Smokey Bear license plate

A new Keep Oregon Green Association Smokey Bear vehicle license plate will be available for Oregon passenger vehicles beginning Aug. 1.

The plate is only for passenger vehicles titled and registered in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles will not accept or process applications received before Aug. 1.

In addition to regular title, registration and plate manufacturing fees, the Smokey Bear plate has a $40 surcharge due when first ordered, and at each registration renewal. The surcharge is the same amount for either four- or two-year registration periods.

Customers who purchased a prepaid voucher may submit that with their application in lieu of the surcharge. The voucher may be used only once.

The Keep Oregon Green Association was required to sell at least 3,000 vouchers before DMV could start implementation of the Smokey Bear license plate.

Surcharge funds will go to the Keep Oregon Green Association. For more information on the association, visit https://keeporegongreen.org.

Vanity and amateur radio operator versions will be available on the Smokey Bear plate, although the DMV won’t reserve specific number-letter configurations for license plates.

People can apply for the plates by mail, at DMV field offices, online or through licensed vehicle dealers when they purchase a car. Customers cannot apply for a Smokey Bear plate online if they are submitting a pre-paid voucher.

The cost of a set of plates depends upon when and how a vehicle owner applies for a new set.

• Plates ordered within 120 days before a vehicle’s stickers expire:

• Smokey Bear surcharge: $40 (also paid at every renewal) or a pre-paid voucher

• Plate fee: $24.50 for the pair

• Plate replacement fee: $5

• Registration renewal: $112

• Total without a voucher: $181.50

• Total with a pre-paid voucher: $141.50

2. Plates ordered more than 120 days before a vehicle’s stickers expire:

• Smokey Bear surcharge: $40 (also paid at every two-year renewal) or a pre-paid voucher

• Plate fee: $24.50 for the pair

• Plate replacement fee: $10

• Total without a voucher: $74.50

• Total with a pre-paid voucher: $34.50

People who purchase a new or used vehicle from a licensed dealer may order Smokey Bear plates as part of the car-buying process and provide a pre-paid voucher to the dealer if they have one.

Dealers file title and registration applications with the DMV on behalf of the car buyers. When buying a car, there are additional charges such as title fees and dealer processing charges.

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