I currently have a Real ID license from another state. Is it transferable for an Oregon Real ID license?
No. Federal requirements don’t allow for the transfer of a Real ID license and require states to view and image all documentation upon original issuance in that state. You will need to present original documentation such as a U.S. birth certificate or passport, Social Security card, and two proofs of residence address, as well as meet all Oregon issuance requirements. However, Real ID licenses from other states can be used like any other out-of-state driver license to waive behind-the-wheel drive tests in certain circumstances.
What documentation will be required if I decide to get a Real ID card?
When Oregon DMV begins to issue Real ID cards, you will need to bring in documents to verify:
- Identity and legal presence. Acceptable documents include a U.S. government-issued birth certificate, unexpired U.S. passport/passport card, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, Consular Record of Birth Abroad, valid permanent resident card, valid employment authorization card, an unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired visa and valid I-94 issued by DHS, or an unexpired passport issued from the Federated State of Micronesia, the Republic of Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau and a valid I-94 issued by DHS.
- Social Security number. Acceptable documents include a Social Security Card, W2 form, a 1099 form, or paystub. Documents must include your name and SSN.
- Address. Acceptable documents can be found here. Two proofs of address are required and you must present hardcopy documents for imaging purposes.
You can also use the Oregon Real ID Requirements Guide to determine the documents you will need and get a customized checklist.
Your documents will be verified and scanned and the copies stored securely for 10 years. Original documents will be returned to you.
Information regarding ordering identity and legal presence documentation can be found here:
What will DMV do with the documents I bring in?
Your documents will be scanned and retained securely in Oregon’s driver license system for a minimum of 10 years. Scanned files are available to limited DMV personnel only for the purpose of document verification. Personal information in Oregon driving records is protected, and can only be released to qualified entities under Oregon’s Record Privacy Law.
When will Real ID cards be available?
Oregon DMV will begin issuing Real ID cards on July 6, 2020. At this time, DMV is not planning to make appointments available for Real ID credentials. Additionally, applications for Real ID cards cannot be submitted early. If you do not plan to fly domestically or access secure federal facilities, or if you already have a valid passport (or passport card), you may want to wait until it is time to renew your current Oregon Driver License or ID card to avoid the initial rush.
I already brought in identity documents to receive my standard Oregon Driver License. Will I have to bring them in again to receive a Real ID license?
Yes, federal Real ID regulations require Oregon DMV to verify and copy the documents you present to prove your identity, Social Security number, and Oregon residency, even if you already have an Oregon Driver License or ID card.
What if I am unable to bring in the required documentation to obtain a Real ID Card?
You still might be eligible for a standard Oregon Driver License or ID card, since the requirements for these are different.
Oregon offers a non-specified sex indicator (“X”) on its driver licenses and identification cards. Will this remain an option for Real ID cards?
Yes. Federal standards require that gender, as determined by state policies, be displayed on the surface of a Real ID card. Oregon’s “X” indictor complies with this requirement.
I recently renewed my driver license. Will I need to apply again if I want to get a Real ID license before my next renewal?
If you choose to replace your current driver license with a Real ID driver license, you must apply in person at a DMV office on or after July 6, 2020. You will pay the fee for a replacement driver license, as well as the Real ID fee. Your card will keep the same expiration date. You may want to wait to apply for a Real ID until your next renewal, and use another acceptable document, like a passport, for boarding domestic flights.
My current license will expire before Oregon begins issuing Real IDs. Can I get an extension on my license so I can get a Real ID license with my renewal?
No, in order to maintain a valid driving privilege, you must renew your driver license before it expires.