Motorcycle Registration in Oregon

Oregon residents must register their motorcycles with the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) before riding on roadways is legally permitted. Check out this guide for details on what to do when buying a new bike or moving to the state.

Looking for motorcycle renewal information? Jump over to our Registration Renewals section!

New Oregon Residents

After establishing Oregon residency, you'll have 30 days to register your motorcycle with the DMV. Title applications are done at the same time as registration—for more, visit our Title Transfers section.

Visit your local DMV office and submit to a VIN inspection. The inspection fee is $9. Then provide:

If you would rather apply for motorcycle registration by mail, you may do so by submitting each of the documents above along with payment for the fees to the address below:

Oregon DMV
1905 Lana Ave NE
Salem, OR 97314

Registering Your OR Motorcycle

The motorcycle registration process varies depending on whether it was purchased at a dealership or through a private seller.

Below is what you'll need to know to register your motorcycle in either situation.

Motorcycles Purchased from a Dealership

In most instances, when you purchase a motorcycle from a dealership, the dealership agent will handle the titling and registration process for you. To see a breakdown of what you'll owe, check out our section on Motorcycle Registration Fees & Taxes.

Before you leave, confirm the details to ensure no further requirements will be needed on your end. All titling fees, registration fees, and taxes will typically be included in the overall purchase price of the motorcycle.

Motorcycles Purchased from a Private Seller

For motorcycles purchased through a private seller, you'll need to handle titling and registration yourself.

Visit your local DMV office with the following items:

Registration Fees & Taxes

You may be required to pay the following fees and taxes when you register or renew your motorcycle in Oregon:

  • Motorcycle registration:
    • 4-year registration: $176.
    • 2-year registration: $88.
  • Multnomah County additional fees:
    • $56 for 1 year.
    • $38 for 2 years.
  • Title: $101 to $192.
  • Plate: $13.
  • VIN inspection: $9.


    Application for Title and Registration
    Request a new Oregon title OR registration, registration renewal, plate transfer, OR replacement registration from the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division.
    Certification of Oregon Residency and Domicile
    Use this form to certify that you're a resident of Oregon or domiciled in the state if you need further proof of your presence in the state while applying for a title, registration, driver's license, etc.
    Statement of Lien Satisfaction
    Complete this form when you've satisfied a lien on an OR vehicle title.
    Vehicle Bill of Sale
    Use this form as a proof of purchase when transferring ownership of a vehicle in Oregon.
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