SALEM, Ore. — With the new year, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles no longer requires proof of legal residence when people apply for a license, opening up legal driving privileges to undocumented immigrants.
Lawmakers passed House Bill 2015 during the 2019 legislative session, removing the requirement for people to prove legal U.S. residence when applying for a license or ID. It was set to go into effect on January 1, 2021.
Applicants still need to provide proof of full legal name and identity, date of birth, Oregon residency, and a Social Security number. For someone without a social, there is a path forward by signing a written statement along with the application.
These standard licenses and IDs are not Real ID compliant, and only people who can provide proof of U.S. citizenship will be registered to vote.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, 13 other states and Washington D.C. currently issue driver licenses to people who do not provide proof of legal status.