Drivers in the Military in Oregon
Military personnel, veterans, and their families may take advantage of a number of Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) services that typically accommodate those stationed abroad or out of the state.
You can even renew your Oregon vehicle registration online, if you own a vehicle. This makes the task much easier for U.S. service men and women serving abroad, or stationed in other states.
To show proof of Oregon residency, you should provide a copy of your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) showing Oregon as your home of record. Military drivers must still provide their actual residence address, even it if is a different state.
For Oregon drivers in the military who must replace a driver license that has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, or if your license is about to expire, you may request a “Valid With Previous Photo” driver license. To proceed, you must complete an online Oregon DMV Driver Related Inquiry/Request Form or contact your local OR DMV office. When you receive the form, mail it along with the $26.50 fee for replacement, or $40 for renewal, to the following address:
Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division
Driver Issuance Unit
1905 Lana Ave NE
Salem, OR 97314
Those 50 years old and over must have a vision test and submit the proper Certification of Vision (Form 735-24). The required forms and documents must be returned to the DMV's Driver Issuance Unit, at the same address listed above.
Returning to Oregon
Upon your return to Oregon, you're required to go to a DMV office to obtain a replacement license with a photo, and surrender the "valid without photo" license and pay $26.50 again.
Replacing a Lost or Stolen License
For military personnel stationed in Oregon who need to replace a lost, stolen, or destroyed license, you can replace it through the normal procedure, which consists of:
- Providing proof of identity.
- Providing proof of residence, if different than the address on record at the DMV.
- Paying the $26.50 replacement fee.
If you do not have a photo on file with the DMV, you can use a Military ID, passport, or out-of-state driver license or ID card as proof of identity for a new photo.
Renewing Your License
If you're stationed in Oregon and simply need to renew your Oregon license, you must renew in person at a DMV office. There, you must:
- Provide proof of identity.
- Provide proof of address if it has changed.
- Have a vision screening if you're 50 years old or older.
- Pay the $40 renewal fee.
The Oregon DMV does not accept credit or debit cards, but does take checks with proper ID and there are ATMs at most locations.
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