[Associated Press] Residents from 3 Pacific island nations to get standard Oregon licenses


The Associated Press

By The Associated Press 

on May 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM


The Legislature has agreed that Oregon residents from three Pacific Ocean island nations won’t have to renew their driver’s licenses each year.

The state Senate unanimously passed the bill on Monday, sending it to Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and theRepublic of Palau have an agreement with the United States that permits citizens of those nations to live in the U.S. for an unlimited amount of time.

However, Oregon law requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to expire after one year if someone’s immigration documents do not have a specific end date.

Under the bill, Oregon residents from the three nations would be granted standard eight-year driver’s licenses. The provision is expected to apply to a few thousand people.

— The Associated Press


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