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DMV to suspend preparation efforts for new driver card (Radio News Release)

​ODOT Radio News

Oct. 18, 2013

For more information: David House, DMV Public Information Officer, (503) 945-5270

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Suggested lead: An Oregon-issued driver card for people who don’t qualify for a driver license is on hold. Shelley Snow has the story…



SALEM - With the Oregon Secretary of State’s recent announcement, DMV has put the brakes on work it had been doing in order to begin issuing the legislatively approved “driver card” in January.

HOUSE: DMV has to suspend implementation of the driver card program. So it will not go into effect as scheduled in January 2014. Instead we need to wait for the results of that election next November, November 2014. :14

DMV Public information officer David House said much of the detailed preparation work has been done, because DMV staff needed to be ready to launch the program. DMV will hold onto that preparation work and await the decision of voters in November 2014. If the driver card is approved by voters, DMV would then have 30 days to launch the program.

HOUSE: We still have to do some preparation work in case we do need to implement within 30 days, but we’ve made a lot of the ground work, got a lot of the groundwork done. We’ve got the brochures ready to go, we’ll hopefully have a video for potential applicants ready to go. :14

For now, in order to drive legally in Oregon, you must have a valid driver license; whether the state can offer the alternative ‘driver card’ is up to voters.

Reporting from Salem, I'm Shelley Snow.