In some jurisdictions, it is necessary to carry one's driver license at all times while driving. In others, it is only required to be licensed; it can be proven later after being pulled over, perhaps by taking the license to a police station within a certain amount of time.

What is the requirement in Oregon? (Answers from other jurisdictions are welcome as well.)

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    FWIW, DAs will often voluntarily dismiss charges for not having a license if a license valid at the time of the ticket is later produced, even if the law authorizes a charge in those circumstances.
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Nov 7, 2023 at 0:00

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You have to carry it with you.

ORS 807.570 (1)A person commits the offense of failure to carry a license or to present a license to a police officer if the person either: (a)Drives any motor vehicle upon a highway in this state without a license, driver permit or out-of-state license in the person’s possession

Footnote: It would sure be nice if the legislature would amend this to allow digital licenses (some states have already done this).

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