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300,000 notices going out in Oregon for expired requirements, renew license, ID, vehicle tags before deadline

The Oregon law enforcement moratorium for expired vehicle registration, driver licenses and ID cards will end Dec. 31. Those who need to renew should do it as soon as they can – before an expected rush at the end of the year, the Oregon Department of Transportation recommends in a press release.

Starting in November, DMV will mail notices to about 300,000 Oregon residents who have expired vehicle registrations, urging them to renew before the end of the year. This mailing is in addition to the regular reminder DMV sends a few weeks before vehicle's tags expire.

DMV will not send a second reminder for expired licenses, permits and ID cards, so Oregonians must check their card to make sure it's still valid.

"You might receive a reminder in the mail even if it doesn't seem to apply to you," DMV Administrator Amy Joyce said. "Did you sell your car? If you didn't notify DMV, we might still show you as the owner. Protect yourself from parking tickets and towing charges: go online and notify us of the sale."

The current moratorium, passed by the 2021 Legislature, is the last of a series of grace periods giving Oregonians more time to renew at DMV during COVID-19 restrictions.

DMV is open online and in person with or without an appointment.

"To help Oregonians get DMV services during the pandemic, we've added many new online options," Joyce said. "We have caught up with the COVID-19 backlog enough that about half our visits to field offices are by appointment and the other half are standby."

Whether residents set an appointment or just stop by, they can get more than one DMV service in one visit.

Before going to a DMV office, visit DMV2U to see if the desired service is available online – or make sure to have what is needed to bring to an office. DMV2U is part of ODOT's commitment to put transformative technology to make Oregon's transportation system more efficient and user friendly.

"Going forward, customers will continue to have the option of making an appointment online through DMV2U or dropping by, as well as more choices online," Joyce said. "Anytime you need a DMV service, check DMV2U first and see if you can save yourself time and a trip."

Those who need to visit a DMV in person – especially to renew a license or ID card – it's a good time to get the Real ID option. Starting in May 2023, travelers will need a federally acceptable form of identification to fly – most common are a passport or the Real ID version of a DMV credential.

Bring the documents needed to qualify for Real ID by creating a personalized checklist at Oregon.gov/RealID.


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