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Motorcycles

Overview

Image of a motorcycle and driver passing by
This page provides information about motorcycles.
 
Use the links below to go directly to any section:
Definition
ORS 801.365 defines a motorcycle as any self-propelled (motorized) vehicle other than a moped or farm tractor that:
  • Has a seat or saddle for use of the rider;
  • Is designed to be operated on the ground upon wheels; and
  • Is designed to travel with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground.
Note: In using the ORS link above, you will need to scroll down to find the correct ORS reference.

Motorcycles with Enclosed Cab
Operators of motorcycles with an enclosed cab are not required to wear a helmet or have a motorcycle endorsement.

Title & Registration
To Apply Fees
  • $77 title fee if submitting an application for title (changing ownership information).
  • $48 for renewals and when titling and registering used motorcycles. 
  • $96 for a four-year period if the motorcycle is new, is being registered and titled for the first time, and is not hybrid or electric-powered. 
  • 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: Motorcycles 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.
 
If you have any questions regarding what fees are applicable to your transaction, you may wish to contact DMV.
 
Note: Motorcycles may or may not have been manufactured or equipped for highway use. To legally operate a motorcycle 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 and Converting an Off-Road Motorcycle for Street Use.

License Plates
The standard issue plate for a motorcycle has a yellow background with blue letters and numbers.  Motorcycles 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 motorcycle. 

Related Information
Additional information that may be relevant includes: