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DMV COVID-19 Update

Accessing DMV Offices

Many DMV offices are open to the public by appointment only for select transactions that require in-person service. Not all DMV offices will be accepting appointments due to staffing impacts and social distancing requirements. 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
  • Cottage Grove
  • Heppner
  • Madras
DMV will continue through the summer accepting appointments only for these services:
  • ​Driver license, permit and ID card issuances;
  • Driver knowledge tests;
  • Disabled parking permits;
  • Farm endorsements; and
  • ​VIN inspections at some offices – OR check your local office​ to see if they offer drive-up VIN inspections.

See if you need to make an appointment with DMV. You can also change or cancel​ an already scheduled appointment.

​​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.
  • Forty 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.
Effective Immediately for CDL & CLP holders:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety 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.
  • All Oregon CDLs expiring between March 1, 2020, and September 29, 2020, now expire on September 30, 2020.
  • All Oregon commercial learner permits (CLPs) expiring between March 1, 2020, and September 29, 2020, now expire on September 30, 2020.
  • All Oregon CLP holders are eligible to take the CDL skills test without regard to the 14-day waiting period.
  • All Oregon CDL holders and CLP holders whose medical certification expired on or after March 1, 2020, retain medical qualification until September ​30, 2020, if the medical examiner certificate was issued for 90 days or more.
FMCSA waiver in Oregon:
  • DMV will not cancel a person’s commercial driving privileges if their medical examiner certificate expired on or after March 1, 2020, and the expired medical examiner certificate was valid for at least 90 days.
  • DMV will grant an additional 90-day grace period before cancelling commercial driving privileges for expiring security background checks for hazmat endorsement holders. This reflects guidance from FMCSA and the Transportation Security Administration (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
  • Cottage Grove
  • Heppner
  • Madras​
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.  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.
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
  • Cottage Grove
  • Heppner
  • Madras​
​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.

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 25th. 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 to 10 or fewer.
  • 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 at oregonvotes.gov​.​

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