Oregon License Plates

From standard plates to special interest plates, Jerry has everything you need to know about Oregon’s license plates.
Written by Rob Shapiro
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Updated on Mar 23, 2023
In Oregon, most people go with the standard license plates. Some drivers qualify for veteran plate options or special plates, including special interest plates. There are several options and you’ll need to see what you are eligible for and which appeals to you the most. 
Sure, license plates act as an identification number, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some personality to them. Certain people can apply for a special license plate, whereas any driver can choose from a variety of plate backgrounds. 
Don’t worry if you’re feeling overwhelmed with plate options. Car insurance
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What are Oregon license plates and why do I need them?

Plain and simple, license plates provide ID for your car. They serve a crucial role in society. For instance, if you’re in an accident, license plates can help with the process of determining who’s at fault. They are also imperative to help police officers locate stolen vehicles.
According to the
Oregon DMV
, you must have one or two plates and they must be displayed on your vehicle. If you are assigned one plate, it must be installed on the back of your vehicle. One plate is usually issued to:
  • Special interest vehicles
  • Mopeds
  • Motorcycles
  • Antique vehicles
  • Campers
  • Trailers 
Two plates will be assigned to all other vehicles. It’s important to note that no driver can alter their plates or have a frame that covers any of the info.

What license plates does Oregon have?

Oregon license plates fall into
two main categories
  • Standard plates: These are the most common and offer a ton of background options, including Oregon Masonic Family, Share the Road, Crater Lake, Wine Country, and more.  
  • Special plates: Special plates let people boast about their antique vehicles, racing activity vehicle, and more. 
  • This category also includes special interest plates. These plates display a driver’s support for causes or their military service (including proof of awarded medals). 

Standard license plates

The standard plate features a lovely tree between the characters of the plate. There is no additional fee for this plate.
If you want a different background for your plate, Oregon offers a ton of choices. Here are a few, and we’ve included their additional fees in parentheses:
  • Oregon State University (used: $32 / new: $64)
  • Gray Whale ($40)
  • Smokey Bear ($40)
  • The NBA’s Trailblazers ($40)
  • UOAA Ducks ($40)
  • Watch for Wildlife ($40)
  • Cultural ($50)
  • Pacific Wonderland ($100)
Browse through the options to find the one you like the best for your car! 
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Special license plates

In most cases, you must qualify for these plates:
  • Disabled Veteran: You will have to provide proof that you have a disability that’s connected to your military service. You must also complete the
    Application for Disabled Veteran Plates
  • Ex-POW: You will have to provide your qualifying POW status and complete the
    Ex-POW certification
  • Veteran Plate Options: These include First Marine Division FM, Gold Star Family, Purple Heart recipient, Veteran’s Recognition,and more. 
  • Amateur (HAM) Radio Operator: You will have to complete and submit the Application for
    Amateur Radio Operator Registration Plates form
  • Antique Vehicle: To obtain this plate, you will need to maintain your vehicle as a collector’s item. You will have to complete the
    Antique Vehicle Declaration form
  • Special Interest Vehicle: To get one of these plates, your vehicle will have to be maintained as a collector’s item, at least 25 years old, and sanctioned as a special interest by a qualified organization or it must be a street rod, a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle or a racing vehicle. 
  • National Guard: You will need to provide proof that you are an active member of the Oregon National Guard.You can do so by contacting your unit commander to obtain Form 4309. 

How do I get an Oregon license plate?

Getting an Oregon license plate isn’t a very difficult process. To apply for a new Oregon plate, you should review one of these two guides:
You need to have all the required
certificate of title
documents and fees. You can apply by mail to:
DMV Services, 1905 Lana Ave NE, Salem OR 97314
You can also book an appointment at your local DMV office to complete your transaction.
To renew or replace your plates:
  • Apply online on
    for most plates  
  • Log in and locate your vehicle under “replace your license plate” 
  • Follow the instructions
  • If you are unable to renew or replace your plates, simply follow the instructions below or contact your local DMV.
You might have to apply by mail. To do so, complete the application and mail it along with a check or money order to:
DMV Services, 1905 Lana Ave NE,
OR 97314
It’s recommended to confirm that your application needs to be mailed before you do this.

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