Source Information

Oregon State Library
Ancestry.com. Oregon, Motor Vehicle Registrations, 1911-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Oregon Secretary of State. Oregon Motor Vehicle Registrations. Oregon State Library, Salem, Oregon.

About Oregon, Motor Vehicle Registrations, 1911-1946

Oregon began requiring annual vehicle registration in 1911. This collection is a published list of motor vehicle registrations from 1911 to 1946. Each registration includes

  • license number
  • name and address of the vehicle owner (including county in parentheses)
  • make of car
  • motor number
  • model or year of manufacture
  • type of body

See the start of the registry for a key to abbreviations. The details in the automobile description could come in handy when identifying and dating photographs.

Also included is a record of convictions. Ever wondered if Grandpa had a lead foot? You just might find out. The record of convictions lists

  • name of the offender
  • date
  • nature of the offense
  • chauffeur or operator's license number
  • court
  • county
  • amount of the fine