Oklahoma given another year to become compliant with REAL ID Act

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma has been given another year to become compliant with the REAL ID Act.

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. Paul Timmons, with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, said.

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

Officials feared that by not complying with the act soon, Oklahomans could be denied access to military bases and federal facilities.

“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.

On Wednesday, Gov. Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety announced that Oklahoma has received an extension through Oct. 10, 2016 to meet the requirements of the act.

During that time, federal agencies will accept Oklahoma -issued driver’s licenses.

“This is great news for Oklahomans and means there will be no restrictions on individuals using Oklahoma licenses to fly or access federal buildings through October 10 of next year,” Fallin said. “In the meantime, I will work this legislative session with the Legislature, DPS, Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and the Department of Homeland Security on a permanent solution.”

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