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Oregon Dealer Out of Business


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This page provides information for vehicle owners whose Oregon dealer has gone out of business.
Use the links below to go directly to any section:
General Information
Although DMV cannot give legal advice, this page may assist you with some common situations resulting from an Oregon dealer going out of business, such as when:
  • You paid for a vehicle (vs. financed it) at the time of purchase but the dealer did not give you the vehicle title;
  • You finished making payments to the dealer but they did not give you the vehicle title with their release; or
  • You were making payments to the dealer for a vehicle but you cannot locate them to finish payment.
In situations like these, you may:
  • Verify the status of the dealer's business license and obtain owner information from the DMV Business Regulation section's online files, or contact them directly at (503) 945-5052;
  • File a complaint with the DMV Business Regulation section against the dealer (DMV Business Regulation may not be able to take action against a dealer who is no longer in business, but they do keep complaints on file); and/or
  • Follow the instructions below to apply for a vehicle title and registration (all applications are accepted on a review basis only) if you are unable to contact the owner of the dealership or they are unable to assist you.
Applying for Title & Registration
To apply for a title and registration, you must:
  • Fill out an Application for Title and Registration (Form 735-226):
  • Include the name and address of your lender on lines 13 and 14 of the application, if you borrowed money to purchase the vehicle from the dealer;
  • Fill out and sign a Certification of Ownership Facts (Form 735-550):
    • Contact DMV for this form,
    • Completion of this form does not guarantee issuance of a certificate of title,
    • Fully complete and sign the form or it will not be accepted,
    • Pay close attention to the middle section and provide as much information as possible, and
    • Attach all documents for consideration in your claim of ownership, such as an original bill of sale from the dealer, a copy of your purchase agreement, loan contract, cancelled check, receipts, etc.;
  • Provide original releases of interest from previous owners, if possible, using the back of Title, MCO, Bill of Sale (Form 735-501), or Lien Release (Form 735-524):
    • If you are requesting a release of interest through the mail, we suggest that you send your request by certified mail, restricted delivery,
    • If the envelope is returned unclaimed, you may submit it with your application to support your claim that you are unable to locate the previous owner, and
    • A returned certified mail envelope is not acceptable in lieu of a release of interest if the individual or business is located;
  • Document your attempt to get a release of interest on the Certification of Ownership Facts form (referenced above), if you are unable to locate the vehicle owner (a release of interest from a flooring company, someone who loaned money to the dealer, is not required);
  • Provide the current title, if one was given to you;
  • Pass an emissions test at DEQ if you live in the Portland Area or the Rogue Valley (Medford);
  • Get a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspection if the vehicle is not currently registered in Oregon (currently has no plates or out of state plates):
    • You can get a VIN inspection at a regular or full service DMV office,
    • A $7 fee will be charged for the service,
    • You may also be able to get a VIN inspection while at DEQ, and
    • You may contact DMV to see if the vehicle is titled in Oregon, you will need to provide the vehicle identification number;
  • Choose license plates (click here for choices):
    • If you choose a specialty plate, write the name of that plate in the “Remarks” section of your application,
    • You may transfer Oregon plates you own to your new vehicle:
      • The plates must be a type that DMV still issues, or have a specialty background
      • The plates must be in good condition and readable
      • The plates can only be transferred to the same type of vehicle, and
    • When you transfer plates:
      • The expiration date of the registration will remain the same
      • Expired plates cannot be transferred, unless registration fees are paid at the time of plate transfer
      • You must pay a plate transfer fee of $6;
  • Figure and pay all applicable fees:
    • DMV will not charge fees if you have proof they were already paid to the dealer (you must submit proof of payment with your application),
    • Title fees,
    • Registration Fees,
    • Plate fees; and
  • Submit your completed application, supporting materials and payment to DMV.
Submitting an Application
You may submit your completed application, supporting materials and payment to any full service DMV office (if all is in order, you may be able to get plates or stickers at the office), or mail your materials to the address below:
Oregon DMV
1905 Lana Ave NE
Salem, OR 97314
Make checks or money orders payable to "Oregon DMV."
Note: Due to the additional costs of associated merchant fees, DMV offices only accept cash or checks and do not accept credit or debit cards; however, ATMs are available at most offices.

How Long Will It Take?
If your paperwork is accurate and complete, your payment is correct, and DMV is able to work with your circumstances and the documentation provided, your plates are generally mailed within 5-10 business days. 
Titles are generally mailed to applicants about three to five weeks after DMV receives the necessary paperwork. Delays may occur during peak processing months.

Related Information
Additional information that may be relevant includes: