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DMV COVID-19 Update

Accessing DMV Offices

DMV offices are open to the public for all transaction types. Appointments are no longer required, but they do ensure you will be served that day and are given priority over standby arrivals. We encourage customers to do what they can online or through the mail. Please note: drive test appointments do require an appointment.

Drive Tests

Face masks are required on all drive tests. A temperature check and health screening questions will be required before the drive test. Drive test are available by appointment only at a limited number of offices. Approved private businesses are also conducting driver skills tests. Visit the DMV offices page for more information about which offices are offering driver skills tests.

Face Masks

Due to the Governor's order on July 30, 2021, you should be prepared to wear a face covering/mask at all DMV offices. If you are taking a drive test, you will be required to wear a face covering/mask during your drive test.

Expect High Call Volumes

Many parts of ODOT, especially our Commerce and Compliance Division and DMV are getting thousands of phone calls from people wanting to know if offices are open and how to get services. All DMV offices are open. You may experience lengthy waits. We thank you for your patience.

​​DMV offices are open to the public for appointments and standby services. Appointments are served first. If an office has capacity, they might be able to help customers who arrive on a standby basis. If there is not standby capacity available, you will need to make an appointment or go back another day. All transactions are accepted for standby service, except drive tests.

Visit DMV2U to make an appointment at a DMV office. You can also change or cancel​ an already scheduled appointment. 

​Some transactions are available to do by mail:

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

C​ommercial 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​​o​ad during the COVID-19 response.
  • DMV offices are open for commercial driver license (CDL) knowledge tests, original and replacement commercial licenses or commercial learner permits, and commercial license renewals.
  • 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 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.
  • The moratorium under HB 2137 providing a six-month grace period for expired driving privileges ended on Dec. 31, 2021. As of Jan. 1, 2022, you can be cited and convicted for operating a vehicle without current, valid privileges, and if you CLP is expired you cannot take a CDL drive test.
  • ​​​DMV is deferring the cancellation of commercial driving privileges for certain individuals whose medical examiner certificate (MEC) expired on or after September 1, 2021, and was valid for at least 90 days.  The deferral is based on the expiration 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 September 1, 2021, and before February 28, 2022, then the cancellation will be deferred until February 28, 2022​.
    • Drivers with a certified driving type of excepted interstate or non-excepted intrastate are not eligible for this cancellation deferral. 
    • Drivers whose most recently issued MEC was issued for less than 90 days, or expired before September 1, 2021 are not eligible for this cancellation deferral. 
 
All DMV offices are open to the public without an appointment. However, appointments will be given priority.
  

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 ​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. 

The moratorium under HB 2137 providing a six-month grace period for expired driving privileges ended on Dec. 31, 2021. As of Jan. 1, you can be cited and convicted for operating a vehicle without current, valid privileges, and if you CLP is expired you cannot take a CDL drive test.

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
  • DEQ testing stations are now open.   
  • DEQToo​™ businesses also provide DEQ testing. Once you pass the test, renew online at DMV2U​.
  • If you bought a DEQ certificate online when their offices were closed, but have not had your vehicle tested:
    • Contact DEQ. DEQ Too businesses cannot complete your inspection, you must go to a DEQ testing station.
    • If you renewed online and received your stickers, do not contact DMV. Your registration is still valid.
The best options to file an accident report are: 
  • Email to OregonDMVAccidents@odot.oregon.gov 
    • DMV will send an auto-reply confirming that your email was received.
    • Save your sent email (with the report) and the auto-reply received from DMV.
    • Please do not mail or fax reports already sent by email.
  • Regular mail to DMV Crash Reporting Unit at 1905 Lana Ave NE, Salem, OR 97314 
    • If you send a report by email, please do not also mail the report. This may cause a delay.
Additional Important Information: 
Under Oregon law ORS 802.220(5), DMV cannot give you a copy of your report, so keep one for yourself.
 
For more information on accident reporting, including a link to a fillable form, please see our Accident Reporting & Responsibilities page​.​
First, we are re​commending that people avoid offices even if they can’t get their services at DMV2U and do what you can by mail. DMV offices are open to the public for both standby service and by appointment. 
 
DMV offices are also taking steps to make field offices safer:
  • ​Limiting 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 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 upda​​te you​r 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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