SALEM - Starting Jan. 1, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles will begin electronically verifying U.S. immigration documents from applicants for Oregon driver licenses, driving permits and identification cards.

The DMV will use the federal Department of Homeland Security's systematic alien verification for entitlements program. If immigration documents don't check out, the DMV will not issue driving privileges or identification cards. However, if all other documents are valid, the DMV will issue a temporary license.

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