Oregon Repossession Laws / Recovery Requirements

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Where do I refer to for Title or License Registration?

For state Title and License Information, refer to:


Oregon Motor Vehicles Division

ATTN: Record Services

1905 Lana Avenue, N.E.

Salem, Oregon 97314


Telephone: (503) 945-5000


Fee for license or registration information is $4.00.

Security Interests:

Shown on title held by lienholder.


Recording Requirements:

All motor vehicles (except boats) are titled and all records kept with the Motor Vehicle Department.

Recovery Requirements:

As per the UCC, repossession is allowed and permitted as long as it is peaceful.

Redemption Requirements:

Creditor may demand loan balance plus expenses. Ten day redemption period for the balance is required.

Deficiency Requirements:

Suit is permitted only if the loss exceeds $2500.00 per party to the security agreement. (i.e. husband & wife increases loss requirement to $5000.00.

Special Motor Vehicle Provisions:

Liens must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles and appear on the face of the certificate of title.

Documents Required to Transfer Ownership of Motor Vehicle:

Lien released from title; repossession affidavit; copy of final demand letter and certified mail receipt as proof of mailing; Bill of Sale.


Documents Required for Liquidation:

Out of State Titles or Repossession certificates are required. Oregon titles require a repossession certificate. To transfer title to a repossessed vehicle, the documents needed are: (1) The Original Title endorsed by the lienholder; (2) Notarized Affidavit of Repossession; (3) A copy of the final demand letter with its certified mail receipt attached.



Remain with the vehicle (except custom license plates, which remain with owner), and are transferable.



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