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How to Get a Title and Registration If You Buy a Vehicle from a Dealership

If you buy a vehicle from a dealership in Oregon, the dealership will usually fill out and submit all of the required paperwork for you. However, it is possible that you might need to complete this paperwork yourself to get a title and registration for your new vehicle. If so, you will need the following paperwork:

  • The Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin, for new vehicles without a title
  • The current vehicle title for a vehicle previously titled in the state of Oregon
  • A dealer’s invoice or bill of sale

How To Get a Title and Registration If You Buy a Vehicle from a Private Party

The process is different if you buy a vehicle from a private party. You will need a properly-completed vehicle title, an odometer disclosure if the vehicle is less than 10 years old, the purchase price, the sale date, and your signature along with the signature of the seller. You may also need to get a current emissions certificate if applicable to your situation. A Bill of Sale is necessary when there is no title present. However, it is recommended that you get a Bill of Sale no matter what as a record of purchase even if there is a title present.

Filling Out The Title

After you receive the title, you have to fill it out. You will have to provide information such as the Vehicle Identification Number, license plate number, model, make, and year of the vehicle as well. In addition to all of this, you have to write in the style of the vehicle as well (such as SUV). You will also have to sign and date the vehicle’s title as well.

How to Register the Vehicle After Buying It

In order to register the vehicle in Oregon after buying it, you have to bring the paperwork listed in the ‘How to Get a Title and Registration If You Buy a Vehicle from a Private Party’ section and additional paperwork. You will need a completed Application for Title and Registration form, proof of Oregon auto insurance, lease or lienholder paperwork if applicable, and payment for the fees.

If you are registering an out-of-state vehicle, you will need more paperwork. You have to submit a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin for new vehicles without a title, a vehicle identification inspection certificate, and the current out-of-state vehicle registration. You can get a vehicle identification certificate at an Oregon DMV office, a licensed vehicle dealer, or at an emissions testing center.

Paying for the Vehicle Title and Registration Fees

If you have a passenger vehicle, the title fee is $98 for a vehicle made in 1999 or earlier, $98 for a vehicle made in 2000 or later with 0-19 combined MPG, $103 for a vehicle made in 2000 or later with 20-39 combined MPG, and $113 for a vehicle made in 2000 or later with 40+ combined MPG. If you are getting a title for an electric vehicle, the fee is $187.

If the vehicle you bought does not have Oregon plates, it costs $24.50 to register it. If you or the vehicle stays in Multnomah County, you have to pay an additional $112 fee. If you or the vehicle instead resides in Washington or Clackamas County, you have to pay an additional $60 fee. You can pay for these fees via checks or money orders made payable to ‘Oregon DMV’.

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Jun 25, 2022