Oregon has enacted legislation (Senate Bill 569) that prohibits an employer from requiring an employee or prospective employee to possess or present a valid driver's license as a condition of employment or continued employment. Senate Bill 569 takes effect on January 1, 2022.
Senate Bill 569 prohibits employers from taking the following actions against an employee or candidate:
- Requiring them to possess or present a valid driver license unless the ability to legally drive is an essential function of the job or is related to a legitimate business purpose as a condition for, or continuation of, employment; and
- Refusing to accept, as an alternative to a driver's license, other identification documents that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows to be used to verify identity and work authorization (see Form I-9's list of acceptable documents).
Employers may accept a driver's license as identification if an employee or candidate voluntarily offers it.
Oregon employers should review their hiring policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Senate Bill 569. Please contact your dedicated service professional with any questions.