Why did DMV change the way it issues driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards?
Oregon started issuing driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards from a central location in the summer of 2007. This change was the result of legislation passed requiring DMV to send the cards to the address given by the applicant and use “facial recognition” software as a tool in the prevention of fraud. The law is designed to prevent someone from obtaining a driver license or ID card under a false name. For more information, read the facial recognition FAQ and the centralized issuance FAQ.
What does the interim card look like?
The interim card looks like a black-and-white copy of the permanent license, permit or ID card. It is printed on pre-printed paper and has all the same data as the permanent card – including the barcode. Its only security feature is that attempts to photocopy it will produce the word “VOID” on copies.
What is the purpose of the interim card?
The interim card is intended only as proof that the person has qualified at DMV to obtain, replace or renew a driver license, instruction permit or ID card. Oregon law requires drivers to carry their licenses at all times they are driving, so the interim card will allow them to drive while they wait for their permanent card. DMV also invalidates the person’s current plastic driver license or identification card and hands it back to them to use with their interim card as possible identification. Each business or organization must decide whether to accept these as identification.
How long is the interim card valid?
Although DMV customers typically get their cards in five to 10 business days, the interim card is valid for up to 30 days.
How should businesses and government agencies use the interim card?
The interim card verifies that an individual has qualified for driving privileges or an ID card, but it does not have the security features of a plastic laminated card. The interim card’s only security feature is that attempts to photocopy it produces the word “VOID” on copies. Businesses and organizations that request identification from their customers need to set their own policies on whether to ask for additional identification from customers who carry an interim card.
Are requirements for customers to get an interim card different from getting a card over the counter?
No, before DMV will issue an interim card, customers must meet current Oregon requirements for an original, renewed or replacement license or ID card.
Do other states mail driver licenses to customers?
Yes, several states including California and Washington issue and mail driver licenses from a central location. Mailing permanent cards has the added advantage of making it more difficult for non-Oregon residents to use a false Oregon address in order to fraudulently obtain an Oregon card.
What are the benefits for businesses and organizations of facial recognition?
Facial recognition software is designed to prevent someone from obtaining a driver license or ID card under someone else’s name or under multiple false names. Although no card or procedure can end fraud and ID theft, facial recognition makes it more difficult to falsely obtain a card from DMV.
Does this have anything to do with the federal Real ID Act?
No, this is a state law from the 2005 Oregon Legislature.