2017 ORS 803.220¹
Notification to department of name or address change
  • rules
  • requirements
  • procedure
  • exception
  • penalty

(1) A person commits the offense of unlawful failure to notify the Department of Transportation of a name or address change if the person:

(a) Has any interest in a vehicle registered or titled by this state that is shown on the title;

(b) Changes names, by marriage or otherwise, from that shown on the title or changes the person’s address from that shown on the registration; and

(c) Does not comply with the requirements under this section.

(2) To comply with the requirements of this section, a person must do all the following:

(a) The person must notify the department of the change. Notice of a change of name or address must be given to the department within 30 days of the change, in a manner authorized by the department by rule.

(b) If the person changes names, by marriage or otherwise, from that shown on the title and a certificate of title is being held by a security interest holder, the person must notify the security interest holder within 30 days after the change who, in turn, must notify the department in a timely manner.

(c) Any time the name is changed from that on the title, any certificate of title that has been issued must be submitted to the department with the notice and the appropriate fee under ORS 803.090 (Fees for certificate of title).

(3) A person may obtain a new certificate of title reflecting a change of name or address by making application therefor and paying the appropriate fee under ORS 803.090 (Fees for certificate of title).

(4) If title has been issued in a form other than a certificate, a person requesting a change in name shall provide authorization from the primary security interest holder, if any, to have the title changed. If the authorization is not received, the department shall continue to reflect the previous name on the title. Nothing in this subsection precludes the department from including the new name in records maintained in conjunction with title whether or not authorization is received.

(5) Upon receipt of notice of a change and any authorization required under this section, the department shall note the change in its records. Upon receipt of the notice and the fee required under ORS 803.090 (Fees for certificate of title), the department shall issue a new certificate of title indicating the change.

(6) This section does not apply to a change of name or address of a security interest holder or lessor that is a financial institution, a financial holding company or a bank holding company, as those terms are defined in ORS 706.008 (Additional definitions for Bank Act), a licensee under ORS chapter 725, or any subsidiary or affiliate of any of the foregoing.

(7) The offense described in this section, unlawful failure to notify the department of a name or address change, is a Class D traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §202; 1985 c.16 §72; 1985 c.485 §1; 1989 c.452 §6; 1993 c.233 §46a; 1993 c.751 §88; 1995 c.383 §36; 1997 c.631 §555; 2001 c.377 §54; 2003 c.129 §1]

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/­ors/­ors803.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 803, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano803.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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