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Federal agency issues 90-day extension for Real ID Act for military bases

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that was passed almost a decade ago is likely to cause some problems for Oklahoma travelers in the coming months.

It’s all part of the Real ID Act, which is a coordinated effort by the states and the federal government to improve the reliability of state issued ID’s.

It’s meant to inhibit terrorists’ ability to get fake ID’s.

However, Oklahoma passed a law in 2007 that said our state wouldn’t comply with the Real ID Act.

Critics say they are concerned about how our information will be stored.

After several attempts to get the law reversed failed this past legislative session, Oklahomans are now facing a deadline.

Officials say Jan. 22, 2018 is when you must have a driver’s license that is compliant with the Real ID Act in order to board an airplane.

“Currently, the state of Oklahoma is operating under an extension for the Real ID compliance through the end of October so, at that time, we will find out if the state is going to qualify for another extension,” said Karen Carney with Will Rogers World Airport.

However, military bases are a completely separate issue.

Visitors to military bases and other federal facilities had until Oct. 10 to get another form of ID to comply with the Real ID Act, like a passport.

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it has issued a 90-day extension to all Department of Defense installations in the area.

Those installations include Fort Sill, Altus Air Force Base, Sheppard Air Force Base, Tinker Air Force Base and Vance Air Force Base.

Officials say the extension means that driver’s licenses from the non-compliant states can still be used at those locations until Jan. 10, 2017.

However, Real ID enforcement will begin on that date, meaning anyone wanting to access those bases after Jan. 10 will need a complaint form of ID.

State leaders say they are still concerned about the upcoming 2018 deadline for Oklahomans who currently use their driver’s licenses as forms of ID at airports.

“Even if we pass a bill in the 2017 legislative session to address this, we will not have Real ID compliant licenses in the hands of Oklahomans by the time that deadline hits in 2018,” Sen. David Holt told KFOR earlier this week.