who need a behind-the-wheel drive skills test to obtain their farm endorsement due to one of the conditions listed above, a limited number of field offices are offering drive test appointments. You will need to call DMC customer assistance to schedule a drive skills test. DMV Customer Assistance, (503) 945-5000; Portland Area, (503) 299-9999. For all other appointments, including issuance of a farm endorsement without a driving test, follow the steps below.
 
Scheduling appointments:
 

CDL holders and new CDL applicants must schedule an appointment for the following services:

  • Take CDL knowledge tests
  • Get an original or replacement commercial learner permit
    • ​Must meet all requirements and hold a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate
  • ​Get an original or replacement commercial driver license
    • ​Must meet all requirements and hold a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate. 
 
Most DMV offices are open to the public by appointment only.  The offices that will remain closed until further notice are:
  • Condon
  • Heppner​
​The Department of Transportation has partnered with Oregon law enforcement agencies to exercise discretion in their enforcement of ​driver licenses, vehicle registrations and trip permits that expire during the COVID-19 emergency. On July 7, Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1601, which creates a moratorium on citations for certain DMV-related activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent reduction of DMV services effective between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. This means that a police officer cannot issue a citation for the following DMV products if they expired during the Mar-Dec 2020 timeframe:​​ 
  • Driver license and identification cards
  • Passenger vehicle registrations
  • Commercial vehicle registrations
  • Trip permits and temporary registrations
  • Disabled parking permits

Read a public notice about the grace period.

If you are registered to vote and do not move your address, you are still registered. The expiration of your driver license or ID card has nothing to do with voter registration.

Employers and Job Seekers 
 
The Department of Homeland Security has issued temporary policies related to COVID-19 for E-Verify and Form I-9​.
 
DEQ closure and your registration
  • ​Most DEQ testing stations are now open.  Check out Oregon.gov/DEQ for information on hours and closures. 
  • DEQToo™ businesses also provide DEQ testing. Visit DEQToo.org for more information. Once you pass the test, renew online at DMV2U​.
During the time that DMV offices are closed due to COVID-19, you can submit your accident report by email or by US Mail to:

DMV - Crash Reporting Unit
1905 Lana Ave NE
Salem OR 97314
503-945-5098
 
For more information on accident reporting, including a link to a fillable form, please see our Accident Reporting & Responsibilities page​.​

DMV Field Offices will not be accepting transactions during this time. You can still submit your transactions through the mail to DMV HQ, and Vitu members will be still be able to utilize their services.

The DMV Business Licensing office also will close to in-person visits beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Temporary and Trip Permit books can be ordered, and certificate renewal applications will be accepted through the mail. Limited staff will be working and can be reached at 503-945-5052 for assistance.

For more detailed information, including how to process and submit transactions, please refer to the March 24, 2020 correspondence sent to industry representatives, associations, and members.

First, we are recommending that people avoid offices even if they can’t get their services at DMV2U and do what you can by mail. DMV offices are working to provide limited essential services by appointment only, and most transactions are not being accepted at this time. 
 
DMV offices are also taking steps to make field offices safer:
  • ​Requiring appointments to limit the number of people inside an office at any one time.
  • Asking customers to enter the office alone for your appointment unless you need to be accompanied – for example, an applicant under 18 years of age who needs a parent or guardian’s signature.
  • We are frequently disinfecting common surfaces such as countertops.
  • Customer counters will have transparent shields.
  • The lobby will have more space between seating areas, knowledge testing machines, and other waiting areas. 
  • We have canceled all drive tests. 
  • We are finding methods to reduce or eliminate lines in offices.  
  • We are limiting the number of customers in an office according to the physical distancing requirements.
  • We have canceled public meetings and non-essential employee meetings to follow the recommended limits on gatherings of people.
  • We are following the overall recommendations and directives of state and federal health officials.

​If you have recently moved to Oregon or within Oregon, you can register and update your affiliation. Check online ​at the Secretary of State’s Office.​ If you have not moved you can still go to the Secretary of State website to check your voter registration status.

If you are already registered to vote in Oregon and do not move your address, you are still registered. The expiration of your driver license or ID card has nothing to do with voter registration.

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