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House Bill 2015 eliminates the requirement that applicants must provide proof of legal presence before receiving a standard noncommercial driver license, driver permit or identification card. House Bill 2015 does not change requirements for Real ID-compliant driver licenses, permits or identification cards, which will be available July 6th, 2020.  Expand the sections below to see Frequently Asked Questions regarding House Bill 2015.

 

​What does House Bill 2015 do?

During the 2019 legislative session, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2015 which removes the requirement for people to prove legal presence when applying for a standard Oregon driver license or ID card. A standard driver license or ID card is not Real ID​ compliant. All other requirement​s such as proof of name, identity, date of birth and Oregon residency stay the same. 

Under HB 2015 will DMV be issuing a driver licenses or ID cards to undocumented immigrants?

House Bill 2015 removes the requirement for all individuals to provide proof of legal presence when applying for a driver license or ID card. 

After January 1, 2021, individuals applying for a standard driver license or ID card must still provide proof of full legal name and identity, date of birth, Oregon residency, and a Social Security number. If an individual has not been assigned a Social Security number, they must sign and submit a written statement with their application. 

First-time applications for a driver license have additional requirements.

When will HB 2015 go into effect?

The new requirements from HB 2015 go into effect January 1, 2021. Until that date proof of legal presence is still require for a driver license or ID card. 

Why is DMV waiting so long to implement this new law?

DMV is implementing a number of changes in the next year, including a new computer system and the introduction of Real ID compliant cards in July 2020. Waiting until January 2021 allows DMV to update our technology to accommodate this law change. 

Is this a new type of driver license or ID Card?

No, House Bill 2015 only changes the requirements to apply for a standard driver license or ID card. The driver license and ID card will be the same as the current license and ID card, with all the same features. A standard driver license or ID card is not Real ID compliant. DMV will begin issuing Real ID compliant cards on July 6, 2020. 

Does HB 2015 only apply to non-US citizens?

No, beginning January 1, 2021 all individuals applying for a standard driver license or ID will no longer need to provide proof of legal presence. Individuals must still provide proof of full legal name and identity, date of birth, Oregon residency, and a Social Security number. If an individual has not been assigned a Social Security number, they must sign and submit a written statement with their application. 

Is HB 2015 going to be referred to the voters?

For information about voter referral, please visit the Oregon Secretary of State website

Do other states provide a driver license without proof of lawful status?

Yes, 13 states and Washington, D.C. currently issue driver licenses to individuals who do not provide proof of lawful status. ​

​Is this a driver-only card?

No, House Bill 2015 only changes certain requirements to apply for a standard card. The driver license and ID card will look the same and still give individuals the same privileges. 

Will there be a different fee for this driver license or ID card?

No, the fee for a driver license or ID card will remain the same.

What are the requirements to obtain a driver license or ID card beginning January 1st, 2021?

Individuals must still provide proof of full legal name and identity, date of birth, Oregon residency, and a Social Security Number. If an individual has not been assigned a Social Security number, they must sign and submit a written statement with their application. 

First-time applications for a driver license have additional requirements

Can I use the driver license or ID card for cashing checks, buying alcohol, etc.?

Just like today, acceptance of a driver license or ID card is up to each business or agency.

Will an individual be allowed to board an airplane with this license?

A standard driver license or ID card can currently be used to board flights within the U.S. Beginning October 1, 2020 you must show a passport, passport card, Real ID compliant card or other federally accepted ID in order to board a flight within the U.S. or enter certain federal facilities. DMV will begin issuing Real ID compliant cards on July 6, 2020. 

Will individuals that are newly-eligible for driver licenses in January 2021 be able to start the process prior to that date?

No, applicants who need to complete knowledge, vision, or a behind-the-wheel skills test must do so after January 1, 2021. 

​How does House Bill 2015 affect Real ID?

House Bill 2015 will not affect Oregon’s Real ID compliance. There are no changes to the requirements to qualify for a Real ID compliant card when Oregon begins issuing them in July 2020.

Find out more about Real ID

How is this license different from a Real ID?

To qualify for a Real ID compliant driver license or ID card an individual must provide proof of lawful status. Additionally, DMV will scan and store images of the documents presented by an individual applying for a Real ID card. A Real ID compliant card can also be used to board flights within the U.S. and enter certain federal facilities beginning in October 2020. 

An individual applying for a standard driver license or ID card will not need to provide proof of lawful status, and DMV will not scan and store any documents presented. A standard card cannot be used to board flights within the U.S. or for entering certain federal facilities beginning in October 2020. Beginning July 6, 2020 standard cards will contain the phrase “Not for Real ID Act.” 

Find out more about Real ID​

​How does House Bill 2015 affect Commercial Driver Licenses? 

There is no change in requirements for a commercial driver license. CDLs still require proof of lawful status.

Will DMV register undocumented immigrants to vote?

No, only those who provide proof of U.S. citizenship to DMV will be automatically registered after getting a driver license, driver permit or ID card. To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident and at least 16 years old.​

If you have more questions regarding DMV and House Bill 2015, please fill out this form​​.​ ​

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