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State has extended deadline for vehicles to pass emissions testing through at least Oct. 1.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Vehicles line up along Tualatin-Sherwood Road for the DEQ Clean Air Station in Sherwood.Apparently Oregonians didn't get the memo about no need to rush to renew their vehicle registrations, instead lining up at DEQ stations in Portland, Clackamas, Sherwood, Hillsboro, Gresham and Scappoose.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Portland resident John Hively reads a book while waiting for DEQ testing in a line of cars along Tualatin-Sherwood Road.While many Oregonians have expired vehicle credentials, registration renewals are available online or through the mail, and DEQ emission inspections will not be necessary through at least the end of September.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon DMV offices statewide closed between March 18 and June 2. On Wednesday, June 3, these offices began providing services by appointment.

Oregon law enforcement agencies have agreed to extend a citation moratorium through at least Oct. 1 on expired driver licenses, driver permits, identification cards, vehicle registration, trip permits and disabled parking permits. DMV and law enforcement may again extend the citation moratorium with an additional grace period.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Wilsonville resident Frank Gonzales sits in his truck along with other vehicles along Tualatin-Sherwood Road near the DEQ Clean Air Station."Other government agencies and businesses are encouraged to exercise similar flexibility and understanding when presented with an Oregon DMV-issued credential that expired during the pandemic and the limited access to government services," Oregon DMV Administrator Thomas L. McClellan wrote in the June 10 memo prominently posted on the state website.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Vehicles line up for the DEQ Clean Air Station in Sherwood.

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