OREGON HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE DISTRICT 52
January 16, 2013
CONTACT: Rep. Mark Johnson
SALEM – Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) today said he is encouraged by the Department of Motor Vehicles’ decision to accept applications for driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards from residents approved for the federal “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program.
“The agency’s decision is a step in the right direction,” Rep. Johnson said. “While the new rule isn’t perfect, it will support our local small businesses and their workers, and will help improve public safety on our roads and highways.”
The Oregon DMV determined that immigration documents under the federal deferred action program qualifies as proof of legal presence as required under state law. The Legislature approved a law in 2008 to require the DMV to verify both an individual’s social security number and proof of Oregon residency before the agency issues a driver’s license.
The law also ensures that if an applicant is in Oregon with a temporary permit, the license would expire when the applicant’s legal documentation expires. Rep. Johnson said the Legislature should further examine the issue during the upcoming legislative session.
“I support strong standards to combat identity theft and other types of fraud,” Rep. Johnson said. “This action by DMV only affects part of our population that is experiencing difficulty obtaining legal drivers licenses. We need to continue to look for more comprehensive ways to address this growing public safety issue in Oregon and House District 52.”