Oregonians Can Get Real ID

The next time Oregonians make an appointment at the DMV to renew their driver’s license or ID card, they probably should consider choosing to get a Real ID instead.  

On October 21, 2021, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin requiring identification that complies with the Real ID Act to pass through airport security when boarding a domestic flight. By May 3, 2023, the TSA will no longer accept standard Oregon driver licenses or ID cards. Fortunately, Oregon is now offering residents the choice of getting a Real ID-compliant card.  

Those who are interested in getting an Oregon Real ID license or ID card will need to schedule an appointment to visit a DMV office. Specific documentation will need to be provided; the Oregon Real ID Requirements Guide is an online tool that can be used by Oregon residents to help them prepare for their appointments by creating a personalized checklist of the documents they need to bring.  

You’ll need one of the following: 

  • U.S. passport or U.S. passport card 
  • U.S. birth certificate issued by a state or local government 
  • Certificate of Citizenship 
  • Certificate of Naturalization 
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad 
  • Permanent Resident Card 
  • Employment Authorization Card 
  • Foreign Passport with unexpired visa and valid I-94 issued by DHS

You’ll also need to prove that your legal full name is still your name. If it’s not, then check this list for what you’ll need to bring.  

You’ll need your Social Security number. If you don’t have one, then find one of these documents: 

  • Proof of non-work authorized status issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 
  • Proof of ineligibility for SSN issued by another federal agency.

And you’ll need two printed documents from two different agencies or businesses to prove your Oregon address. These would be things like your current driver’s license — provided it’s not more than one year expired, a piece of mail that has been delivered by the United States Postal Service — which cannot have a forwarding address sticker, or a utility bill. The full list is here. 

The easiest time to switch from a standard card to a Real ID is during your regularly scheduled renewal, but residents can change at any time by paying to replace their card and presenting the additional required documents at their appointment. 

Folks can make an appointment for a new license or ID card, including Real ID, at www.oregondmv.com/dmv2u 

By Emilie Ratcliff