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Oregon DMV: Prepare for Real ID now

Jet at airport gate.
Brian Bull
Jet at airport gate.

If you plan to take a commercial flight next year, you’ll need to make sure to have a Real ID by May 2023.

Beginning May 3, 2023, federal identification requirements will no longer include a standard Oregon driver’s license or ID card when passing through airport security.

Although that requirement’s still a year away, Oregon DMV officials are urging state residents to get the Real ID to avoid any last minute rushes. Spokesperson Lauren Mulligan said a passport or U.S. Military ID can also be used in 2023. However…

“If you don’t have a passport and you always use your driver’s license, unless you get a real ID card, you won’t be able to use that driver’s license to board starting in May of next year.”

The DMV requires Real ID applications to be done in person, not online. People are strongly encouraged to visitOregon.gov/realID to learn more, including what documents are necessary for the new federal travel requirement.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.