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Old 10-06-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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Hi,

My DH is a travel consultant who will be working in OR and travelling back to NC every 2 weeks. I will also be visiting him for a 2-3 weeks in a month from NC. We wanted to know if we can move our NC registered car to Portland and drive it there legally. We both have NC license and the car is registered in my name.

Since we are not OR residents, we will not be getting OR license or car registrations done. Is this something that can be done ? It just seems too expensive to rent a car for the entire duration of his stay there.

Any suggestions/advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:57 AM
 
Location: The greatest state of them all, Oregon.
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Hi,

My DH is a travel consultant who will be working in OR and travelling back to NC every 2 weeks. I will also be visiting him for a 2-3 weeks in a month from NC. We wanted to know if we can move our NC registered car to Portland and drive it there legally. We both have NC license and the car is registered in my name.

Since we are not OR residents, we will not be getting OR license or car registrations done. Is this something that can be done ? It just seems too expensive to rent a car for the entire duration of his stay there.

Any suggestions/advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.
From the way you make it sound, this work sounds pretty temporary. If that's the case, like he's only going to be here a few months, then I wouldn't worry about re-registering a car. However, if he's here long enough (e.g. at least six months), you may be looking at establishing residency, then that opens a whole new can of worms w/the car registration.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Coeur d'Alene Idaho
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If you are worried about it I would suggest looking up and calling and Oregon DMV office and discuss it with them so you know whether you are in the right or not.

Personally I wouldn't change my registration unless I was establishing residency in Oregon.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Ditto. I have a friend who moved to Oregon and couldn't sell his house in Ohio. I think it took him a year to change his auto registration and driver's licence. The house is now rented.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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When you move to Oregon you have 30 days to change your car registration and driver's license, or they become invalid. If you were to become involved in an accident, you would be driving without a license, and almost automatically at fault.

If your stays in Oregon are less than 30 days, even if there are multiple visits per year, you don't have a problem.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Yachats, OR
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Are you renting a house or apartment or staying in a motel? If it's the later you don't need to change your license. If it's the former you will need to show them proof that you have an address such as a phone bill, electric bill etc. Also if you do not have the title ie the finance company has the title or it's state held like it is in California this could become a pain in the ass. We have been waiting three months to get our license on one of our cars because the Calif. DMV is dragging their feet. If your tags are current in NC then I wouldn't worry about it.
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