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.
REGISTERING YOUR VEHICLE
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 six years.
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.
It’s illegal to drive in Oregon without a
minimum level of car insurance. This includes
bodily injury and property damage liability
coverage of at least $25,000 per person,
$50,000 per accident for injury and $20,000
per accident for damage to property. Your
policy also must cover basic personal injury
protection of $15,000 per person and uninsured motorist coverage of $25,000 per person
and $50,000 per accident for bodily injury.
In Washington, the requirements are similar—
except you’re only required to have $10,000
for property damage, uninsured motorist and
basic personal injury coverage each.
CHOICES TO GET AROUND
For those who would like to live without
owning their own motor vehicle, there is
perhaps no city more accessible than Portland. There are nearly limitless options
for getting around the city and its suburbs,
including Vancouver across the Columbia
River—as its world-class public transportation, bike-friendly roadways and numerous
ride-sharing, car-sharing and taxicab services
make it incredibly easy to get from one place
to the next in very little time.
The following are some of the ways you can
easily travel throughout the Portland area,
even if you don’t have a car of your own.
PUBLIC TRANSIT OPTIONS
One could argue that Portland is perhaps
best known for its public transportation
AREA TRANSPORTATION CONTACTS
Portland International Airport 503-460-4234 www.flypdx.com
AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
Beaverton Airporter 503-760-6565 www.beavertonairporter.com
Blue Star Shuttle 503-249-1837 www.bluestarbus.com
Eagle Towncar 503-222-2763 www.eagletowncar.net
White Van Shuttle 503-774-9755 www.whitevanshuttle.com
Northwest Towncar 503-702-5999 www.northwesttowncar.com
Green Transportation 503-234-1414 www.greentrans.com
TriMet/MAX 503-238-7433 www.trimet.org
TriMet 503-238-7433 www.trimet.org
C-TRAN 360-695-0123 www.c-tran.com
Radio Cab 503-227-1212 www.radiocab.net
Broadway Cab 503-227-1234 www.broadwaycab.com
Green Cab 503-234-1414 www.greentrans.com
Portland Taxi 503-256-5400 www.portlandtaxi.net
Vancouver Cab Company 360-737-3333 www.clarkcountycab.com
Zipcar 503-328-3539 www.zipcar.com
Car2go 877-488-4224 www.car2go.com/en/portland
ReachNow 844-732-2466 reachnow.com/en/portland-or/
Amtrak 800-872-7245 www.amtrak.com
Greyhound 800-231-2222 www.greyhound.com
BoltBus 877-265-8287 www.boltbus.com