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Senate Bill 833/Ballot Measure 88 - Driver Card
Overview
This page provides information about Senate Bill 833 (SB 833), that was passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2013, and the new Driver Card that it authorizes.
 
 
General Information
SB 833 was signed into law during the 2013 Legislative Session. It allows the Oregon DMV to issue a driving privilege, in the form of a Driver Card, to people who cannot provide proof of legal presence in the United States.
 
A person may be eligible for a Driver Card if they can comply with all of the requirements for the driving privilege except for providing proof of lawful presence. Driver Card applicants must pass tests and provide acceptable documents that prove their identity, date of birth, and residency in Oregon for more than one year. A Social Security Number will also be required if one has been assigned. Once approved, applicants must pay the required fees before being issued a card.
 
The bill states that a Driver Card may only be used for the following purposes:
  • To provide evidence of a grant of driving privileges.
  • To identify a person as an anatomical donor.
  • To identify a person as an emancipated minor.
  • To identify a person as a veteran.
  • To provide a driver license number as required under ORS 18.042, 18.170 and 25.020
  • To provide a driver license number to aid law enforcement officials in identifying a missing person.
DMV is carefully considering the requirements of this bill and how best to implement it.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the law go into effect?
SB 833, previously scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2014, was referred to Oregon voters and will be voted on at the November 4, 2014 general election as Ballot Measure 88. If Ballot Measure 88 passes, the law will take effect on December 4th, 2014.
 
Is there a chance the law won't go into effect?
Yes. If Ballot Measure 88 fails at the November 4th, 2014 general election, the law will not take effect.
 
What is DMV’s position on the law or ballot measure?
DMV does not take positions on state laws or ballot measures. DMV follows Oregon law, based on the direction of Oregon voters and the legislature.
 
If voters reject the law, will it affect legal immigrants and what they are issued?
No. Under current Oregon law, people who can prove temporary lawful presence in the U.S. are eligible for a “Limited Term” driver license, which expires on the date their temporary stay expires or every eight years. Examples include student visas, work visas and the federal Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA). These drivers must first receive federal extensions of their permission to stay in the U.S. before they can apply at DMV to renew a limited-term driver license.
 
Are automobile liability requirements any different for people who hold a Driver Card?
No. SB 833 does not alter or make any exceptions to the requirements of Oregon’s financial responsibility law.
 
Can I get a Commercial Driver License with a Driver Card?
No. Senate Bill 833 does not allow a CDL to be issued to a person with a Driver Card.
 
Can I get a Farm Endorsement with a Driver Card?
Yes. A qualified driver with a Driver Card can obtain a Farm Endorsement.
 
What are the requirements for getting a Driver Card?
A person applying for a Driver Card will need to meet all requirements for the driving privilege, including providing proof of their identity and date of birth, proof of residency in Oregon in excess of one year, a social security number if one has been assigned, and pay all required fees. The person must also take any tests that are required for the specific driving privilege.
 
What identity documents will be accepted?
Senate Bill 833 identifies two types of documents that can be used to prove identity for a Driver Card:
  • An unexpired valid passport from the person's country of citizenship; or
  • An unexpired valid identification document issued and approved by a recognized consulate (i.e., consular identification documents).
Additional documents may be considered at a later date.

Which consular identification documents will be accepted?
To date, DMV has approved consular identification cards issued by the consulates of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and South Korea. The card must be valid and not expired. You will need to contact your consulate office if you need to renew it.

Do all countries issue a consular identification card?
No. You may contact your consulate to see if they issue a consular identification card.

I have an unexpired consular ID card, but it is not on the DMV approved list. How can my consulate get the consular ID card they issue approved by DMV?
If your country’s consular ID card is not on the DMV approved list you may contact your consulate and ask them to contact DMV. The DMV will provide instructions to any consulate interested in having their consular ID cards approved. You may try checking back after 30 days to see if your country’s consular ID card has been added to the list.

What documents can I use to prove I have been an Oregon resident for more than one year?

  • A copy of your full-year resident or part-year resident Oregon tax return. The copy must include a certification that the original return was filed with the Oregon Department of Revenue.
  • Mortgage documents, property tax record(s), or a lease agreement. 
  • Utility bills, rental agreement, rent receipts or similar documents that show where you reside or have resided in Oregon.
  • Enrollment records or other documentation from an Oregon school or school district that you (or your child) are attending an educational institution in Oregon. Enrollment records must include the applicant’s first and last name.
  • Motel, hotel, campground or recreational park receipts, medical receipts or other types of receipts. The combination of receipts must demonstrate residency in Oregon.
  • A letter or statement from a relief agency or shelter that indicates that you receive or previously received services in Oregon.
  • A letter or statement from an Oregon state agency that indicates that you receive or previously received public assistance in Oregon.
  • IRS form W-2 or 1099 that lists an Oregon residence address.
  • A letter from an Oregon employer certifying the time period that you worked for the employer and that you lived in Oregon during that time.
  • An Oregon driver license, driver permit or identification card that was issued on or after January 1, 2000. The card must not be hole-punched nor contain an out-of-state address. If DMV records indicate that the person moved out-of-state following issuance of the driver license, driver permit or identification card it will not be accepted as proof of residency in Oregon in excess of one year.

Note: One or more of the above documents may be required. The document(s) must also be dated within two years of the date of application or contain your current residence address (unless otherwise noted).

Will I be able to go to any DMV office to apply for a driver card?
No. DMV is still in the process of determining which offices will be issuing driver cards. Only certain offices will be issuing driver cards and appointments will be required in order to allow staff to check your identity documents. If a driving test is necessary, you will also need to make a separate appointment for a drive test. The test will need to be given by the same DMV office that checked your identity documents. Once you are issued a Driver Card, an appointment will not be needed to check the documents again.

