Motorcycle Laws in Oregon

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This page will answer the most common questions we receive about motorcycle laws and licensing requirements in  Oregon.

Continue reading to find your answer and follow links to explore some of these topics in greater depth. 

Motorcycle Helmet Law in Oregon

Motorcycle helmets are required for all riders.

Additional eye protection like a face shield or goggles is not specifically required, but is smart to wear.

A motorcycle helmet is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment. Wearing one can greatly reduce your chances of being seriously injured or killed if you are involved in a motorcycle crash

Read more about motorcycle helmet laws and safety.

Oregon Motorcycle Noise Restrictions & Exhaust Requirements

A proper muffler is required with a noise limit of 99 decibels at a 20” test.

Noise restrictions may be enforced by local law enforcement or during periodic inspections. 

Local jurisdictions may have their own ordinances regarding motorcycle noise limits.

Motorcycle Safety Inspections and Equipment Requirements

Period safety and equipment inspections for motorcycles in Oregon are performed at random.

Some of the equipment requirements for Oregon motorcycles include:

  • Rearview mirror.
  • Fenders on front and back.
  • Turn signals.

Motorcycle Passenger Laws in Oregon

There are no passenger age restrictions for motorcycles in Oregon.

Whenever you ride with a passenger:

  • Be sure to give them instructions on what they’ll need to do. 
  • Make sure they can comfortably reach the passenger handholds and footrests. 
  • Make sure that they are wearing all of the necessary motorcycle safety equipment.

Learn more about riding with passengers on your motorcycle.

Requirements for Daytime Running Lights for Motorcycles in Oregon

Using daytime headlights is required for motorcycles in Oregon.

Using headlights during the day can help to increase your visibility to other drivers. 

This is a smart thing to do regardless of whether the law requires it. 

Oregon Lane Splitting Laws

Lane splitting is pending legislation in Oregon.

There are some nuances to lane splitting, lane filtering, and lane sharing. 

Learn more about lane splitting.

Motorcycle Title Laws & VIN Verifications

The state of Oregon issues titles to all motorcycles.

VIN verifications are required to register out-of-state motorcycles.

If you buy a motorcycle without a title or are moving from a state that doesn’t issue titles, the registration documents and the Bill of Sale should serve as proof of ownership.

Learn more about motorcycle registration and title requirements in Oregon.

Find some helpful tips for when you buy a motorcycle.

Minimum Motorcycle Insurance Coverage in Oregon

Motorcycle insurance is required in Oregon, the minimum coverage limits are:

  • $25,000 bodily injury coverage per person.
  • $50,000 bodily injury coverage per accident.
  • $20,000 property damage coverage per accident. 

Remember, the minimum liability requirements kick in during the event of a collision with another vehicle. If you need more coverage for things like theft, single vehicle collisions, and other types of damage you’ll need to get a policy with comprehensive and collision coverage as well. 

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Motorcycle Safety Course Requirements & Details

An approved motorcycle safety course is required to get a motorcycle license in Oregon.

Completing the course will waive the requirements for the skills test and knowledge exam.

A motorcycle safety course is a great way to get familiar with the basics of riding, learn about the most important motorcycle laws, and become a safer, smarter rider. No riding experience is necessary to complete a course.  

Learn more about motorcycle safety courses and Basic Rider Training programs.

Is a Driver’s License Required to get a Motorcycle Endorsement in Oregon?

Before you get an Oregon motorcycle license, you will need to already have a standard driver’s license. 

Motorcycle Permit & Licensing Requirements in Oregon

A motorcycle instruction permit is not required.

In order to get the permit, you’ll need to pass a written test.

In Oregon, motorcycle permit restrictions include:

  • No passengers.
  • Daytime riding only.
  • Supervised riding only.

The permit is valid for up to 1 year, and can be renewed as needed.

Learn how to get a motorcycle license in Oregon.

Oregon Motorcycle License Age Requirements

The minimum age to begin the Oregon motorcycle licensing process is 16 years old.