If you are a new applicant for driving privileges or an identification card in Oregon, or if you have not renewed your Oregon card since before 2008, you will need to show DMV proof of lawful presence in the U.S. Even if you've had your driver license or ID card for years, or even decades, you must bring documents that meet state requirements that took effect in 2008.
Applicants for Oregon Driver Licenses, Instruction Permits and ID Cards are required to show DMV the documents that provide:
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the country – such as a government-issued birth certificate or U.S. passport, or foreign passport with U.S. immigration documents. DMV will electronically verify U.S. immigration, naturalization and other U.S.-issued documents that non-citizens and naturalized citizens use to prove lawful presence in the country.
- A Social Security number or proof that you are not entitled to a Social Security number, if you do not have one and are not eligible for one – such as immigration documents that do not include permission to work in the United States. DMV will verify your Social Security number electronically with the Social Security Administration.
- Proof of full legal name – such as birth certificate, or a combination of documents that create a link proving current full legal name, such as a birth certificate and government-issued marriage certificate.
Note: All documents must be the original or certified copy from the issuing agency. All birth certificates must be issued by a federal, state or local government agency of the United States and are not acceptable if laminated. An unexpired foreign passport is required with certain U.S.-immigration documents. For a complete list of acceptable proof of legal presence, please visit our Proof of Identity page.