The Oregon Legislature passed the House Bill 2015 called “Driver Licenses for All” during the 2019 legislative session, which removes the requirement that individuals must prove that they are legally present when they apply for a standard Oregon driver license, permit, or ID card. Eligible individuals can also apply for a motorcycle or farm endorsement without proving that they are legal residents. This means that immigrants in Portland, Oregon waiting to receive immigration benefits before applying for licenses no longer have to wait and can schedule an appointment soon.
This change will go into effect on January 1st, 2021. This bill will likely lead to increased demand for appointments at DMV offices. In preparation, DMV has opened about 200,000 new customer appointment slots for January and February 2021.
To schedule an appointment, go to DMV2U.oregon.gov, where you can schedule in-person services.
Note, however, that individuals applying for a driver license must provide proof of full legal name, date of birth, Oregon residency, and a Social Security number. If you do not have a Social Security number, you can confirm this when you apply for your card at the DMV.
If you are applying for the first time, you must pass additional requirements, like a vision test, knowledge test, and driving behind-the-wheel test.
We at Immigration Law Group, are happy to help you apply for your immigration benefits and this is another positive news that will help immigrants in the near future. Contact us today at (866)691-9894.