Oregon License Plate Information Summary
Getting your Oregon license plates is easy. Simply register the vehicle you have purchased, and you'll get your plates. Once you have them, you can transfer them to your new vehicle. You'll get two stickers that will read when your plates expire and you need to renew them.
Oregon License Plates Offered
In Oregon you can get standard plates, vanity plates, disability plates, and special plates that honor charities and organizations. Contact your local DMV for more information about special plates.
You'll also get two stickers that designate the month and year you need to renew your Oregon license plates. Cars and trucks must have license plates on the front and back of the vehicle. Motorcycles and trailers only need rear license plates.
Your dealership will give you temporary Oregon license plates that you can use until they get your official Oregon license plates.
You can get temporary license plates yourself if you do a private sale. They are good for 21 days and cost $30. However, since you do both at the DMV, you should probably simply get your official Oregon license plates right from the start.
When You Need To Get Oregon License Plates
After you move to Oregon, you have 30 days to get new license plates. If you buy your car in a private sale, you must either get your plates that day, or apply for 21-day temporary Oregon license plates.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
Every two years you need to renew your license plates and registration. You will then get new month and year stickers.
If Your Oregon License Plates Are Stolen
If your Oregon license plates are damaged or stolen, you need to download and fill out Form 735-268 and apply for new ones by mail:
1905 Lana Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97314
You'l be asked to pay $12 per plate, plus $10 for new stickers. You will then be charged an additional $10 if it is not your renewal month, or $5 if it is your renewal month.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You can always transfer your Oregon license plates to a newer vehicle you purchase. The fee is $6.
You need to surrender your plates when you move out of state or cancel your auto insurance. You can bring them to the DMV, or else you can mangle them so they cannot be used again, and stick them in a recycling container.
Oregon License Plate Costs
License plates cost $12 each. In other words, for most vehicles you'll have to pay $24 but for a motorcycle you'll only pay $12.