Oregon receives annual Real ID Act extension

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Oregon receives annual Real ID Act extension

Oct. 2, 2018

For more information: David House, 503-945-5270, david.j.house@odot.state.or.us

Driver licenses, ID accepted for air travel as state prepares to offer Real ID cards in 2020


The Department of Homeland Security has given Oregon another annual extension for compliance with the federal Real ID Act through Oct. 10, 2019. Oregon-issued driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards will continue to be accepted at federal facilities where individuals are required to present an identification document for access.

The most common federal use of state-issued ID is for air travel. Oregon expects to continue to receive annual Real ID Act extensions until October 2020. The federal law set standards for state-issued ID to enter secure federal areas, which includes boarding domestic flights because airport security is administered by the federal Transportation Safety Administration.

Oregon DMV will begin issuing the optional Real ID-compliant cards in July 2020, as authorized by the Oregon Legislature in 2017. The legislation authorized DMV to build a Real ID-compliant card option into its computer system scheduled to debut in July 2020.

Oregon law does not require you to get a Real ID card. Your current card will remain valid until its expiration date. You will be able to travel by air without a Real ID driver license or ID card – you can use a U.S. passport, for example, to board a plane.

For details on the Real ID Act, visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id



Oregon already meets the majority of Real ID requirements, and the remaining requirements will become available with DMV’s new system starting in July 2020.

If in the future you choose to get a Real ID version of your Oregon driver license or ID card, you will need to show DMV documents to verify:

  • Your identity and legal presence, such as a U.S. government-issued birth certificate or valid U.S. passport
  • Your Social Security number, such as your Social Security card
  • Your address, such as a utility bill and a vehicle registration card

Your documents will be verified and scanned, and the copies stored securely for 10 years. Original documents will be returned to you.

Additional information about required documentation will be available at www.OregonDMV.com by July 2020. If you think you may want a Real ID card in the future, you may wish to act now by making sure you have safely stored or obtained these documents. Information about ordering identity and legal presence documentation can be found here:

  • For a birth document visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm
  • For a passport visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/
  • For immigration questions call: 1-800-375-5283



For details about Oregon’s coming Real ID card option, visit

For more information about DMV’s Service Transformation Program, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/STP/STP_Information.aspx


Any time you need to visit an Oregon DMV office in person, DMV suggests that you visit OregonDMV.com to make sure you have everything you need. If you just need to renew your vehicle registration, you can do that online at OregonDMV.com for passenger vehicles and a few other types of vehicles, such as travel trailers.