Update: Oklahoma granted grace period over REAL ID Act

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UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security told the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety that it will allow another grace period to help the state meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act.

Homeland Security will allow a three-month grace period before current extensions expire.

For the next three months, Oklahomans will be able to use their driver’s license to access military bases and almost all federal facilities.

The update “does not affect identification shown at airports in the United States. Until announced otherwise, the Transportation Security Administration will continue to accept valid driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by all states. DHS plans to announce the schedule for any changes to air travel requirements by the end of the year, and will ensure the state governments and the traveling public are notified at least 120 days in advance of implementation,” according to DHS.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A 10-year-old law could affect the way you get into certain buildings around town.

"They could be denied access to federal buildings, that includes military bases," Capt. Paul Timmons, with the Department of Public Safety, said.

The REAL ID Act of 2005 was signed into law by President George W. Bush to increase security standards for state driver's licenses and ID cards.

"9/11 commission wanted to change the process because the terrorists during 9/11 used fake documents," Capt. Timmons said.

In 2007, Oklahoma signed legislation that said the state couldn't fully comply with the Act's regulations for those IDs.

Until then, access might be denied in places like the federal courthouse and Tinker Air Force Base.

"It could require a change on how we issue a document. It's not just the card itself. It's the process," he said.

And that means you'll have to use certain IDs to get into federal and military facilities.

The House of Representatives failed to pass a bill earlier this year that would have made Oklahoma compliant with the REAL ID Act.

That means IDs, like a driver’s license, won't get you into some federal buildings and onto airplanes.

"Our officials here at DPS have been working with state officials to try and get a change in legislation to allow us to become compliant,” Capt. Timmons said. “Oklahoma's filed an extension. We feel we will be granted an extension, but there's no guarantee."

Right now, you will still be able to use your driver's license at the airport.

But that could change as early as next year unless the Department of Homeland Security grants an extension. Right now, the airport says it's all up in the air.

Right now, DPS says the best way to prevent having to turn around at the door is to call your destination ahead of time so you know what type of ID's they will accept.

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