Houston, TX asked in Real Estate Law for Oregon

Q: Is it really a law that a realtor can ask me to send my DL or Passport to them over the internet.

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A: Sure they can ask. Anybody can ask.

If you’re worried about cybersecurity, hand carry it into the realtor’s office old school

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  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: There is no Oregon law that requires you to provide any particular information over the internet for a real estate transaction. There are no civil or criminal sanctions for refusing this request. The request may be the realtors preferred practice, but you are not obligated to comply with the request. If you do not send electronically, the worst that can happen is that the realtor might refuse to help you. The information they seek is sensitive personal information that should be safeguarded. Best protection is to just bring it in to the office. Finally, if the realtor insists, find a different realtor that does in-person transactions. Best of luck!

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