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New Year Means Drivers Can Obscure Or Black Out Addresses From Registration, Insurance Documents


Beginning January 1st, drivers are allowed to black out addresses on their registration card and proof of insurance.

Legislation passed in the most recent session means the physical location of homes, businesses, post boxes, or where the vehicle is kept can be obscured.

David House is a spokesman with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. He says the reason for the new law is to protect drivers from identity theft or other crimes, should criminals break into their car and find these documents.

“One scenario we’ve heard is, you’ve parked your car at an airport, at long-term parking," House says. "And they find your address, and they think maybe you’re on a trip, and it’s safe to burglarize your house.”

Other new laws taking effect in Oregon include an increase in the surcharge for Crater Lake license plates, from ten to fifteen dollars per plate.  And people will no longer need to take a driving test to get an endorsement on their license for driving three-wheeled motorcycles, known as “autocycles”.

Copyright 2017, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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