SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Oregon are preparing to accept identification cards issued by the Mexican government to prove people’s identities during traffic stops and other police contacts.
The effort was announced in a letter from Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber (KIHTS’-hah-bur) that was read to activists at a May Day rally in Salem on Tuesday. It comes four years after Oregon began requiring driver’s license applicants to prove that they’re legally in the country.
The governor says thousands of people will be unable to renew their driver’s licenses as they expire, and police need a way to accurately identify them.
Illegal immigrants will still be unable to get a driver’s license. Kitzhaber says he’s asked civic leaders to study the issue and he hopes to eventually change the law.