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Oregon DMV offers 'grace period' for licensing and registration during COVID-19 emergency

Law enforcement and transportation officials are easing up on forms of identification or registration that expire during the current state of emergency.

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 4:09 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2020 5:42 PM

SALEM, Ore. — In the name of social distancing, Oregon state officials have decided to ease enforcement of vehicle licensing and registration that expires within the period of the state's COVID-19 emergency.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) said that it partnered with representatives from state and local law enforcement to support a "grace period" for enforcing expired credentials.

For the time being, DMV office around the state remain open. However, the new measure is designed to protect the health and safety of those who would otherwise have to come in for a visit.

“Our top priority is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and maintaining the health and safety of the public and our employees,” said ODOT director Kris Strickler. “It’s only our strong partnership with Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police that enabled us to move in this direction."

The grace period includes driver's license and identification cards, passenger and commercial vehicle registration, trip permits, and disabled parking permits — if any of those credentials expired since Governor Brown declared a state of emergency on March 8.

Until the emergency is over, Oregon law enforcement agencies and associations have agreed to exercise flexibility and discretion when reviewing those items during this time of public health emergency.

"The grace period is particularly important for Oregonians in the Portland metro region and Medford whose vehicles must be inspected by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality before renewing their vehicle registration," ODOT said. "DEQ has suspended vehicle emissions testing, so these individuals are currently unable to renew their vehicle registrations."

Other DMV business can be handled online, and it's worth checking to see what you can take care of remotely.

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