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OKLAHOMA CITY - The decision to comply with federal law in regards to the Real ID Act is in the hands of our lawmakers once again.

There are two sides to the argument; if we comply, some people said we could be subject to more intrusion and government control. If we don’t, some public safety officials said there could be consequences.

The state has until Oct. 10, 2016 to make a decision, and the clock is ticking.

Our state opted out of the Real ID Act, and under the law, Oklahoma licenses are just not secure enough.

"We didn't trust that data could be held safely at one place," said Rep. Lewis Moore.

The Federal Government extended the deadline for Oklahoma to either comply or face repercussions.

"There's been like 6,000 breaches of data security at the federal and state level where data has been lost, data has been stolen, internationally, nationally," said Moore.

Some lawmakers feel we are being punished by not making security changes.

"The main thing that has been pressed on us, leveraged against us, is you won't be able to fly if you don't have a driver’s license or ID,” said Moore.

"If you want to go to Kansas City to watch the Big 12 Championship game, you're going to have to have a passport," said Michael Thompson, Commissioner of Public Safety.

A passport costs more than $100, which is a big chunk of change for a lot of people.

Again, lawmakers have until Oct. 10 of next year to make a decision.

"I don't fully understand the resistance to it," said Thompson.

Public safety officials worry about what could happen if we opt out once again.

"Once that extension expires and if we're not going to comply with it, I do believe at some point we're going to have consequences, and I strongly believe that and I know some people don't," said Thompson.

Another concern for lawmakers is waiting to maintain our driver’s license issuing system through tag agencies, rather than consolidating them into one centralized location.

The conversation will continue until a decision is reached.

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