2013 ORS § 803.415¹
Registration periods for vehicles

This section establishes registration periods for vehicles. The registration periods are periods described under ORS 803.400 (Duration of registration periods). Except as provided in the following, the registration period for any vehicle registered in this state by the Department of Transportation is a biennial registration period:

(1) The following vehicles have permanent registration:

(a) Antique vehicles registered under ORS 805.010 (Antique vehicles).

(b) Vehicles of special interest registered under ORS 805.020 (Special interest vehicles).

(c) Trailers that will be operated on the highways at a loaded weight of more than 8,000 pounds and are not travel trailers, fixed load vehicles or special use trailers.

(2) Government-owned vehicles registered under ORS 805.040 (Registration of government-owned vehicles) have ownership registration.

(3) The following vehicles may be registered under annual or quarterly registration unless the vehicles are registered under proportional registration under ORS 826.009 (Proportional registration of commercial vehicles) or proportional fleet registration under ORS 826.011 (Proportional fleet registration):

(a) Vehicles required to establish a registration weight under ORS 803.430 (Certain vehicles required to establish registration weight for fee determination).

(b) Commercial buses.

(c) Vehicles registered as farm vehicles under ORS 805.300 (Farm vehicle registration).

(4) Snowmobiles are registered as provided in ORS 821.080 (Issuance).

(5) Vehicles operated by dealers who hold certificates under ORS 822.020 (Issuance of certificate) are as provided under ORS 822.040 (Privileges granted by certificate).

(6) Trailers for hire that will be operated at a loaded weight of 8,000 pounds or less may be registered as follows:

(a) Annual registration; or

(b) If registered under an agreement pursuant to ORS 802.500 (Authority for reciprocal registration agreements), for a period of time determined as specified in the agreement or as determined by the department.

(7) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (10) of this section, the registration period for electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles that use electricity and another source of motive power is a biennial registration period except that the registration period for the following electric or hybrid vehicles is an annual registration period:

(a) Commercial buses.

(b) Electric or hybrid vehicles registered as farm vehicles under ORS 805.300 (Farm vehicle registration).

(c) Vehicles required to establish registration weight under ORS 803.430 (Certain vehicles required to establish registration weight for fee determination).

(8) Vehicles registered under ORS 805.100 (Disabled veterans) have an ownership registration period.

(9) School vehicles registered under ORS 805.050 (School buses and school activity vehicles) have ownership registration except that the registration shall continue to be valid if ownership of the vehicle is transferred to a person who continues to use the vehicle for purposes authorized by ORS 805.050 (School buses and school activity vehicles).

(10) The following vehicles have a four-year registration period:

(a) New vehicles registered under ORS 803.420 (Registration fees) (1) for which new registration plates will be issued;

(b) New mopeds registered under ORS 803.420 (Registration fees) (2) for which new registration plates will be issued;

(c) New motorcycles registered under ORS 803.420 (Registration fees) (3) for which new registration plates will be issued; and

(d) New vehicles registered under ORS 803.420 (Registration fees) (9)(a) for which new registration plates will be issued.

(11) A rental or leasing company, as defined in ORS 221.275 (Definitions for ORS 221.275 to 221.290), may elect an annual, a biennial or a four-year registration period for the initial registration of a new vehicle registered under ORS 803.420 (Registration fees) (1) or (9)(a) for which new registration plates will be issued if the company owns the vehicle that is being registered. The subsequent renewal or reregistration periods for the vehicle are biennial. [1983 c.338 §225; 1985 c.16 §84; 1985 c.177 §1; 1985 c.189 §1; 1985 c.547 §12; 1987 c.158 §162; 1987 c.217 §2; 1989 c.43 §22; 1989 c.723 §7; 1989 c.991 §26; 1991 c.284 §16; 1991 c.407 §27; 1993 c.174 §6; 1995 c.774 §12; 1999 c.977 §20; 2001 c.124 §1; 2001 c.293 §9; 2003 c.655 §111; 2005 c.280 §2]