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Ask A Cop: Original or copy of registration?

Editor’s note: Every week a Lake Oswego police officer answers your questions in this space. Please send your questions to reporter Cliff Newell at cnewell@lakeoswegoreview.com or call 503-636-1281, ext. 105.


“Do we need to carry the original passenger car registration in the car or will a copy suffice? I am wary of keeping the original in the vehicle and one of our cars has multiple drivers so they each carry a copy of the registration in their wallets.”

A: Yes, a photo copy of the original passenger car registration is acceptable. A copy only becomes an issue if it misrepresents the original document or is altered in any way. A duplicate original can also be obtained through DMV for $5.

Dawn Pecoraro


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