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    Paperwork Required to Sell a Car in Oregon

    When selling a car in Oregon, you'll need to provide certain documents to the buyer so they can have the car transferred to their name. This page outlines all the documents you need to ensure a successful and worry-free transaction.

    If you need help with the initial process of selling your car, see our helpful guide.

    Selling a Vehicle in Oregon

    To complete the sale with a buyer, you’ll need to complete some documentation and also notify the OR Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV).

    • Certificate of title: You will need to sign off on the vehicle's certificate of title and give it to the buyer. If there are other owners listed on the front of the title, they must also provide a signature. The buyer must sign it too in the designated spot. (Older titles might have you sign as the “registered owner” versus the “new owner,” rather than as the “seller” and the “buyer.”)
    • Odometer disclosure: Using either the appropriate space on the back of the title certificate or a Secure Odometer Disclosure (Form 403), available from the OR DMV.
      • This disclosure is not required for certain vehicles, including cars manufactured without an odometer or vehicles that are 10 years old or older when the DMV receives the application for title. Check out the full list of exempt vehicles at the DMV website.
    • Bill of sale: The buyer may request a Vehicle Bill of Sale (Form 735-501) from you. This will include information including the:
      • Make and model of the car.
      • Sale date.
      • Selling price.
      • Buyer's details.

    You, as the seller, must notify the Oregon DMV of the sale within 10 days of the transfer of ownership. You can either do this online or by mail (see "Notice of Vehicle Sale in Oregon" below).

    Notice of Vehicle Sale in Oregon

    Once you've sold your car, you need to inform the Oregon DMV so you're not liable for any charges associated with the vehicle in the future. The buyer will take care of registering and titling the car in their own name.

    You can notify the OR Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division either by mail or online.

    Lost or Stolen OR Certificate of Title

    If the title certificate for the vehicle you’re selling in Oregon is lost, damaged, or destroyed, you can request a duplicate from the OR DMV. To do so, you’ll complete the Application for Replacement Title (Form 735-515) and submit it to the Oregon DMV.

    Every official owner of the vehicle has to sign the application. You will also need to pay a $77 fee for a replacement title.

    For more information, see our Replacing a Lost Title in Oregon page.

    Transferring License Plates After a Sale

    If you need to dispose of old license plates, you can do the following:

    • Recycle them after defacing or taking off and destroying the date stickers, or otherwise altering the plates so they can’t be used.
    • Mail them to the the OR DMV headquarters in Salem:
      • DMV Headquarters
        1905 Lana Avenue NE
        Salem, OR 97314
    • Take them in person to a DMV office.

    Forms for Easy Download

    Notice of Sale or Transfer of a Vehicle (Form 735-6890)

    Vehicle Bill of Sale (Form 735-501)

    Application for Replacement Title (Form 735-515)

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