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Friday, March 9, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions for DACA & TPS Driver License Law (HB 4111)

1. Q: What does HB 4111 do?
A: The bill maintains driving privileges for DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders whose status has expired by allowing them to renew or replace a limited-term driver license or state ID provided that the applicant shows proper identification.

2. Q: When will HB 4111 go into effect?
A: Starting July 1, 2018, DACA and TPS holders whose status expired can renew and replace their driver license or state ID by demonstrating the applicant’s expired work authorization document. 

3. Q: What type of documentation does the applicant need to show to the DMV? 
A: The applicant needs to show their most recent employment authorization document issued by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

4. Q: What if my work authorization document is expired?
A: If an applicant’s work authorization document expired on or after August 1, 2014, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will accept the documentation when renewing or replacing a license.

5. Q: How long does the limited-term driver license last for?
A: The limited-term driver license lasts for 2 years.

6. Q: How long will this law remain in effect?
A: This law will remain in effect until December 31, 2021.

7. Q: My DACA or TPS already expired, but I never applied for a driver license. Can I get a driver license for the first time under this new law? 
A: No, HB 4111 only applies to the renewal and replacement of a limited-term driver license or state ID. If a person’s DACA or TPS already expired and they never applied for a driver license, this law does not permit the DMV to issue a new driver license.

8. Q: I thought DACA and TPS holders could already get a driver licenses, what difference does this bill make? 
A: Due to federal policy changes regarding DACA and TPS, some Oregonians will no longer be able to renew their status, or will experience delays in renewal. HB 4111 ensures that these individuals don’t lose their ability to drive when or if their status expires.

9. Q: My DACA or TPS status hasn’t expired, what does that mean for applying for a driver license?
A:  DACA and TPS holders whose status is current can still apply, renew, or replace their limited term driver license.

10. Q: What about driver’s licenses for other undocumented people? 
A: To extend driving privileges to all Oregonians regardless of citizenship status, the Oregon legislature must pass a bill to change current law. The next opportunity to advocate for driver licenses for all is during the 2019 legislative session which starts in February, 2019.

11. Q: What do I do if I have trouble renewing or replacing my limited-term driver license at the DMV?
A: Contact Causa at 503-409-2473


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