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Oregon Real ID FAQs



Oregonians now have the option of obtaining driver licenses or identification cards that are compliant with the federal Real ID Act. Choose a subject below to read answers to questions frequently asked about Real ID. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Real ID is a state-issued driver license, instruction permit or ID card that meets the federal requirements set by the Real ID Act​. Oregon offers both a standard card and a Real ID Act-compliant card. 
Both types of cards allow you to legally drive and prove identity and age for things such as cashing a check.
Do you plan to fly on a passenger airplane within the U.S.?

Do you plan to visit a federal facility that requires ID for entry?

If you answer “yes” to either question, get the Real ID option as soon as possible, especially if you’re about to renew or replace your Oregon driver license, instruction permit or ID card.

If you have another federally acceptable ID​, such as a passport, you can use that to board a plane and enter secure federal facilities.


Without a federally acceptable ID​, you will be not be able to board an airplane for travel within the U.S. or enter secure federal facilities that require ID for entry beginning May 3, 2023. Without acceptable ID, the longer identification process at airport security could make you miss your flight.

Beginning May 3, 2023, when enforcement of the Real ID Act at U.S. airports and secure federal facilities begins. So consider getting the Real ID option now, or the next time you renew or replace your Oregon driver license, instruction permit or ID card. Plan now to avoid the rush and the risk of missing your flight.​

Visit your local DMV and bring the additional documents required by the Real ID Act. Print a list here or create a personalized list of documents you need here​.

The Act requires you to apply in person, so adding the Real ID option is not available online.

There is a $30 fee for the Real ID option, that will be added to the standard fees for original application, renewal, and replacement of a lost/stolen driver license, instruction permit or ID card.



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