In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act as a response to calls for stronger identification requirements following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production. It also prohibits Federal agencies including federal airport screeners from accepting driver licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards – starting October 2020.
Real ID licenses will be available next July in Oregon, and the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is gearing up for high demand due to impending travel requirements. In efforts to prepare Oregonians for the changes the Act will make, Oregon DMV officials have launched a yearlong campaign of education efforts.