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Some fear more than fee increase in new driver’s license law

OKLAHOMA CITY – The price you pay for a driver’s license is about to go up.

Lawmakers said the $12 increase is the first in 10 years. 

Some said they fear they will be paying more than just money with the increase.

Officials said the fee increase will help generate about $8.7 million to help with long lines at facilities by hiring more clerks and equipment for law enforcement. 

Attorney David Slane said, “I’m just concerned that that may be exactly what this funding is being used for or at least a part of it.”

Slane is referring to 2007 Senate Bill 464 that states “the state of Oklahoma shall not participate in the implementation of the Real ID Act of 2005.”

He said he is concerned that part of this new funding may be a way to sneak in what he said is a serious violation of privacy.

“I have concerns that in 2007, the legislature said that they did not want to be participating in what’s called ‘the Federal Real ID’, which means that they can take all of our personal information and put it in a federal data base and can share it with anybody they want,” Slane said. 

The information is gathered from a strip on the back of your license.

That personal information is already being collected but right now, it’s against the law to share it or sell it. 

Slane said, “I think the real question is how do we know that it’s not?”

We contacted the Department of Public Safety but no one was available to comment.