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Renewing your Drivers License gets harder on July 1st

If you have a Driver's License which expires on or after July first of this year, you may be in for a bit of a surprise.

You've probably heard about that the February legislative session in Salem took some steps to make it harder for illegal aliens to fraudulently obtain a Driver's License, Driver's Permit, or State Identification Card. You may even have cheered the news. But consider: The only way to prevent illegal aliens from getting these ID's fraudulently is to make sure everyone filing an application is a legal citizen of the State of Oregon.

That means that YOU will have to prove it, even if you've had a Driver's License for years in Oregon, and what you need to prove it may give you a bit of work to obtain. An original birth certificate - not a notarized copy, but the original - may be one requirement. Possibly a Social Security card may be another.

What documents the D.M.V. will be able to accept to prove your citizenship, or to show that you are in the U.S. legally, are still being established - and if you would like to have some input on this subject, you have only till Friday, May 2nd, to offer it.

This can be done two ways:

· Online, at: The ODOT website

· Or in writing to: ODOT Rules Coordinator, 355 Capitol Street N.E., Room 29, Salem, OR 97301

'It's important for Oregonians to know that these requirements apply to all individuals, not just people applying for driving privileges or an Oregon ID card for the first time,' DMV Administrator Tom McClellan says.

Although the new law takes effect in July, DMV is urging Oregonians to prepare early for their next driver license or ID card renewal date.

'Even if your license or ID card doesn't expire for months or years, it's a good idea to start preparing now,' McClellan says. 'Make sure you have your government-issued birth certificate, Social Security card, U.S. passport, or any other forms of ID stored safely. And remember, it takes time to obtain some of these documents.'

For more information about the new state ID requirements, and on other changes or proposed changes to driver license and ID card rules, visit the Internet website: www.OregonDMV.com.