GE TTING YOUR
Oregon and Washington state laws both
require you to notify the state Department
of Motor Vehicles (the office is known as
the Department of Licensing in Washington) within 30 days of moving into
the state, or to a new residence within the
state. Therefore, you likely will need to take
action shortly after you finish moving in.
To get your Oregon driver’s license, you
must apply in person at a DMV office,
presenting proof of your full name, date of
birth, address, Social Security number and
legal presence in the United States. You will
also need to pass a vision test at the DMV
office, along with a Class C knowledge
test—even if you have a valid driver’s license
from another state. Most experienced drivers
will pass the test without much problem,
although it won’t hurt to brush up on traffic
laws if you have any doubt.
In Washington, you do not have to take a
knowledge test if you are over 18 and already
have a valid driver’s license from another
state. You may access the drivers manuals
for Oregon at www.odot.state.or.us/forms/
dmv/37.pdf and Washington at www.dol.
The fee for taking the knowledge test in
Oregon in $5, and a new Class C license
costs $65. It’s then valid for the next eight
years. Be sure to bring cash or a check
with you, as state DMV offices do not
accept debit or credit cards. The licensing
fee in Washington is $89, and it’s valid for
REGISTERING YOUR VEHICLE
You also have 30 days to register your
vehicle in Oregon, presenting to the DMV
two pieces of evidence that you now live
in the state. This may include a utility bill,
rental agreement, property tax document,
state public assistance receipts and/or a
state voter registration card. The current fee
for an Oregon title registration is $77, while
Washington’s fees vary depending on the
county in which you reside.
If you’re new to this amazing city or just moved to a new neighborhood,
you’re fortunate to live in a place providing a wide range of options for
getting around. And to make it simple, there’s a one-stop shop where you
can meet all your transportation needs: Portland SmartTrips. This is your
golden ticket to navigating the city like a native. Here’s a snapshot of what
the city has to offer.
This city was made for walking. With over 152 miles of regional trails plus
many mixed-use neighborhoods with amenities close by, Portland is a
great place to explore by foot.
Most Portlanders live within a quarter mile of a bike lane, neighborhood
greenway or multi-use path. Whether running neighborhood errands,
recreation riding or commuting to work, you will be among numerous
Portlanders who make biking part of their daily routine.
Our transit system is enviable for a city of our size. An interconnected
system of buses, light rail trains, streetcars, and an aerial tram make it easy
to get where you’re going without a car.
Portlanders who want to live a carfree or carlight lifestyle have a few
carsharing companies to choose from offering vehicles by the minute,
hour, or day. With this variety at your fingertips you have the choice to do
without a second car, or give up your vehicle altogether.
Ready to grab the city by the horns –
Visit www.PortlandSmartTrips.org to get moving with your FREE
Welcome to Portland.
We get around differently here.
LIKE A Native