ORS 803.540¹
Failure to display plates
  • exceptions
  • penalty

(1) A person commits the offense of failure to display registration plates if the person operates, on the highways of this state, any vehicle or camper that has been assigned registration plates by this state and the registration plates assigned to the vehicle or camper are displayed in a manner that violates any of the following:

(a) The plate must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle, if only one plate is required.

(b) Plates must be displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle if two plates are required.

(c) The plates must be in plain view and so as to be read easily by the public.

(d) The plate must not be any plate that does not entitle the holder thereof to operate the vehicle upon the highways.

(2) A person is not in violation of this section if the person is operating a vehicle or camper under and in accordance with the requirements for any of the following:

(a) A temporary application permit issued under ORS 803.615 (Temporary permit for registration applicant).

(b) An agent temporary registration permit issued under ORS 803.625 (Temporary registration permits issued by dealers).

(c) Provisions established under ORS 826.007 (Authority for proportional registration agreements), 826.009 (Proportional registration of commercial vehicles) or 826.011 (Proportional fleet registration) for the display of registration plates or other evidence of registration on vehicles that are proportionally registered under ORS 826.009 (Proportional registration of commercial vehicles) or 826.011 (Proportional fleet registration).

(3) The offense described in this section, failure to display registration plates, is a Class D traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §261; 1985 c.668 §13; 1989 c.43 §28; 1995 c.383 §6]

Notes of Decisions

Where of­fi­cer lawfully stopped defendant "for the purposes of investiga­tion reasonably related to the apparent traffic infrac­tion" of operating a vehicle without license plates, and observed temporary permit, justifica­tion for investiga­tion reasonably related to stop was vitiated and of­fi­cer had no statutory authority to make operator's license check. State v. Farley, 308 Or 91, 775 P2d 835 (1989)

Chapter 803

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applica­tion of Article XI, sec­tion 11b of Oregon Constitu­tion to fees imposed under this chapter, (1991) Vol 46, p 447

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 803—Vehicle Title and Registration, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors803.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 803, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­803ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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