On April 30th 2013, the Oregon House passed SB 833, which was signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber on May 1st. The law which would become effective January 1st 2013 allows undocumented immigrants in Oregon to access an Oregon Driver’s Card. Oregon will be the fifth state to authorize undocumented immigrants to drive legally.
The Oregon Driver Card (ODC) is a new document designed to keep our roads safe by allowing individuals, who do not have the documentation to access Oregon Driver’s Licenses, to get licensed and insured. Such individuals include:
1. Elderly, who were born at home rather than at a hospital, and cannot, provide a birth certificate.
2. Emerging homeless, to re-enter the workforce and society, although it requires all applicants to prove residency in Oregon for at least a year.
3. Veterans, it would permit our decorated and honorable servicemen and servicewomen to use their military documents in the application process.
4. Undocumented Oregonians and workers.
The Oregon Driver Card will be available to the public on January 1st, 2014, and will be administered and accessed at the DMV.
Requirements to get an Oregon Driver’s Card
To qualify for an Oregon Driver’s Card, one must:
• Prove residency in Oregon for one year;
• Provide a valid unexpired passport or consular ID;
• Applicants with prior SSN’s must show them to DMV;
• The required facial recognition technology to prevent fraud
• Pay the $64.00 fee
The Oregon Driver’s Card cannot be used for voting, getting a firearms identification card, boarding an airplane, or entering a federal building. However, businesses, local economies, and local banks may take them, but it will take advocacy and coordination between departments, businesses, advocacy groups, and individuals.
Holders will be subject to all provisions of the Vehicle Code, including those requiring insurance coverage. Anyone applying for any license, including an Oregon Driver Card, must prove that the vehicle they are using for the road test is insured. Finally, if someone with it is stopped and cannot show proof of insurance, the driver will be ticketed for not having it.
Oregon Driver’s Card does not grant any status to undocumented immigrants
Immigration status is a matter of federal law. Oregon Driver’s Cards issued under state law cannot convey any immigration status.
The Oregon Health Equity Alliance brings together various organizations with diverse strengths, and the people we will reach come from diverse and under-served communities. Oregon Action, CAUSA-Oregon, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Urban League, and the Oregon Latino Health Coalition will serve as lead organizations. Combining our resources as an alliance to jointly work on health equity will increase our effectiveness in achieving policy change and grassroots civic engagement. We bring unique perspectives, experiences, and skill sets that involve both policy advocacy and grassroots participation, allowing the people most affected by health disparities to drive health equity. The alliance seeks to provide in-depth leadership development, education, and engagement with alliance and community members on health equity and social determinant of health policies. Our goals include:
1. Build greater political power among underserved communities, particularly low-income and people of color communities.
2. Create a space for underserved communities to meaningfully take part in decision-making processes regarding social determinants of health policies.
3. Influence health equity policy outcomes at the state legislature so that they reflect the needs of underserved communities in Oregon