Governor John Kitzhaber announced on May 1 that Oregon law enforcement will begin accepting IDs issued by the Mexican government during traffic stops and other situations where ID is required. The Mexican consulate issues consular identification cards, also known as as Matricula Consular cards, to Mexican citizens living abroad.
The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles used to accept the Matricula Consular cards as a form of identification for people seeking an Oregon driver’s license. That ended in 2008, when an executive order signed by then-Governor Ted Kulongoski went into effect. Kulongoski’s executive order requires proof of legal residence in order to obtain an Oregon driver’s license. The new policy change to accept the Mexican ID cards during traffic stops and other instances still leaves a lot of legal questions unanswered. A work group convened by Governor Kitzhaber is still trying to find a more comprehensive solution.
An estimated 800 police and sheriff’s departments in the U.S. accept Matricula Consular as a form of identification.
Do you carry a Matricula Consular? Do you work in law enforcement? What difference will this policy make in your life?
- Francisco Lopez: Executive director of CAUSA
- Jim Ludwick: Communications director for Oregonians for Immigration Reform