Lawmakers Working To Make Oklahoma REAL ID Compliant

Wednesday, November 18th 2015, 12:35 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

State lawmakers are working on a plan to make Oklahoma compliant with the REAL ID Act.

The REAL ID Act is a federally mandated law, enacted in 2005, that made for stricter security and authentication procedures for state driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Oklahoma passed a law forbidding compliance with the act in 2007. That lack of compliance would have kept those with Oklahoma driver’s licenses from being able to board airplanes or enter federal buildings.

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On Wednesday, the director of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) said their plan to get Oklahoma REAL ID compliant will go forward once they get the go ahead from the legislature.

The Director says the plan calls for two ID cards; one that is REAL ID compliant and another that is not for those who have privacy concerns.

Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell says the extension that Oklahoma has been given allows those with non-compliant Oklahoma IDs one year to get a compliant ID to enter federal buildings and five years in order to comply with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).

According to DPS, there has been some confusion as to when you’ll need REAL ID to board an airplane. That is still to be determined by Homeland Security.