2011 ORS § 801.375¹
Owner when referring to the owner of a vehicle means:
(1) The person in whose name title to a vehicle is issued, and who is entitled to possession and use of the vehicle.
(2) If the title and right to possession and use for a vehicle are in different persons:
(a) The person, other than a security interest holder, who is entitled to the possession and use of the vehicle under a security agreement.
(b) The lessor or lessee of a vehicle, as designated by the lessor on the application for title, if the lessee is entitled to possession and use of the vehicle under a lease agreement. [1983 c.338 §67; 1991 c.551 §1; 1993 c.233 §7]