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Selling a Vehicle in Oregon 101

When selling a vehicle in Oregon, there are many things that you should know. One of them is that you have to let the Oregon DMV know that you have sold your vehicle within 10 days of the sale. Thankfully, you can easily do this online via the Oregon DMV’s Notice of Vehicle Sale service. You can also notify the Oregon DMV of the sale of your vehicle via mail. To do so, you should fill out the Notice of Sale or Transfer of a Vehicle form and mail the completed form to:

DMV Headquarters
1905 Lana Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97314

Signing Over The Title to the Buyer

As in other states, you do have to sign over the vehicle’s title to the buyer when you sell your vehicle. This process is relatively simple. All you have to do is sign the title over to the buyer and the buyer has to sign the title, as well. You will also have to fill out a Secure Odometer Disclosure form and you can request this form from the Oregon Auto Dealers Association if you require one. You might also have to fill out a bill of sale if the buyer requests one from you. The bill of sale contains information such as:

  • The car’s make and model
  • Sale date
  • Buyer’s details

What If You Lose the Title?

Losing the title for the vehicle you are trying to sell is a major hassle, since you cannot legally sell a vehicle in Oregon without a title. However, you can ask for a duplicate title from the Oregon DMV. If you need a replacement title, you will have to fill out the Application for Replacement Title form and submit it to the Oregon DMV. Everyone who is listed as an official owner of the vehicle listed on that title has to sign the application. You will have to pay a $98 to $187 fee in order to receive a replacement title in the state of Oregon.

Transferring License Plates in Oregon

You do not have to get rid of your vehicle’s license plates in the state of Oregon after you sell it. You can transfer your license plates to another vehicle. However, you can only do so if the license plates meet certain requirements. These requirements are that the license plates are readable, they will be going on the same type of vehicle, and if your plates are currently issued by the Oregon DMV. You can also transfer your license plates if they are special or custom plates.

Getting Rid of License Plates in Oregon

You can get rid of your old license plates after you sell your vehicle in Oregon if you wish. You can recycle the license plates after defacing or taking off and destroying the date stickers or making the license plates unusable in some other way. You can also bring your license plates with you to a DMV office in Oregon. Alternatively, you can mail them to the Oregon DMV headquarters at the following address:

DMV Headquarters
1905 Lana Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97314
Last Verified:
Mar 30, 2023