Oregon vehicle registration fees will increase Jan. 1
Oregon residents with vehicle tags expiring on or after Jan. 1 will see new registration fees in their renewal reminders starting in November.
The fee for two-year passenger vehicle registration renewal — the Department of Motor Vehicles' most common vehicle transaction — will rise from $86 to $112.
The registration fee is based on the vehicle registration renewal date, not when the fee is paid. DMV mails renewal reminders several weeks before a vehicle's tags expire.
Vehicle registration fees, title fees and other motor vehicle-related fees, such as fuel taxes and motor carriers' weight-mile taxes, help support Oregon's transportation system, both statewide and at the local levels, officials said. The increased fees are part of a major funding package to improve the state's transportation system and to strengthen the economy.
The Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown approved House Bill 2017 to provide Oregonians with improved roads and bridges, more transportation options and enhanced safety throughout the system, according to a press release.
In addition to this vehicle registration fee increase, the package is funded by increases in other transportation-related fees that take effect Jan. 1. These include increases on motor fuel taxes and fees for title transfers and commercial motor vehicles. The bill also creates a 0.5 percent privilege tax on new vehicle purchases, and a $15 fee on new adult bicycles that cost $200 or more.
Here are some transportation system investments these fees will support:
* Highway maintenance, preservation, seismic upgrades and safety, including specific construction projects across the state.
* Increased funding for small cities and counties.
* A Safe Routes to School infrastructure program to reduce barriers and hazards for children walking or bicycling to and from school.
* Economic benefits by sustaining jobs, keeping freight moving and providing a boost to local communities across the state.
Find out more at www.oregon.gov/ODOT.