In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act setting detailed standards for licenses and IDs, requiring nationwide sharing of DMV records, and barred federal agencies from accepting IDs from non-compliant states starting in May of 2008. Like many other states, Oregon chose not to comply and the executive branch choose to rewrite the law to change the standards and change the start date (as has been done with healthcare and immigration).
The United States Department of Transportation continues its campaign to get states to join a national identification system (and news reports speak of a “hard deadline“), and Oregon is (so far) standing firm against the intimidation. Cato Institute’s Jim Harper characterizes Oregon as “a hero for standing up to DHS’s power grab and federal power grabs in general when it comes to personal data. The state’s example should be a model for other jurisdictions across the country.”
As Governor I would work to maintain the data privacy of Oregon citizens and fight against federal efforts to implement a national identification system.