New Crater Lake license plate design available starting Sept. 9th

Aug. 26, 2022

SALEM — Oregon DMV will start issuing a new design for the Crater Lake license plate for passenger cars on Sept. 9. 

When and how Oregonians apply for the new plate determines which plate design they will receive. 

To guarantee receiving the new design, vehicle owners need to apply ON OR AFTER Sept. 9, 2022: online at DMV2U, by mail, or in person at a DMV office. Orders online or in a field office BEFORE Sept. 9will receive the original plate design. You CANNOT order the new plate in advance. 

Orders received from customers through the mail and from vehicle dealers (who file paperwork to DMV on behalf of customers) will be based on when DMV processes the transaction and issues the plates, not when the customer submitted their application themselves or through a dealer. 

The plate’s surcharge of $30 will remain the same, due only when you first obtain the plates. The surcharge is in addition to regular title and registration fees, plate manufacturing or replacement fee, and county registration fees if the customer lives in Clackamas, Multnomah or Washington Counties. The surcharge goes to the Crater Lake National Trust ( 

You can order plates when you apply for Oregon title and registration when buying a car, when you renew your existing registration, or if you want to replace your current plates during your vehicle’s registration period — not at renewal. If youalready have Crater Lake plates and wantto replace them with the new design, you will not need to pay the $30 surcharge, but you will pay additional fees for plate manufacturing and replacement. 

The Crater Lake plate is eligible for passenger vehicles only. If you have Crater Lake plates, your current plate will remain valid for as long as you continue to renew registration.  

The Oregon Legislature established the Crater Lake plate in 2001, and it first became available in August 2002. Since its launch, Oregonians have ordered about 400,000 sets of Crater Lake plates, and there are about 250,000 currently valid on vehicles today. 

More on plate options and fees 

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Get ready for air travel now 

If you travel by air or might in the future, make sure you have identification acceptable at airport security checkpoints. Starting in May 2023, you will need a Real ID-compliant form of ID for all flights such as a Real ID-compliant driver license, a passport, passport card or U.S. military ID. 

Don’t wait until the rush for Real ID licenses and passports! If you want the Real ID option on your Oregon driver license or ID card, you must apply in person — walk in or by appointment. 

To make sure you have all you need for Real ID, create your own checklist of documents you’ll need to bring to DMV with our online tool at