Motor carriers operating in Oregon

Even though the receipts are gone, carriers will still need to report and pay their Oregon Weight-Mile Tax as per usual.

Oregon has recently released notice that as of September 26, 2019, they will no longer be issuing weight receipts to motor carriers operating in Oregon. Just because the paper receipt is going the way of the dodo, doesn’t mean that the tax is. Motor carriers who operate in the state will still need to report and pay their Weight-mile Tax either monthly or quarterly same as always.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says that by eliminating the paper receipt they expect to save the trucking industry millions of dollars each year in fees and admin costs. It could also be seen as a green initiative to lessen paper use.

A little info about the Oregon Weight-Mile Tax Program

As per the Oregon Department of Transportation:

“The Weight-Mile Tax applies to vehicles in commercial operations on public roads within Oregon with a registered weight over 26,000 pounds [11,793 kg].”

To make reports and pay taxes, motor carriers can use the Oregon Trucking Online (TOL) site. This is for either monthly or quarterly mileage reports.

If you are already enrolled…

Motor Carriers that have accounts must have their OWRATI (Oregon Weight Receipt and Tax Identifier) tax credential or be able to produce a legible digital copy and pay the Weight-Mile tax on a report.

If you are not enrolled….

Those motor carriers that do not have an account must have a temporary pass tax credential also known as a Temporary Enrollment Document (TED). Those with a TED must be able to produce a legible digital copy and pay the taxes up front when issued.  These temporary passes are only valid until a permanent plate is received for the vehicle. At which time the motor carrier must call MCTD or visit the TOL to change their enrollment information.

If you want to cancel your enrollment…

If your business changes, the Oregon Department of Transportation recommends that you cancel your OWRATI.

For further reading regarding Oregon’s commercial vehicle requirements, check out Oregon Department of Transportation site.