Why will driver cards only be issued at certain offices?
Not all offices are equipped to handle a larger volume of customers, or to conduct additional drive tests. Some offices are in the midst of a remodel or relocation and cannot handle additional work.
 
Why is DMV requiring appointments to apply for a driver card?
DMV expects a lot of interest in the new driver cards. Requiring appointments allows DMV to better manage customer volumes and keep wait times to a minimum at all offices and for all customers.
 
When will I be able to make an appointment with DMV to have my ID documents reviewed?
If Oregon voters pass Ballot Measure 88, DMV expects to start making appointments on November 19th, 2014.  Please be patient when you call as you may experience a long wait time.  If you get a busy signal, please try calling again.
 
Will I need to bring my proof of identity documents each time I need to be issued a Driver Card?
Yes. You will need to make an appointment to be issued your first Driver Card. If you need to replace or renew your Driver Card, you will not need an appointment but you will need to bring your identity documents and go to a designated office that issues the Driver Card.
 
Can the staff at a DMV office schedule an appointment to look over my identity and residency documents or schedule a driving test?
No. DMV office staff cannot schedule appointments. You will need to call the customer service line to schedule an appointment for a DMV office to review your identity documents or administer a drive test.
 
Can a Driver Card be used to open a bank account?
It will be up to each bank to determine whether to accept the Driver Card as an identity document. SB 833 indicates that a Driver Card may only be used to grant driving privileges.

Will the Driver Card be acceptable proof of ID to purchase alcohol?
It will be up to the individual business to determine whether to accept the Driver Card as identification. SB 833 indicates that a Driver Card may only be used to grant driving privileges.

Can I use a Driver Card as identification to board an airplane?
It will be up to the TSA or the individual airport to determine whether to accept the Driver Card as identification. SB 833 indicates that a Driver Card may only be used to grant driving privileges.

Will a Driver Card provide acceptable identification for police agencies?
DMV will work with law enforcement agencies to let them know about the Driver Card and that its purpose is to grant driving privileges. It will then be up to the individual law enforcement agencies to determine whether to accept the Driver Card for purposes other than routine traffic stops.

Is the Driver Card valid identification?
SB 833 indicates that a Driver Card may only be used to grant driving privileges. It will be up to each individual business to determine if the Driver Card meets their identification purposes.

Will the Driver Card specify that it is not for ID purposes?
No. However, the card will include the words "Driver Card" instead of "Driver License" or "Driver Permit" and have a feature that distinguishes it from other driver licenses and driver permits.

Can I get a Driver Card if I don't have a Social Security Number (SSN)?
Yes. For a Driver Card you need to provide an SSN or sign a statement that you have not been assigned one.

Will people need to retest for the Driver Card if their last Oregon license is expired for less than one year?
No. If a driving privilege is expired for less than one year they will not need to retake skills or knowledge tests.

Can I use a DD214, military identification card or VA card to obtain the Driver Card?
SB 833 identifies two types of documents that can be used to prove identity for a Driver Card:
  • An unexpired valid passport from the person's country of citizenship; or
  • An unexpired valid identification document issued and approved by a recognized consulate (i.e., consular identification documents).
Additional documents may be considered at a later date.

Can a U.S. citizen choose to get the Driver Card?
The Driver Card will only be issued to people who do not provide proof of lawful presence and provide acceptable documents that prove identity, date of birth, and residency in Oregon for an excess of one year. SB 833 identifies two types of documents that can be used to prove identity for a Driver Card:
  • An unexpired valid passport from the person's country of citizenship; or
  • An unexpired valid identification document issued and approved by a recognized consulate (i.e., consular identification documents).
Additional documents may be considered at a later date.
 
Can a U.S. citizen get a Driver Card if they are not able to prove lawful presence in the U.S.?
Not immediately. During the introductory phase the Driver Card will only be issued to people who can provide one of the two types of documents specified in SB 833 to prove identity and date of birth:
  • An unexpired valid passport from the person's country of citizenship; or
  • An unexpired valid identification document issued by a consulate (i.e., consular identification documents) and approved by DMV. The current list of cards approved by DMV: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, South Korea. This list is subject to change.

For people who are U.S. citizens but who have difficulty obtaining documents that prove it or choose not to do so, SB 833 allows DMV to consider additional acceptable documents, which may enable citizens to obtain a Driver Card. DMV will consider this step after the initial phase of implementation. For now, DMV will continue to work with U.S. citizens to guide them in obtaining the necessary documents for a Driver License.

Will other states accept the Driver Card as a valid driving privilege?
It will be up to each state to determine whether or not to recognize the Oregon Driver Card as valid driving privileges in their state. Before traveling, you may wish to contact the state in question.

Do I have to live in Oregon for a certain amount of time before I can get a Driver Card?
SB 833 requires that you must have been a resident of Oregon "in excess of one year as of the date of application."

Can I take the knowledge test now?
No. You must wait until the law takes effect. If Ballot Measure 88 passes at the election, DMV expects to start making appointments on November 19th, 2014.

Can a person obtain a Hardship Permit with the Driver Card?
Yes. A Hardship Permit can be issued with a Driver Card if the holder is otherwise eligible.

Can a person with an 8-year Driver License that will expire before December 4, 2014 obtain a temporary permit to continue driving until the Driver Card is available?
No. There is no temporary permit available for Driver Card applicants.

Can I get a valid with previous photo (VWPP) Driver Card if I am not currently in Oregon?
No. There is no VWPP available for Driver Card applicants because the identity documents and proof of residency must be verified at each issuance in a DMV office.

How long will the Driver Card be valid?
The Driver Card will be valid for 4 years. An instruction Driver Card will be valid for 2 years.