Oklahoma travelers hoping for extension to Real ID Act

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OKLAHOMA - The state will soon find out if Oklahoma will receive an extension to Real ID compliance deadlines which would require a passport to fly or enter a military installation.

Oklahoma is one of several states that isn't compliant with the Real ID Act, which passed back in 2005.

"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.

The extension would last until 2020.

If the state doesn't get the extension, then Oklahomans will have to have a passport in order to fly in 2018 and enter a military base starting in October of this year.

"That will begin causing real inconvenience for real Oklahomans that was created entirely by an act of legislature in 2007," said Senator David Holt.

The law said Oklahoma will not comply with the act.

So, a new law would have to be passed to do away with the law in order for the state to comply.

"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," Holt said.

That's why Holt said he hopes Oklahoma gets the extension and they can eventually pass the bill.

"I'm hopeful that we will listen to the people and provide convenience to them. I think that not providing a license to Oklahomans that they can use to fly commercial or enter a military base means that we are failing at a basic service requirement," Holt said.

We spoke with a few frequent flyers to see how many people have a passport and, if they do, how often they keep it on them.

"I travel from California to Oklahoma back and forth, and I just use my ID," said one traveler.

He then told us he has a passport but usually keeps it at home.

"I don't have a passport. For me, it's just you have to go through too much red tape," said another traveler.

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