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  • RV & Motorhome Registration in Oregon

    The Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) defines recreational vehicles (RVs) and motor homes as any vehicle designed, reconstructed, or permanently altered as a facility for habitation, specifically meaning permanent sleeping and cooking features. This includes permanently mounted campers on pickup trucks and frames.

    You must be an Oregon resident, meaning that your main home is in Oregon, to register your RV or motor home with the Oregon DMV. For more information about Oregon residency, see the state's residency requirements.

    OR RV Registration Requirements

    When you buy an RV or motorhome, you must title and register it with the DMV. If you buy the vehicle from a dealership, the dealer will usually handle the registration and title paperwork for you. However, if you buy from a private seller, you'll need to ensure that you get the appropriate paperwork to submit to the DMV yourself.

    To register an RV or motor home with the Oregon DMV:

    Motor home and RV registration in Oregon is valid for 2 years. Before your registration expires, you'll need to renew it. See our page Registration Renewal in Oregon for more information.

    RV License Plates

    The license plates for RVs and motor homes are yellow with blue lettering and numbering. Motor homes and RVs may also have a number of different custom plates, including those for disabled veterans, National Guard, Ex-POW, and Ham radio operators.

    Recreational vehicles will be issued 2 plates, which must be displayed on BOTH the front and rear of the vehicle.

    Trip Permits for Unregistered RVs

    You may obtain a recreational trip permit from the Oregon DMV for anywhere up to 10 days, if you need to move your unregistered RV. You cannot obtain permits totaling more than 10 days in 1 year.

    To obtain a trip permit, you must provide the following information to the OR DMV:

    • You name, address, and driver license or ID number.
    • Vehicle information, including the make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN).
    • Proof of ownership, such as the vehicle title.
    • Insurance information including the insurance company name and policy number.
    • Permit fee of $30.

    Send all of the information above to the DMV at:

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

    Campers and Travel Trailers

    If your recreational vehicle is not permanently attached to the motor vehicle it is mounted on, it may be classified as a camper. Similarly, a camper that is permanently mounted on a trailer is defined as a travel trailer.

    Campers and travel trailers must also be titled and registered with the Oregon DMV. However, if a travel trailer is longer than 45 feet, it cannot be registered.

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