Residents may get the Oregon state ID card if they cannot obtain a driver’s license, do not wish to operate motor vehicles, or lose their driving privileges for any reason. With an ID card, while Oregon residents cannot operate motor vehicles, they will be able to use their identification credentials as proof of age and identity when purchasing alcohol or tobacco products, registering to vote or applying for government assistance.

While a REAL identification card is not yet available in the state, Oregon residents may upgrade a standard credential to a REAL ID-compliant card in July of 2020. Until then, residents may continue to use their non-compliant credentials as proof of their age and identity, or they may use another federally compliant ID form, such as a U.S. passport. To learn more about the process of applying for an identification credential, review the sections below.

Oregon DMV ID Requirements

To meet Oregon DMV state ID requirements, all applicants must present valid proof of identity, legal presence in the U.S. and physical address before they may obtain the non-driver identification credential through the Division of Driver & Motor Vehicle Services (DMV). If applicants hold a driver’s license, learning permit or identification credential from Oregon or any other state or country, they must also surrender these documents to the DMV. Keep in mind that Oregon residents cannot hold an identification credential and driving license at the same time.

Note: As part of the state’s ID card requirements, motorists with physical impairments or medical conditions may surrender their driver’s licenses to the DMV, and obtain a free, non-driving identification credential if they no longer feel comfortable operating motor vehicles.

What do you need to get an ID in Oregon?

“What do you need to get a state ID in Oregon?” residents may wonder. To obtain a non-driver identification credential in the state, customers must complete the Application for Driving Privileges or ID Card (State Form 735-173), and submit it, along with proof of their legal presence, identity and physical address. However, the specific documents needed for state ID eligibility vary, depending on whether customers are permanent U.S. citizens or visitors. For instance, U.S. citizens, citizens of COFA nations or lawful permanent residents must submit:

  • One proof of their legal presence/identity. Acceptable proof includes: a government-issued birth certificate, a U.S. passport book or card, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a current Permanent Resident card, a Certificate of Naturalization or a Certificate of Citizenship.
  • One proof of name change, if applicable. If an identity card applicant’s current name differs from the name on his or her proof of identity/legal presence, a customer must also present proof of the name change. Acceptable proof includes a government-issued marriage certificate, record of domestic partnership, certified death record or divorce decree.
  • One proof of physical address. Acceptable proof of an Oregon address includes a W-2 or 1099 form, a rental or leasing agreement, a paycheck, a concealed weapons permit or a letter from a homeless shelter or similar type of organization.

Moreover, these requirements will differ if applicants are not U.S. citizens. For instance, these documents required for state ID eligibility include:

  • One or more proofs of legal name and authorized stay in the U.S. Several examples include valid proofs of: a temporary resident identification card, a foreign passport and a current admittance stamp, an Employment Authorization card, a refugee travel document or a record of arrival/departure.
  • One proof of residential address. Acceptable proof of residing in the state includes: a utility statement, a vehicle registration or car title certificate, a paystub, a voter profile report, a health insurance card or a letter from a homeless shelter or a halfway house.

When applying for a state ID, if applicants cannot present proof of physical address, another household member may accompany them to the DMV to provide a verbal statement.

In some cases, the DMV may refuse a document or request additional proof of eligibility. For instance, several unacceptable documents include hospital birth records, baptismal certificates or business cards.

Additionally, all OR DMV identification card applicants must pay a fee. As payment for the DMV ID card fee, customers may pay by check, cash or credit/debit card.

How to Get an ID in Oregon

To find out where to get state ID credentials, applicants can get started by obtaining a full list of participating offices, addresses, contact information and daily hours of operation under the DMV’s website. Additionally, the website displays estimated wait times for certain DMV offices. However, applicants cannot get ID online in Oregon, as they must visit a local DMV office to apply in person, and present proof of their eligibility.

To obtain non-driver identification cards in Oregon, applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Visit a DMV office during regular its business hours
  2. Submit an application (this form is available for download toward the bottom of this page or customers may obtain an application in person, at a DMV office)
  3. Present proof of state residence, identity and legal presence
  4. Take a photograph
  5. Pay the applicable fee
  6. Receive a temporary identification credential, and wait for the permanent card to arrive in the mail

When visiting the DMV to get ID credentials, each applicant must have a photograph taken for his or her new card. In the photo, however, an applicant cannot wear eye or sunglasses, hats or head coverings (unless customers have a religious reason for doing so), bandages or stickers, face paint or contacts that change the appearance of the applicant’s eyes.

REAL ID Cards in Oregon

A REAL ID card is a special type of identification credential that complies with federal security requirements under the REAL ID Act of 2005. After October 1, 2020, individuals need a REAL ID-compliant credential when boarding domestic commercial flights or entering certain federal buildings, military bases and nuclear power plants. Various types of federally compliant credentials include REAL ID cards and driver’s licenses, military IDs and passport books or cards.

While purchasing a REAL ID-compliant identification credential or driver’s license is optional, individuals must be able to present a federally acceptable form of ID if they wish to board commercial aircrafts or enter federal facilities after October 1, 2020. If Oregon residents do purchase a REAL ID-compliant credential, however, they may use their cards as proof of age, identity and address, just as they would with a standard card.

Moreover, residents cannot apply for REAL ID credentials in Oregon until July of 2020, as REAL ID-compliant cards are not yet available in the state. Since the state of Oregon was granted an extension for meeting the requirements of the REAL ID Act, residents may continue to use their non-compliant cards as proof of identity until October 10, 2019. While Oregonians cannot purchase REAL identification cards until July of 2020, the DMV hopes to obtain additional extensions from the federal government.

If residents wish to apply for a REAL ID in Oregon after these federally compliant cards become available, they must provide the DMV with additional documents as proof of their eligibility, including proof of their Social Security Numbers (SSNs). For instance, documents required for REAL ID credentials include the following:

  • Evidence of identity and lawful presence, such as a government-issued birth certificate or valid U.S. passport
  • Proof of SSN, such as a Social Security card, 1099 or W-2 form
  • Two proofs of physical address, such as a current bank statement or utility bill
  • Proof of any legal name changes, if applicable (such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree)

To obtain a list of acceptable documents, refer to the above section entitled, “What do you need to get an ID in Oregon?”

How to Renew or Replace a State ID in Oregon

Residents may replace a lost ID in Oregon by completing an application (State Form 735-173), and submitting it in person, at a DMV office. During this time, applicants must pay a replacement fee and present evidence of identity and physical address.

If cardholders wish to renew their identification credentials, however, they must complete these same steps, but they will also need to have a new photograph taken. In some cases, however, out-of-state cardholders may renew their credentials by calling 503-945-5000.

To obtain a replacement ID card address sticker, residents may submit an online request, rather than visiting a local DMV office. To do so, customers must submit an “Oregon DMV Driver Related Inquiry/Request Form.”

DMV ID Costs in Oregon

When purchasing, renewing or replacing a standard identification credential in Oregon, several common fees include the following:

  • $44.50 to obtain a new card or renew an identification credential that expired more than one year prior
  • $40.50 to renew a credential
  • $39.50 to replace an identification credential
  • $0 to replace an address sticker
  • $0 to surrender a driver’s license, in exchange for a non-driving identification credential

Applicants must pay an additional DMV ID cost for REAL ID-compliant cards once these credentials become available in July of 2020. However, the DMV has not yet set this fee.

Last updated on Wednesday, March 4 2020.