Today I mailed our expired passports to Philadelphia to be renewed. Your current Oregon driver’s license was not supposed to be sufficient to get you through the TSA check point at the airport this year after Jan. 22. But, Oregon has apparently been granted a waiver until maybe October 2018!? I have been unable to find anything definitive related to secure ID for Oregon air travelers on the internet. Since I expect to use air travel later this year, renewing our passports was the only reliable option.
I understand Congress passed the secure ID law in 2013, with 2018 as a reasonable date for states to implement secure ID driver licenses. My understanding is that the Oregon Legislature chose not to make any changes, since it was considered an unfunded mandate from the federal government. During the last legislative session I expressed my concern to Sara Gelser and understood a law was passed to resolve the problem for Oregon travelers. My understanding now is that the Oregon law authorized the DVM to implement a secure ID system, but expressly failed to fund it.
If you use air travel for business or pleasure, you may want to get a passport, or perhaps encourage the current Oregon legislative session to find the funds to provide secure Oregon ID for you. Funding various state services seems to be a keen issue in this session.
Corvallis (Feb. 23)