What is the Real ID Act?
The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005, based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission that the federal government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” It establishes standards that state-issued driver licenses and identification cards must meet in order to be accepted for certain federal purposes.
When will Oregon begin issuing Real ID cards?
Oregon will begin issuing Real ID cards in mid-2020. Real ID cards will be optional, and Oregonians who do not wish to get one can keep their standard driver license or ID card.
Why isn’t Oregon issuing Real ID cards now?
The Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 374 in the 2017 legislative session. SB 374 allows DMV to issue Real ID-compliant driver licenses and ID cards beginning July 2020. Previously, Oregon law prevented the issuance of Real ID cards.
Why is Oregon taking so long to issue Real ID cards?
DMV is in the midst of a major IT overhaul. This project replaces the current computer system and, among many other improvements, allows DMV to issue Real ID cards beginning July 6, 2020.
What are the differences between Oregon’s current driver license and a Real ID license?
The difference is access. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, the federal government will require Real ID compliant identification to board a domestic commercial flight or enter a secure federal building or military base, so you will not be able to use a standard Oregon Driver License or ID Card for these purposes. However, you may use a passport or other acceptable form of federal identification. See the TSA website for other forms of identification that will be accepted.
Both license types will allow you to legally drive and prove identity and age for things such as entering an age-restricted venue, buying alcohol or tobacco products, renting a vehicle, or writing a check.
Oregon has been granted an extension to Real ID enforcement. What does that mean?
The federal government grants extensions to states that are working towards issuing Real ID driver licenses and identification cards. The extension means that you can continue to use your Oregon Driver License or ID Card to board commercial aircraft or enter secure federal facilities. Oregon DMV expects to receive additional extensions until we can start to issue Real ID cards in mid-2020.
Oregon’s current Real ID extension is valid through October 10th, 2018 and I’m flying soon after that. Will I be able to use my Oregon driver license to board the plane?
Oregon has applied for an additional extension and is currently awaiting a response from the Department of Homeland Security. We believe that Oregon will be granted an extension; however, we can’t guarantee it. If Oregon isn’t granted another extension, it’s likely that there will be a short grace period before TSA stops accepting Oregon IDs. To avoid any uncertainty or issues when you fly, you may wish to get a passport or passport card, or visit the Transportation Security Administration’s website to find out if there are other documents you can use.
Where can I learn more about Real ID?
Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website.