All Americans must have a Real ID by October 1, 2021, if they plan to fly domestically, enter a federal facility or a nuclear facility. However, a passport or passport card can be used in place of a Real ID.
The state of Oklahoma has updated the Oklahoma Mobile ID app to allow Oklahomans to "quickly and easily pre-enroll for Real ID."
"The team at the Department of Public Safety has worked tirelessly to update systems and adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 in order to implement REAL ID," said Governor Kevin Stitt.
The new REAL ID functionality lets Oklahomans jumpstart the enrollment process from their home. Mobile ID users can use the app’s checklist to confirm they have the correct documents, upload them using their smartphone camera, and answer a brief questionnaire. By completing these steps in advance, applicants can expect to decrease their transaction time during their in-person visit by up to 40%.
"We are pleased to roll out the next phase of Oklahoma Mobile ID for our citizens," said Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Scully. "The efficiency and convenience of this app allows the Department of Public Safety to close the gap on services that have slowed down due to COVID-19 and jumpstart the REAL ID application from home."
Oklahoma became the second state in the nation to implement Mobile ID in 2019.
Mobile ID is a digitized version of a physical driver’s license that allows users to safely store their identification on a smartphone. The technology provides unprecedented security and privacy controls that give the individual the ability to determine who they share personal information with and what information they share.
While the digital identification is accepted in many instances, it does not currently replace a physical identification card for all situations, such as interactions with law enforcement or the Transportation Security Administration.
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