2007 ORS § 802.220¹
Availability of records
  • fees authorized

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection and ORS 802.177 (Prohibition on release of personal information from motor vehicle records), the records the Department of Transportation maintains under ORS 802.200 (Required records) on vehicles are public records. The records of vehicles registered under ORS 805.060 (Law enforcement undercover vehicles) are not public records and are exempt from public inspection as provided under ORS 181.548 (Confidentiality of some records) and are for the confidential use of criminal justice agencies described under ORS 181.010 (Definitions for ORS 181.010 to 181.560 and 181.715 to 181.730). The department may charge the fee established under ORS 802.230 (Fees for records) for furnishing information under this section concerning a vehicle or its owner.

(2) The department may charge the fee established under ORS 802.230 (Fees for records) for furnishing to the public information from the records the department maintains under ORS 802.200 (Required records) concerning driver licenses or driver permits.

(3) The records the department keeps under ORS 802.200 (Required records) on judgments or convictions under ORS 810.375 (Duties of judges or court clerks) shall be open to the inspection of any person during reasonable business hours. Nothing in this subsection authorizes the release of personal information as defined in ORS 802.175 (Definitions for ORS 802.175 to 802.191).

(4) The department shall upon request furnish any person certified abstracts of the employment driving record and the nonemployment driving record of any person whose driving records are maintained under ORS 802.200 (Required records). If an abstract of the employment driving record is not specifically requested, the department shall only furnish an abstract of the nonemployment driving record. Nothing in this subsection authorizes the release of personal information as defined in ORS 802.175 (Definitions for ORS 802.175 to 802.191). The department shall collect the fee established for abstracts of driving records under ORS 802.230 (Fees for records). A certified abstract issued under this section shall not contain any of the following, unless the abstract is being requested under ORS 746.265 (Purposes for which abstract of nonemployment driving record may be considered) (3):

(a) Any accident or conviction for violation of motor vehicles laws that occurred more than three years immediately preceding a request for abstract.

(b) Any suspension ordered under ORS 809.220 (Failure to appear) after the department has received notice to terminate the suspension under ORS 809.220 (Failure to appear).

(c) Any diversion agreement under ORS 813.220 (Matters to be considered by court in determining to allow diversion agreement) entered into more than three years immediately preceding a request for the abstract.

(5) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, accident reports filed with the department under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident), 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident) or 811.735 (Failure of vehicle occupant to make accident report) shall be without prejudice to the individual filing the report and shall be for the confidential use of state administrative and enforcement agencies. The department may use the confidential accident reports to provide the following information to the persons described:

(a) Upon request, the department shall disclose the following information to any party involved in the accident or to their personal representative or any member of the family of a party involved in the accident:

(A) The identity of the owner, driver, occupants and the registration number of a vehicle involved in the accident;

(B) The names of any companies insuring the owner or driver of a vehicle involved in the accident; and

(C) The names of any witnesses to the accident.

(b) The department shall furnish a certificate showing that a specified accident report has or has not been made to the department upon demand of any person who has or claims to have made such a report or upon demand of a court.

(6) The department shall tabulate and may analyze all accident reports to develop statistical information based thereon as to the number and circumstances of traffic accidents. The department shall publish information compiled under this section in the manner provided under ORS 802.050 (Publications).

(7) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the records the department is required under ORS 802.200 (Required records) to maintain on trip permits issued under ORS 803.600 (Trip permits) are public records. The department may charge a fee established under ORS 802.230 (Fees for records) for furnishing information from the records on trip permits. Nothing in this subsection authorizes the release of personal information as defined in ORS 802.175 (Definitions for ORS 802.175 to 802.191).

(8) The records the department maintains under ORS 802.200 (Required records) concerning odometer readings for vehicles are public records. The department may separately furnish information concerning odometer readings shown by its records. The department may charge the fee established under ORS 802.230 (Fees for records) for information separately provided under this subsection. Nothing in this subsection authorizes the release of personal information as defined in ORS 802.175 (Definitions for ORS 802.175 to 802.191). [1983 c.338 §126; 1985 c.16 §36; 1985 c.175 §2; 1985 c.251 §12; 1985 c.313 §2; 1987 c.5 §2; 1989 c.853 §2; 1991 c.568 §1; 1993 c.751 §16; 1997 c.678 §11; 2001 c.327 §2]