How to Complete a DMV Change of Address in Oregon

To change your DMV address in Oregon, you can visit a local branch or complete a form online or by mail.
Written by Sophie Boka
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
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Are you relocating in-state from Portland to Bend? Or are you trading in the LA sunshine for the
Oregon
rain? Wherever you’re moving from, if it’s to somewhere in the Beaver State, you’ll need to update your address with the DMV to drive.
We know—you’re in the middle of a move. The last thing you want to do is head on over to the DMV. But if you want to get behind the wheel, you’ll have to grin and bear it in order to change your address in Oregon.
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How to change your address on an Oregon driver’s license

While all Oregon movers are required to update their addresses, the process looks different for current and new residents. If you’re currently a resident, you can complete the process online. If you’re new to the state, you’ll have to go to the DMV in person.

If you’re moving within Oregon

If you’re already an Oregonian, Oregon makes it super easy to update your address. After you move, you have 30 days to update your
vehicle registration
with the Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services in one of three ways:
The choice is yours. Whatever you choose, make sure you’re prepared by gathering your:
  • Driver’s license number
  • New address
  • Date of birth
Now, let’s talk expenses. How much will this update cost you?
It depends on what you want. In Oregon, you’re not required to get a new license when your address changes. If you’re good with that, then the update is free.
If you do want a new license, you’ll be charged $26.

If you’re moving to Oregon from another state

Welcome to Oregon! First stop, the DMV. After you move, you’ll have 30 days to get acquainted with
your local branch
and replace your out-of-state license.
While you can’t avoid the trip, you can avoid excess waiting. Check out the
DMV’s wait times
and make an
online appointment.
Make sure to also get a head start on your license
pre-application form
.
You can prepare for your appointment by gathering:
  • Your completed pre-application form
  • Proof of identity and date of birth
  • Two proofs of Oregon residency
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
As in most states, you’re only eligible for an Oregon state driver’s license if your out-of-state license doesn’t have any outstanding
suspensions
, revocations, or cancellations. You also must have a
clean record
in Oregon state.
When you get to the DMV, you can expect paperwork, processing, a flattering photo, and a few exams. You’ll be required to take both a vision test and a knowledge test.
No fun facts here—the knowledge is all driving-related. We recommend you brush up with
a practice test
to ensure your trip is one and done.
For your new license, you’ll need to pay $60 plus $5 for the knowledge test. If your license expired over a year ago, you’ll be charged an additional $9 for a driving test. All in, you’re looking at a $65-$74 price tag.

Other steps for a Connecticut change of address

If you’re moving with your ride, you’ll also need to update your vehicle registration within 30 days. Again, this process looks different for in-staters versus out-of-staters.
Moving from within the state? There’s nothing more to do. When you update your driver’s license, your registration record is automatically updated. Lucky you.
Out-of-staters have 30 days to complete the registration—and you can do so in one of two ways:
  • Go to the DMV
  • Mail your documents to:
Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles
1905 Lana Ave NE
Salem, OR
97314
Whether you show up or mail out, be prepared to offer the following documents:
  • Completed title and registration application
  • Original out of state title
  • Odometer reading
    (if your vehicle is less than 10 years old)
  • Emissions test report (if your vehicle is older than 2018)
  • Original releases or
    bills of sale
    (if applicable)
  • Original lien releases (if applicable)
  • Fees, fees, fees
The DMV made
a handy checklist
worth downloading to keep organized. Also, check out their
fee calculator
to be sure you know what to pay.

How to notify your insurance company of your Oregon change of address

You did it! You’re done! Well, not just yet. You may have completed your work with the state, but you also need to update your address with your
car insurance
company ASAP.
If you delay, you could see a
lapse in coverage
. Luckily, this process is super easy. Just give your agent a quick call or try updating your info on your provider's online portal or app.

Why notifying your insurance company of a change of address is so important

Insurers use your zip code to inform your rate. Depending on where you move, your rate could go up or down. The thought of a higher rate is frustrating, but it’s not worth playing the system—being registered under a false zip code can be considered fraud.
You’ll also want to ensure that your coverage checks off your state’s
minimum liability requirements
. If it doesn’t, you could face fines and other consequences.
Not feeling the pressure? Know that procrastinating this step won’t just cost you now, but it could also raise your car, home, and renters insurance for years to come. Make the change today to save yourself the long-term stress.
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FAQs

If you’re already an Oregonian, you can change your address online. If you’re new to the state, you’ll have to go in person.
Out-of-state movers will need to get a new license after establishing residency. If you’re moving within the state, you will need to update your address—but you won’t need a new license.
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