The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Oklahoma a REAL ID extension through Oct. 10, 2019, the governor's office reported Friday.
Due to the extension, the federal government will continue to recognize Oklahoma driver's licenses and ID cards until that time.
Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to make driver's licenses harder to forge. Oklahoma lawmakers in 2007 passed a bill forbidding the state from meeting provisions of the act.
In 2017, Oklahoma lawmakers passed legislation to allow the state to begin work on building a complaint system which would include training for tag agents and creating a centralized office to handle card manufacturing and storage.
There are 43 total requirements that must be met by states to be in full compliance. Oklahoma currently is in full compliance with 30 of those requirements, partial compliance with 12, and only one non-compliant. The one non-compliant is the final certification letter that the state can’t complete until it has the system in place to issue the documents.