Title issues in Oregon: Updating VIN from engine plate to cab plate

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Title issues in Oregon: Updating VIN from engine plate to cab plate

Post by TadeO » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:40 am


I've read some articles in the internet that it is still usual (or at least it was) thing to include engine plate/engine number on a title. Thus not sure why. However, when exporting (especially) either selling the vehicle with such title people experience problems. In Europe this becomes an issue where customs claiming VIN should be e.g. cab plate rather than engine number/engine plate.

Anyone knows how these things are resolved/addressed in Oregon DMV?
They do have an official form to change the information on a title (I suppose this should work for such case as in my subject) and they would probably change it if requested, but maybe someone recently gone through this in Oregon and they have changed their engine plate/number into cab/frame number on their vehicle's title? Would be interesting to know how that went, what was the process etc., and what DMV have requested to provide/to do.

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Re: Title issues in Oregon: Updating VIN from engine plate to cab plate

Post by The Fireman » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:57 am


I live in Oregon and in the past if you took your vehicle to the DMV and their was an issue with the title, you would have to the vehicle inspected by a State Police Trooper. The title must match the frame number, not the screw on plate on the glove box. When I took my out of state 1943 GPW to be inspected, which had a title from the previous state, the DMV employee, wanted to see the frame stamping, the engine stamping, and the glove box stamping which were all original. If there was an issue, then it would have to be inspected and passed by a State Trooper.
I think a reproduction plate of any sorts which send up a red flag to the DMV employee. They have manuals to look up to determine where the numbers are located on the vehicle.

This probably doesn't answer your question, but this has just been my experience in the past,

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