Driver license, vehicle tag grace period extended into 2021

SALEM – Oregon residents with a vehicle registration, permit or driver license expiring between Nov. 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021, have up to three months after their expiration date without being cited by law enforcement for an expired license or tags.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon law enforcement agencies agreed to the new grace period as DMV catches up with a backlog due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Under the agreement, Oregon law enforcement officers will exercise more discretion for recently expired licenses and registration before choosing whether to write a citation. Law enforcement can verify the status of a driver or vehicle registration electronically during a traffic stop.

A law enforcement moratorium under Senate Bill 1601 from an Oregon Special Legislative Session last summer will expire Dec. 31. Under that legislation, a police officer cannot issue a citation for the following DMV products if they expired between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020:

  • Driver license and identification cards
  • Passenger vehicle registrations
  • Commercial vehicle registrations
  • Trip permits and temporary registrations
  • Disabled parking permits

DMV offices open by appointment

DMV offices are open by appointment – mostly those that require in-person visits such as driver license and other identification card-related services. In some parts of Oregon, the first available appointment may be two months out, so don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your appointment.

As DMV catches up with the backlog, more services will become available by appointment. We do not yet know when walk-in services can resume, but some appointments for vehicle title and registration are available now. Visit for a complete list of services available by office.

See if you can get what you need at DMV2U

Many services are available online at and more will be added soon. Those available now include:

  • Renew your vehicle registration
  • Access your DMV profile
  • Schedule an appointment
  • Replace a lost, damaged or stolen license or ID card
  • Pay a reinstatement fee
  • Report your change of address
  • Report the sale of your car
  • Calculate vehicles fees to mail in title and registration applications

You can also download forms and complete many transactions by mail including vehicle title transfers. Find detailed instructions at We are continually improving our website to help you get what you need.

How DMV is catching up

DMV has been increasing its capacity to provide services as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to use our new system capabilities so customers get their DMV services from the comfort of their homes, and to hire more staff to help catch up with the backlog. Among our current efforts:

  • Hiring additional temporary staff for field offices and call centers.
  • Authorizing overtime to process mailed-in transactions.
  • Adding services online by successfully finishing a multi-year system replacement in July.
  • Expanding capacity for appointments from 16,000 per week this summer to nearly 28,000 per week now.
  • Adding new knowledge test machines to increase capacity.
  • Increasing drive test appointments at DMV offices in addition to expanding the number of private drive-test providers – both using COVID-19 safety practices.