SALEM - Starting in January, Oregon will issue limited-term driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards to applicants who are lawfully in the United States under any type of temporary stay.

The expiration date for these limited-term cards will be based on the cardholder's authorized length of stay in the U.S. If an applicant's authorized length of stay is indefinite, Oregon will issue cards valid for one year.

Oregon began requiring applicants for driving privileges or ID cards to provide proof of lawful presence under a law that took effect in July 2008. The same law required Oregon DMV to provide limited-term cards based on an applicant's length of stay in the U.S. Typical examples of temporary stays in the country are people on a student or employment visa.

"It's important to note that when a limited-term card expires, that does not mean the person is in the country illegally," said DMV Administrator Tom McClellan. "They may be in the process of renewing a visa. Likewise, a driver license is not proof of lawful presence in the U.S. because a person's immigration status could change even before the limited-term card expires."

For more information about Oregon requirements for driving privileges and ID cards, visit

- Dean Brickey

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