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Old 04-15-2018, 10:58 PM   #1
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Oregon registration process change?

We are picking up our new 17B this week so I went to a DMV office to get registration information. I last registered an Escape in 2012 and simply provided numbers and they gave me plates. Last week the clerk said I had to get a temporary travel permit and bring the trailer in later for registration. Well, I didn't like that answer so I went to a different office and got the same information. Dang.

To top it off the clerk said a new law which began Jan. 1 says any new "motor vehicle" from out of state has to pay a 0.5% highway tax before the vehicle can be registered! I can fully understand that our roads need fixing but I will have to check if a trailer is a "motor vehicle."

Any new owners have more information on Oregon registration?

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Old 04-15-2018, 11:16 PM   #2
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Good luck Eric, yet they call a SUP a watercraft subject to an invasive species inspection; failure to stop for a boat inspection means $110 fine.
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:29 PM   #3
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Yes, it does affect travel trailers too: Oregon Department of Revenue : Businesses : Vehicle privilege and use taxes
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Good luck Eric, yet they call a SUP a watercraft subject to an invasive species inspection; failure to stop for a boat inspection means $110 fine.
Still have that stuck in your craw eh? I guess if it's a boat ( of sorts ) and goes into water, it is capable of transporting invasive species, and should be inspected.
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:39 PM   #5
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To top it off the clerk said a new law which began Jan. 1 says any new "motor vehicle" from out of state has to pay a 0.5% highway tax before the vehicle can be registered!
Clerk misspoke if they said "motor vehicle". Should have said "vehicle".

"The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2017, which included two new vehicle taxes. The vehicle privilege tax is a tax for the privilege of selling new vehicles in Oregon".

Might want to get an explanation of the last sentence, since the vehicle may or may not have been sold in Oregon. Never mind. You'll lose.
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Gimme a break- its a tax scam. How does a smooth surface object with no way for water to accumulate pose any threat to harboring an invasive species?

Yeah, you'll lose for sure.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:01 PM   #7
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Clerk misspoke if they said "motor vehicle". Should have said "vehicle".

"The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2017, which included two new vehicle taxes. The vehicle privilege tax is a tax for the privilege of selling new vehicles in Oregon".

Might want to get an explanation of the last sentence, since the vehicle may or may not have been sold in Oregon. Never mind. You'll lose.
Yup. I lost. I emailed Dept. of Revenue and they promptly replied, "Yes, trailers are considered taxable vehicles for the purposes of the vehicle use tax, as long as they have the MSO/MCO, a GVWR of 26,000 lbs or less, and haven't been registered previously in the state of Oregon."

So, Oregon residents, add on 0.5% to your cost. Escapes are still worth it!
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:15 PM   #8
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Any idea how the State of Oregon arrives at the value of the new Escape in order to assess the tax?
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:12 PM   #9
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I believe it's the USD amount on the bill of sale. Part of the registration is the final bill of sale and a form stating there are no liens on the trailer. Strange part is that this form can be filled out by the buyer if the seller is not available.
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:34 PM   #10
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I finally got our new trailer registered today. There was misinformation given so I thought I should let Oregonians know. Maybe it will help to make things easier for future Escape owners.
The DMV handout for the new vehicle use tax stated it was 0.5% of cost in USD. When I went online to pay I was pleasantly surprised it is really 0.005%. My tax on a 17B was $125...enough to fix a couple pot holes.
I was told to bring the trailer in for a VIN check during registration. Not so. All the clerk wanted was the papers from Escape, vehicle use tax form and the border crossing arrival stamp. The trailer did look nice in the parking lot, though!
Title and registration was $233.00.
Now that this chore is over I can play with the new trailer!
Happy Trails.
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