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Vehicle Code Book

Overview

DMV compiles all of the Oregon laws that govern vehicle registration, driver licensing and the rules of the road into a single volume we call the Vehicle Code Book. It is updated and published every other year, following the odd-year regular session of the Oregon Legislature. The 2011 edition is the most current edition. This edition includes statutes adopted and amended through the end of the 2011 regular legislative session. It does not, however, include changes resulting from legislation passed during any subsequent legislative sessions.

DMV offers an online Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the Vehicle Code Book. You can download the entire document (3.9 mb PDF) or go straight to a single chapter by following one of the links in the index section below. If you'd prefer to view HTML versions of the laws (which can be easier to cut/paste into other documents), you can access these and other state statutes at https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/.
 
Use the links below to go directly to any section:
    Vehicle Code Book Index
    ORS Chapter Number and Title
    Page #
    Chapter 801: General Provisions & Definitions
    1
    Chapter 802: Administrative Provisions
    27
    Chapter 803: Vehicle Title & Registration
    59
    Chapter 805: Special Registration Provisions
    99
    Chapter 806: Financial Responsibility Law
    119
    Chapter 807: Driving Privileges & Identification Cards
    129
    Chapter 809: Refusal, Suspension, Cancellation & Revocation of Registration, Title, Driving Privileges and Identification Card; Vehicle Impoundment
    167
     
    Chapter 810: Road Authorities; Courts; Police; Other Enforcement Officials
    197
    Chapter 811: Rules of the Road for Drivers
    221
    Chapter 813: Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
    275
    Chapter 814: Pedestrians; Passengers; Livestock; Motorized Wheelchairs; Vehicles With Fewer Than Four Wheels
    305

    Chapter 815: Vehicle Equipment Generally
    319
    Chapter 816: Vehicle Equipment: Lights
    347
    Chapter 818: Vehicle Limits
    361
    Chapter 819: Destroyed, Totaled, Abandoned, Low Value, & Stolen Vehicles; Vehicle Identification Numbers; Vehicle Appraisers
    385
     
    Chapter 820: Special Provisions for Certain Vehicles 399
    Chapter 821: Off-Road Vehicles; Snowmobiles; All-Terrain Vehicles 409
    Chapter 822: Regulation of Vehicle-Related Businesses 423
    Chapter 823: Carrier Regulation Generally 453
    Chapter 824: Railroads 463
    Chapter 825: Motor Carriers 483
    Chapter 826: Registration of Commercial Vehicles 521
    Chapter 153: Violations & Traffic Offenses 533
    Chapter 183: Administrative Procedures Act; Legislative Review of Rules; Civil Penalties
    551
    Chapter 319: Motor Vehicle & Aircraft Fuel Taxes 587
    Chapter 445: Indigents Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents 615
    Miscellaneous Laws 621
    Index 772

    Using DMV Forms, Manuals & Publications
    Use the links below to access information about using and printing DMV Forms, Manuals and Publications, and trouble shooting problems:
    Ordering the Vehicle Code Book
    You can order a hardcopy of the 2011 Oregon Vehicle Code Book. The charge for the books is $7 per copy, which covers the cost of compiling, publishing, and distributing the books.  The 2011 Oregon Vehicle Code Book does not include any changes resulting from legislation passed after the close of the 2011 regular legislative session. 
     
    The books are approximately 5½ by 8½ inches in size, and are available in both a bound and loose leaf version. There are a limited number of loose leaf (notebook style) books available. The loose leaf format requires a three ring binder, which is not provided by DMV. Requests for loose leaf books will be filled on a first come first served basis until the supply has been exhausted. If there are no loose leaf books available, requests will be filled with the bound version of the book.
     
    To purchase copies of the book, send your written request, with $7 per copy payment (make checks payable to DMV), to:
    DMV - Record Services
    1905 Lana Ave NE
    Salem OR 97314
    Please be sure to include the complete name and address where you want the books shipped. If the books need to come to a particular person's attention, please include that information in your request. Please state the number of books you are requesting, as well as the format (see above). It is also a good idea to include a phone number and the name of the person to be contacted in case there are any questions about your request.
     
    Note: You must send payment (by check or money order only) with your request, as DMV is unable to process requests without proper payment.
     
    OREGON VEHICLE CODE 2013 - DMV will begin the process of publishing the new Oregon Vehicle Code book once Legislative Counsel has completed the 2013 update of the Oregon Revised Statutes.  The 2013-2014 edition of the Oregon Vehicle Code is expected to be available in early Summer, 2014, and will include legislative changes adopted through the end of the 2013 regular legislative session.

    If you have any questions or need additional information, please call us at (503) 945-5000.

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