2015 ORS 809.220¹
Failure to appear
  • suspension or other procedures

This section establishes procedures that are applicable if a person fails to appear on a citation for a traffic offense or fails to appear on a citation for a violation of ORS 471.430 (Purchase or possession of alcoholic beverages by person under 21). All of the following apply to this section:

(1) If a defendant fails to make any appearance required by the court or by law in a proceeding charging the defendant with a traffic offense or with a violation of ORS 471.430 (Purchase or possession of alcoholic beverages by person under 21), the court:

(a) Shall issue notice to the Department of Transportation to suspend for failure to appear if the defendant is charged with a traffic crime or with a violation of ORS 471.430 (Purchase or possession of alcoholic beverages by person under 21). If a court issues notice under this paragraph, the department shall suspend the driving privileges of the person as provided under ORS 809.280 (Department procedures following court order of suspension or revocation).

(b) Shall issue notice to the department to implement procedures under ORS 809.416 (When person subject to suspension under ORS 809.415) if the defendant is charged with a traffic violation. If a court issues notice under this paragraph, the department shall implement procedures under ORS 809.416 (When person subject to suspension under ORS 809.415).

(2) In any notice to the department under this section, a court shall certify that the defendant failed to appear in the proceedings in the manner required by the court or by law.

(3) At any time within 10 years from the date the traffic offense or violation of ORS 471.430 (Purchase or possession of alcoholic beverages by person under 21) occurred, a court shall give a second notice to the department to reinstate the person’s suspended driving privileges resulting from the original notice if any of the following occur:

(a) The fine for the offense is paid or the defendant has begun making payments.

(b) The court finds the defendant not guilty or orders a dismissal of the case.

(c) The court determines that the person’s suspended driving privileges should be reinstated for good cause.

(4) The court may reissue a notice of suspension if the person ceases making payments before the fine is paid in full. The reissuance does not extend the original period of suspension.

(5) Notifications by a court to the department under this section shall be in a form prescribed by the department.

(6) A court may not notify the department under this section for failure to appear on any parking, pedestrian or bicyclist offense. [1983 c.338 §393; 1985 c.16 §209; 1985 c.669 §15; 1989 c.161 §1; 1991 c.702 §6; 1995 c.142 §3; 1999 c.1051 §281; 2001 c.817 §1; 2001 c.823 §27; 2007 c.127 §3; 2011 c.355 §5; 2011 c.597 §113; 2013 c.432 §2]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 809—Refusal, Suspension, Cancellation and Revocation of Registration, Title, Driving Privileges and Identification Card; Vehicle Impoundment, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors809.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.