Oklahoma DPS dispels REAL ID Act rumors

Oklahoma DPS dispels REAL ID Act rumors

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) –The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says despite what you may have heard, they have not been told about a specific deadline in regard to the REAL ID Act.

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 to set minimum standards when it comes to issuing sources of identifications, such as state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. The act prohibits federal agencies from accepting identification cards that don't meet the minimum requirements for official purposes.

However, not every state has met the requirements of the REAL ID Act, including Oklahoma. Oklahoma was granted a one-year extension to meet the requirements from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That extension is good until Oct. 10, 2016.

Oklahomans are still able to use their state-issued driver's license to access military bases and most federal facilities. DPS says TSA will continue to accept valid Oklahoma driver's licenses at airports.

The Department of Homeland Security will notify state governments and the public at least 120 days before any changes are implemented to air travel.

The REAL ID Act does not apply to the following:

  • Entering federal facilities that do not require a person to present identification.
  • Voting or registering to vote.
  • Applying for or receiving federal benefits.
  • Being licensed to drive.
  • Accessing health or life preserving services.
  • Participating in law enforcement proceedings or investigations.

DPS will continue to work with DHS to ensure that Oklahoma driver's licenses and ID cards continue to be acceptable forms of identifications for purposes under the REAL ID Act. DPS says they will also continue to work with the governor's office and Oklahoma's state and federal legislators until they find a solution and are in compliance.

You can learn more about the REAL ID Act on the Oklahoma DPS website.

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