After a long wait from the initial drafting of the HB 2015 Equal Access to Roads Act, the bill will finally take effect starting January 1st 2021. Under this bill, individuals in the state of Oregon will not need to provide a U.S birth certificate nor a valid passport to obtain a driver’s license. This also eliminates the requirement for people to provide any legal documentation from the United States, opening a new opportunity for thousands of immigrants living in the state of Oregon who have been unable to drive with a valid license due to their immigration status. The bill was initiated to provide anti-discrimination and confidentiality provisions for the protection of Oregonians, despite their immigration status.
This is the first time in over 10 years that all Oregonians can access a driver’s license in the state without proving their legal status. After substantial work from immigrants’ rights groups, lawmakers, state legislators and Oregon State Governor Kate Brown, immigrants are once again given the opportunity to drive safely and receive proper training before getting behind the wheel. As a result of this, we can ensure safer driving conditions in the state for all U.S citizens and members of the community.
It is important to keep in mind that there are still several requirements one must meet and information one must provide in order to obtain a driver’s license, including: full legal name and form of identity, date of birth, proof of Oregon residency, and a Social Security Number (SSN). If you are unable to provide a Social Security Number, you will need to submit a written statement when applying for your driver’s license.
It is also important to note that HB 2015 only applies to Class C driver’s licenses. Truck driver’s licenses and other driving classes are not included. These standard licenses and IDs are not to be used as real forms of identifications and will not make someone eligible to register to vote. Also, this form of identification will not be included in acceptable proof of ID for traveling via airplane beginning October 1st 2021.
If you or someone you know are eligible for an Oregon driver’s license, please visit your local DMV office or website by clicking here to set an appointment for your driving test.