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    Registering ATVs

    The Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) doesn't issue registration for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Check the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's ATV information page to see how you can get a permit to ride your ATV, as well as other riding information.

    Registering Snowmobiles

    If you are an Oregon resident and own a snowmobile, you must register it with the DMV. To register your snowmobile, follow the same registration procedure as a normal vehicle.

    Make sure to include the following:

    If you're visiting from another state that does not require you to register your snowmobile, the DMV lets you buy an Oregon Snowmobile permit (valid up to 60 days). Obtaining a permit is easy. Visit either a local DMV office or request a permit via mail.

    Be sure to include:

    • Your name, address, and home state.
    • The year, make, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of your snowmobile.
    • Length of permit (up to 60 days).
    • $7 permit fee payable by check or money order to "Oregon DMV".

    Mail your request and materials to the following address:

    • DMV Headquarters
    • 1905 Lana Ave NE
    • Salem, OR 97314

    Registering Trailers

    The Oregon DMV requires registration for various kinds of trailers. If you own a trailer, see which category it falls under and take the steps below to obtain the appropriate registration.

    Recreational Trailers and Campers

    The DMV defines a camper as a structure that isn't permanently attached to the the vehicle but is mounted on the vehicle, has facilities for habitation, is at least 6 feet in length and 5.5 feet or more in height (floor to ceiling). A camper has no more than one axle to support the total weight of the structure.

    The DMV defines trailers as campers that are permanently affixed to the vehicle.

    You can register your trailer or camper by doing the following:

    • Complete an Application for Title and Registration (Form 735-226). Registration is valid for 2 years.
    • Pay fees.
    • You can use the DMV's Camper and Travel Trailer Schedule of Registration Fees to see how much you'll have to pay for registration. Typically, the DMV charges $81 for the first 10 feet and $6.75 for each additional foot.
    • The DMV requires your trailer or camper to have a registration plate. If it doesn't, you'll have to pay a plate fee.
    • If you need to title your trailer or camper at the same time, you must also pay the title fee.

    Boats and Boat Trailers

    The Oregon DMV does not require you to register boats. If your loaded trailer weighs less than 1,800 pounds, it's not necessary to register it to use it on public roads. However, make sure that your trailer meets safety standards. You can also call the Transportation Safety Division at (503) 986-4198.

    Keep in mind that the DMV considers some boat trailers "light trailers." If your loaded trailer weighs between 1,800 and 8,000 pounds, you will need to register it under the "light trailer" classification. The only exception is for rental trailers, special use trailers, recreational trailers, and fixed loads. See the category below for more information.

    Light Trailers

    If your loaded trailer weighs less than 8,000 pounds, you will need to register it with the DMV unless you only use your trailer twice a year. Exceptions include rental trailers, special use trailers, recreational trailers, and fixed loads.

    To register your light trailer, take the following steps:

    • Complete an Application for Title and Registration (Form 735-226).
    • Pay fee.
    • For registration valid for 2 years, the DMV charges $86. You will pay $172 for registration valid for 4 years when registering it for the first time.
    • DMV requires your light trailer to have a registration plate. If it doesn't, you'll have to pay a plate fee.
    • If you need to title your light trailer at the same time, you must also pay the title fee.

    Heavy Trailers

    The DMV defines heavy trailers as those with loaded weights over 8,000 pounds. Exceptions include recreational trailers and campers, special use trailers, and fixed loads.

    To register your heavy trailer, take the following steps:

    • Complete an Application for Title and Registration (Form 735-226).
    • Pay fees.
    • Heavy trailer registration costs $10. The registration is permanent as long as you have an Oregon title.
    • DMV requires your heavy trailer to have a registration plate. If it doesn't, you'll have to pay a plate fee.
    • If you need to title your heavy trailer at the same time, you must also pay the title fee.

    Registering Other Vehicles

    Visit DMV.org's informational pages on registering the following vehicles:

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